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Posted by egg3 at Feb 12, 2013 11:35 AM |
2013 New Year update

Already we are well into the new year and there are lots of changes and events to report to you all.


First, I’m sad to report that Professor Robert Fern is leaving Cell Physiology & Pharmacology in June, to a Chair at Peninsula University in Plymouth. We’re going to miss his particular translational interests in glial cells and ischemic injury! But the new job is an opportunity that cannot be missed and we wish him all the best for his future.

We’ve also had a couple of new posts filled. In Biology, Dr Swidbert Ott will be joining the Department, transferring his Royal Society Fellowship from Cambridge and setting up a research group with interests in mechanisms that enable animals with a particular genotype to adjust to changes in their environment and to study the associated changes that occur in neural signalling. Swidbert’s work is conducted on the locust, and will complement Tom Matheson’s research interests too.

Vincenzo Marra is joining Cell Physiology and Pharmacology as a Neuroscience Research lecturer in May this year. He will be studying transmitter release, vesicle recycling and synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus and also in the calyx of Held. His interest in electrophysiology, dynamic clamp, imaging and electron microscopy will bring some new approaches to the Theme.

TWO NEW Lectureships in Neuroscience

There are two new Neuroscience Lectureships which will be advertised in the coming weeks. These posts are to replace previous leavers, but are also aimed at increasing the breadth of our neuroscience teaching. There will be more about his in due course.


Joanna Shaw, Rodrigo Bammann and  Jane Pennifold in MSB 323/325 are organising an outreach to A-level students for Brain Awareness Week on 13th March 2013. Put it in your Diaries! This is part of the world-wide Brain Awareness Week, organised by the Dana Foundation and via the BNA in the UK.  There is an afternoon session with 3 speakers from the theme talking about their research; and in the evening there is a Brain Café meeting – please contact Joanna if you would like to help or participate.

Neuroscience & Behaviour Theme Symposium

Last but not Least is our own Theme Symposium scheduled for April 25th 2013. PLEASE submit your poster Abstracts as soon as possible (there are limited places and it will be first-come-first served); there are guest speakers and a good compliment of internal speakers from across the Theme to inspire you. Please plan to bring a poster (deadine for submission is 22nd March).

Grant Development Meetings

Please remember to request dates for Grant Development meetings from Emma!! We are all here to help and the first stage is to present your ideas to a few colleagues. See the Applying for a Fellowship or Grant web page for a crib sheet on what to do. You will need to log in to see this.

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