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Four Postdoctoral Positions in Neuroeconomics/PhD studentships available in PDN

Dec 20, 2012

Four Postdoctoral Positions in Neuroeconomics/PhD studentships available: Neurophysiology, Neuroimaging, Behavioural Economics and Computational Neuroscience of Reward, Risk and Decision-Making

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Postdoctoral Positions MRC LMB in lab of Dr Ingo Greger

Dec 20, 2012

Applications are invited for a 1-year (in the first instance) Postdoctoral Scientist position in the group of Dr. Ingo Greger to study novel aspects of AMPA glutamate receptor allosteric modulation.

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Calling all people with a love of the brain and music!

Dec 17, 2012

We are looking for scientists and clinicians of all levels to take part in a highly innovative musical theatre project that aims to destigmatise mental health issues and cross the boundaries between science and art.

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Social and economic deprivation impacts on rates of psychotic illness

Dec 17, 2012

A new study from the Department of Psychiatry elucidates some of the key determinants that lead to increased risk for psychotic illness in urban areas, highlighting the role of social and economic inequality.

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Naked Scientists Naked Neuroscience Podcast - Listen now!

Dec 17, 2012

Join Naked Scientist Dr Hannah Critchlow as she speaks with Cambridge Neuroscientists, Professor Barbara Sahakian, Dr John Rogers and Mr David Weston in this Naked Neuroscience podcast.

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Neuroscience Crash Course: Wed 23 Jan - Fri 25 Jan 2013

Dec 10, 2012

This series of lectures provides a basic introduction to neurobiology. If you are a new graduate student working in another area but think your research might benefit from some understanding of neurobiology, this is for you.

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Dara O'Briain's Science Club features Professor Barbara Sahakian

Dec 10, 2012

Science journalist Alok Jha asks whether smart drugs really make you brainier and discusses the latest research with Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Barbara Sahakian.

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ETECH Projects – Call for innovation projects! Apply by 20th December 2012

Dec 4, 2012

Do you have an early stage technology or innovation that has developed as a result of your research? Would you like to understand more about its commercial potential? Then submit a proposal to ETECH Projects.

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Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair Spring School 2013: Open for registration

Dec 4, 2012

The Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair is holding the 16th annual Spring School on the theme of "Glia and Neurons: a symbiotic partnership" from 20th-22nd March 2013 at Magdalene College in Cambridge.

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Cambridge Neuroscientists identify depression and anxiety biomarker in youths

Dec 3, 2012

In a recent publication in PLOS ONE, Cambridge Neuroscientists describe a cognitive biomarker – a biological indicator of a disease – for young adolescents who are at high risk of developing depression and anxiety.

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MRC Confidence in Concepts Award to Cambridge - Internal call open!

Nov 28, 2012

The MRC has made a Confidence in Concepts award to Cambridge University of £600,000 following an application led by Professor Sir Patrick Sissons. Internal applications now being considered.

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Internal call for Interdisciplinary Collaborative EPSRC Awards

Nov 28, 2012

Internal Funding Call for EPSRC Interdisciplinary Pump-priming awards for collaborative research between the physical sciences/engineering and members of Cambridge Neuroscience.

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The subjective experience of thinking - New blog

Nov 23, 2012

A unique collaboration between Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Nicola Clayton and fine artist and creative writer, Clive Wilkins which explores the subjective experience of thinking is currently underway.

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Programming Obesity: Central and Peripheral Contributors - 20% discount for Cambridge Neuroscience members!

Nov 23, 2012

Registration is now open for the 'Programming Obesity' meeting on 14-16th April. Cambridge Neuroscience members receive a 20% discount on registration, are entitled to apply for the Cambridge Neuroscience Young Investigator award and Abcam travel grants.

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Fast-tracking dementia diagnosis

Nov 19, 2012

The amount of time it takes to diagnose dementia could be reduced from the current 18 months to just three months, thanks in part to technology originally developed Cambridge Neuroscientists.

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The Central European Cognitive Science Association DuCog conference: 16-19th May 2012

Nov 19, 2012

The Central European Cognitive Science Association launches its fifth international conference in Dubrovnik (DuCog). The focus of the conference this year is sleep, neural oscillations and cognition. Submission is open until February 1, 2013.

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First randomised controlled trial to show spinal cord regeneration in dogs

Nov 19, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscientists have shown it is possible to restore co-ordinated limb movement in dogs with severe spinal cord injury (SCI).

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i-Teams (applications for Lent Term, deadline 1 December 2012)

Nov 15, 2012

By joining an i-Team, you will work for a term with students and postdocs from across the University and a dedicated industry mentor. You will investigate the commercial potential of a real Cambridge invention, gaining hands-on skills and experience.

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Neuroscience Lectureship available at the Department of Pharmacology - Closing date on Friday!

Nov 15, 2012

Applications are invited for two University Lectureships in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge with effect from 1 January 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. We are particularly interested in making one appointment in the broad field of neuroscience.

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RI Lecture given by Professor Nicola Clayton FRS and Clive Wilkins

Nov 2, 2012

Listen to Nicola and Clive talking to Camila Ruz about the subjects covered in this joint lecture on this Guardian podcast. The Royal Institution audio archive of the discourse is available here.

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Dr Graham Murray appointed Unversity Lecturer in Psychiatry

Nov 2, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscience would like to extend congratulations to Dr Graham Murray who has recently been appointed as University Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and honorary consultant psychiatrist.

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New MS drug proves effective where others have failed

Nov 2, 2012

Research from Cambridge shows that alemtuzumab significantly reduces the number of attacks (or relapses) experienced by people with MS compared to interferon beta-1a.

