Tommas Ellender, James Harwood, Polina Kosillo, Marco Capogna and Paul Bolam report in the latest issue of the Journal of Physiology (591: pages 257-272, 2013) for the first time the heterogeneous synaptic properties of the two main thalamic projections to the striatum which originate in the rostral central lateral (CL) and the caudal parafascicular (Pf) nucleus. Building on previous work of the Unit showing that the thalamostriatal neurons in these nuclei differ in their morphology, ﬁring properties, as well as their striatal targets (Lacey et al.
Last week Tommas Ellender attended the the 40th European Histamine Research Society meeting held in Sochi, Russia, and won the first prize in the Young Investigator Awards. Tommas presented a talk with the title: 'Differential control of striatal inhibition by histamine'. The prize was awarded by the society president Prof. Anita Sydbom.
Thomas Bienvenu successfully defended (only minor corrections have been requested by the examiners) his D.Phil. thesis entitled: "Functional specialisation of GABAergic cells in the basolateral amygdala" on the 18th of August 2011. Thomas was supervised by Dr. Marco Capogna. His internal examiner was Dr. Colin Akerman, and his external examiner was Prof. Andreas Luthi from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland.
We are glad to welcome second year medical student Tobias Beusnard-Bee from The Queens College, who is going to work in the McIlhinney Lab on his Final Honours School research project under supervision of Dr. Perestenko. Toby will be working on mutagenesis of mouse N-copine and testing its calcium-dependant translocation in cultured mammalian cells and hippocampal neurons.