Ruth has joined Jeff McIlhinney's lab as an MRC-funded DPhil student. Ruth holds a BSc in Neuroscience from UCL, where she carried out her final year dissertation at the Institute of Neurology, concentrating on the role of microglial activation in neuroinflammatory disease. Last year Ruth successfully completed the MSc in Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, where she initially joined Jeff's lab in order to carry out her thesis on the expression and distribution of Copine-6 in brain during development.
Our congratulations go to Unit D.Phil student Alessia Manganaro, who successfully defended her D.Phil. thesis, entitled “Functional differentiation along the dorso-ventral axis of the hippocampus”, on Friday 29th May 2014.
Alessia's examiners were Prof David Bannerman (Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford) and Dr Colin Lever (Durham University). Alessia was supervised by Prof Jozsef Csicsvari and Prof Peter Somogyi.
Alessia is pictured with Prof Csicsvari, and celebrating with her student colleagues.
We are pleased to welcome Mr. Adam Tudor Jones to the Unit. Adam has joined the Magill Group as an MRC-funded D.Phil. student and will study the functional organization of the basal ganglia and related thalamocortical circuits using advanced electrophysiological and anatomical techniques. Adam has just successfully completed a M.Sc. in Neuroscience at University College London, where his research project focussed on presynaptic NMDA receptors in cells impinging on cortical interneurons in the primary visual cortex.
The MRC has published a booklet entitled 'The Brain', targetted at the general public. This booklet explores what the brain is, how it works, and how MRC-funded research is helping us to understand more about it. Unit members can obtain printed copies from the Unit reception. Link to booklet download.
The Dupret MRC group and Csicsvari IST group met for a joint Lab retreat in Hungary. Members of each lab presented their ongoing work and discussed future directions with a particular emphasis on sleep reactivation of waking hippocampal activity patterns. A productive meeting was had by all.