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.

Unit engages at the Cheltenham Science Festival 2014

Unit senior scientists David Dupret and Marco Capogna, and Unit D.Phil. student Colin McNamara, all enthusiastically served on the MRC stand at the Cheltenham Science Festival this year, which ran from 2nd to 7th June.  The Unit team were joined by many other MRC-funded staff and students from across the UK, and all were ably coordinated by Erika Doyle from MRC Harwell.  With a very large number of visitors, the festival attendance reached another record high.  This year at the MRC stand, special emphasis was placed on the brain, especially in relation to dementia and memory disorders.  David commented “It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for everyone involved.  The activities and discussions really engaged people, and several teachers told me that they would take away ideas from the stands for future use in the classroom”.