Anna received her B.Sc. in Biology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, where she studied the effects of galvanic stimulation on the vestibular system of Xenopus laevis tadpoles. Anna recently completed her MSc in Neuroscience at Oxford having worked on sensorimotor integration of speech and the thalamocortical engagement of interneurons in the developing mouse somatosensory cortex.
Anna joined the MRC Unit in 2013 to study for her D.Phil. under the supervision of Paul Dodson and Paul Bolam and will combine behavioural assessment with in vivo electrophysiological recording to investigate a new transgenic rat model of Parkinson’s disease.
Our warmest congratulations to Anna-Kristin Kaufmann who has been awarded a prestigious scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation.
Anna’s D.Phil. thesis research in the Unit is focused on the function and dysfunction of midbrain dopamine neurons, and is carried out under the supervision of Dr Paul Dodson in the groups of Professor Paul Bolam and Professor Peter Magill.
A dwindling number of determined sporty types from the Unit braved the 10 km Town and Gown charity run supporting the Muscular Distrophy Campaign
Dr. Emilie Syed joins the Unit as a visiting scientist to advance a collaborative project between the Magill group and those of Prof. Peter Brown and Dr. Mark Walton at the University of Oxford. Emilie’s research in the Unit has the broad aim of defining how dopamine release dynamics correlate with striatal population activities during behaviour. To achieve this, Emilie is combining chronic electrophysiology and voltammetry techniques.
Members of the Magill and Bolam Basal Ganglia Labs attended the 11th International Basal Ganglia Society Meetings (IBAGS) in Eilat, Israel from the 3rd – 7th March 2013. This is a triennial meeting that brings together all leading groups in the field of basal ganglia research. The meeting consisted of daily symposia and poster sessions.