This is an historical archive of the activities of the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit (MRC ANU) that operated at the University of Oxford from 1985 until March 2015. The MRC ANU established a reputation for world-leading research on the brain, for training new generations of scientists, and for engaging the general public in neuroscience. The successes of the MRC ANU are now built upon at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford.

Otto Friedrich Karl Deiters

Prof. Ray Guillery, Honorary Emeritus Research Fellow in the Unit, published a biographical and science history article about his great granduncle Otto Friedrich Karl Deiters (1834-1863), on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his death. Deiters first described that neurons have several dendrites and one axon, something not all students are aware today. He also understood that neurons are polarised and first demonstrated inputs to the dendrites.