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.

Paul Bolam becomes Associate Unit Director

In recognition of Paul's contribution to the Council's work in general, and to the Unit's research programme in particular, Paul has been promoted to Associate Director with effect from the 1st of December. Paul joined the Department of Pharmacology in 1978 as Departmental Demonstrator and in David Smith's research group, interacting with Peter Somogyi, developed his research direction dissecting the neuronal networks of the basal ganglia. He received a Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship in 1983 and became a founding member of the Unit when it was set up in 1985. His research proposals on the basal ganglia received increasing support in each of the 4 quinquennial MRC reviews and his results and mentoring spawned the latest group in the Unit headed by Peter Magill, who was his DPhil student and has been his main collaborator.