Ian's June blog

Posted by egg3 at Jul 03, 2015 08:55 AM |
Neuroscience & Behaviour theme update for June 2015

Our future is beginning to resolve! The new Department has a name Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour (NPB) and a membership - based around the neuroscientists of CPP, Biology, Ophthalmology and Psychology. There are still neuroscience groupings in Genetics and Psychiatry and Engineering; so I anticipate that the Theme will continue to contribute to the college and departmental research strategy. I’m told we will get to find out who has applied for the HOD soon…. I shouldn’t spoil the fun.

We’ve had several grant successes over the past few months: Vincenzo Marra was awarded a Wellcome Seed award (£100k) and a Epilepsy Research UK grant (£30k), Joe McDearmid was funded by the Motoneuron Disease Assn. (£108k); I got a small grant from the Rosetrees Trust (£26k) and Miho Terunuma also got two research grants from the Physiological Society and Diabetes UK (£25k). Congratulations to everyone for this, and if you know of any research funding I’ve missed, please let Emma Gisborn know.

Hopefully you’ll be getting the opportunity to go on a conference some time soon. It was great to hear from Volko Straub (BNA representative) that Leicester was the 13th most highly represented institution at this year’s BNA meeting in Edinburgh, so glad to hear so many people went…. it was unlucky for me…. I was there for another meeting and turned up at the BNA, and the nice person on the front desk wouldn’t let me in! But on a much more exciting note Michael Jay (from Joe McDearmid’s lab) won the prize for the best poster in the undergraduate category, this is a considerable achievement at a meeting of this size – well done Michael.

Several of us will be heading off to the Society for Neuroscience meeting in the autumn, which is in Chicago this year. Registration and accommodation will be open so if you want to share accommodation, ask around and find some room-mates, it’s a very expensive place to stay.

Internal Review: It’s perhaps not appreciated how many people from right across the Theme have used their time to read and comment on other people’s grants. This is a tremendous help to all of us writing grants; and it really makes a difference! I can guarantee that several of us have grants because of this help; so I want to take this opportunity to thank all whom have conducted this hidden task (no names mentioned, you know who you are!).

I know you’d be disappointed if I forgot to remind you of our Grant Development Meetings. When you are lying on the beach, letting the waves wash your toes, and dreaming of the crucial experiment to test that perfect hypothesis….. please, get your ideas onto a piece of paper (write in the sand, avoid waves!) and let us help get you the funding! Send a note to Emma and she’ll start the process.

Have a good summer. Ian.

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