Ian's May blog

Posted by egg3 at May 23, 2014 10:46 AM |
Neuroscience & Behaviour Theme news

We're already planning for the next Brain Awareness Week open day in 2015, so you'll be hearing more about that over the coming months. We are also planning a 'Meet the Editor' session for this December. The objective is ask some senior editors to talk about what makes a good paper, and some of the simple things we can do to enhance the profile of our research, and give the editor what they want.

I've learned the hard way - I always remember the report I got back on the first paper that I'd written and submitted by myself, while finishing off my PhD. Yes, before you ask, it was a long time ago (1983) - it went to Brain Research and the Editor gave me a one line response…. " You cannot do this to the referee!!!!! "…. I don't think I'd paid much attention to the quality of the writing (to put it mildly). It was a bit of a shock - I did eventually get it accepted but no doubt it took longer than was necessary!

There has been a steady stream of grant development meetings and submissions over the last few months. Do have a look at our re-vamped funding web-pages, if you are thinking of submitting a grant or applying for a fellowship - you need to be planning about a year ahead (from concept to letter of acceptance :-).

Link to funding pages
Quick links to funding

New Arrivals!

It's great to hear that the School of Psychology has recruited Dr Juan Canales to the position of Reader in Behavioural Neuroscience which he has accepted and he is very excited about coming to Leicester. His research concerns the psychology and neurobiology of addiction and also neurogenesis in the adult brain.

Tom Matheson (Biology) is hosting Ben Warren - who has received a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship on the subject of the mechanotransduction current in insect auditory neurons - so that will be 3 years funding to start something new and we are looking forward to Ben's move up here.

There's something of a roll going on in Biology with Swidi Ott (PI) and Tom (CI) getting their BBSRC grant funded (at nearly £1M). We're pleased to say that this project was built from our University, College and Theme internal funding of the solitary locust facility, so this success story illustrates how some seed funding from the Wellcome Trust initiative has brought real and substantial rewards.

I know there are several other grants under submission from Theme members - so good luck to everyone!

Please check out the new Theme web pages and Strand Web pages and if you see anything that needs updating, please email Emma.

We are very keen to update our Postdoc and PhD student email lists, so if you wonder whether you are receiving everything please send Emma your email address.

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