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.

Pursuing A Nervous Encounter: Where Artists Explore Neuroscience

A Nervous Encounter charts the creative interaction between scientists in the Basal Ganglia labs at the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit and artists studying on the new interdisciplinary MA Art and Science programme based at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Over a period of months laboratory interactions have resulted in shared insights into themes ranging from current brain research and equipment, to the passion and patience involved in our neuroscience.

Artworks in response to this process will be exhibited at the Old Fire Station Gallery Oxford from 5th-20th October 2012.

The relationships, conversations and ideas forming through A Nervous Encounter are being documented at 

Read about the curious stacks of miniature suitcase-like slide boxes, or the unbelievably long extensions projecting from neurons or the lunar-landscape brain imagery produced using a beam of electrons, and many diverse themes that interested the visiting artists. Follow the blog in the build up to the exhibition to read how the artists respond to these and other topics.