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WT Conference in Cambridge: Biomarkers for Brain Disorders: Challenges and Opportunities, 3rd-5th February 2013

Nov 2, 2012

This conference bring together leading neuroscientists from academia and industry involved in genomics, proteomics, diagnostics, imaging and regulatory affairs. Abstract deadline approaching.

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All the latest news from the BNA - Extended Abstract deadline for FON

Nov 2, 2012

Read more about the BNA's upcoming Festival of Neuroscience (Abstract deadline 6th Jan) and Christmas Symposium, reasons for joining the BNA and lots more information.

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MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology call for Programme Leaders in Neurobiology

Oct 26, 2012

Coinciding with the move of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) into a new state-of-the-art research building from January 2013, the Division of Neurobiology wishes to recruit Programme Leaders in Neurobiology.

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Restricted Call: Wellcome Trust PhD programmes

Oct 24, 2012

The Wellcome Trust has announced two competitions for PhD programmes: one for clinicians and one for other students. Deadline for submission of preliminary applications is 10th December 2012.

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Professor Barbara Sahakian features in podcast celebrating Ada Lovelace day

Oct 19, 2012

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The Institute of Psychiatry marked the day by creating a podcast of staff and students celebrating STEM women who had inspired them.

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Congratulations to Professor Alastair Compston on his election to the Institute of Medicine.

Oct 19, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscience would like to extend its sincere congratulations to Professor Alastair Compston on his election to the Institute of Medicine. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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Professor Mayank Mehta will speak in Cambridge TODAY Thursday 25th October

Oct 15, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscience are pleased to welcome Professor Mayank Mehta from UCLA who will be delivering two different talks while he is here entitled: 'Space, sleep, brain rhythms and memory' and 'Multimodal contribution to spatial navigation and reward expectation.'

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Professor Sir John Gurdon awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Oct 9, 2012

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has today been jointly awarded to Professor Sir John Gurdon, currently at the Gurdon Institute, along with Professor Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University, for their pioneering work in stem cell research.

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Ageing Research summit at Babraham explores the basic biology underpinning healthier lifespan

Oct 5, 2012

Understanding ageing is a new research priority worldwide and two hundred scientists from around the world recently gathered at the Babraham Institute for a summit on Ageing Research, which attracted leading researchers from the USA, Europe, Israel and the UK.

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Cambridge Neuroscience Technical Lecture in association with Life Technologies: Oct 16th at 4.30pm

Oct 5, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscience is proud to host its second technical lecture in association with Life Technologies. The Lecture will take place in the Department of Pharmacology and will be followed by a wine reception.

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Professor Jennie Ponsford to speak at the MRC CBU on October 26th 2012

Oct 5, 2012

The Oliver Zangwill Centre in collaboration with the MRC CBU are pleased to present Professor Jennie Ponsford, from the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University on 26th October 2012.

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National Biology Week in Cambridge

Oct 5, 2012

October 13-19th is the very first National Biology Week. Read more here for what's happening in Cambridge, partnership events between Society of Biology and Cambridge Science Festival.

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Professor Eileen Joyce delivers prestigous 2012 Paykel Lecture in Psychiatry

Oct 4, 2012

Miss Kate McAllister from the Department of Psychiatry reports on the very successful 2012 Paykel Lecture in Psychiatry.

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Congratulations to Dr Jon Simons on being awarded prestigious grant from James S McDonnell Foundation

Oct 4, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr Jon Simons has been recently awarded a 21st Century Science Initiative Grant on Understanding Human Cognition from the James S McDonnell Foundation.

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Two Postdoctoral Positions in Human Neuroimaging of Reward, Risk and Economic Decision-Making

Oct 4, 2012

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Human Neuroimaging of Reward, Risk and Economic Decision-Making are available in the laboratory of Professor Wolfram Schultz

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Cambridge Neuroscientists deliver lecture series in China

Oct 2, 2012

Head of the Psychology Department Professor Trevor Robbins and Department of Psychiatry's Professor Barbara Sahakian spent last week in Beijing, where they both presented four lectures as part of Peking University's Expert Lecture Series.

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Therapy over the phone as effective as face-to-face

Oct 1, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscientists together with the NIHR CLAHRC and NHS Midlands & East also found that 'phone therapy' increases access to psychological therapies for people with common mental disorders and potentially saves the NHS money.

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News from Edinburgh Neuroscience

Sep 28, 2012

Details from three upcoming neuroscience meetings in Edinburgh.

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Neuroscience and the Arts – One day Workshop in Cambridge- Friday, 12th of October 2012

Sep 26, 2012

Join Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr. Tristan Bekinschtein in this one day workshop looking at Neuroscience and the Arts where Professor Nicky Clayton and Dr Phil Barnard will be among the speakers.

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How the Brain is made

Sep 26, 2012

By combining advanced imaging with powerful genetic labelling techniques, Professor Bill Harris has imaged the entire process of retinal development in four dimensions, providing new insights into the enormous complexity of the nervous system.

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Flexible food-finding strategies in Eurasian jays

Sep 26, 2012

Research by Rachael Shaw and Professor Nicola Clayton of the Department of Psychology demonstrates that jays switch their caching and pilfering tactics depending on the social context. Rachael Shaw summarises their findings.

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Cambridge Neuroscientists benefit from £192,000 charity funding boost from Alzheimer’s Research UK

Sep 21, 2012

Dementia scientists in Cambridge are set to gain from a big funding boost after Alzheimer’s Research UK committed a record amount of money to new research projects.

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The erosion of empathy: Professor Simon Baron Cohen at TEDx Houses of Parliament

Sep 21, 2012

Listen to Professor Simon Baron Cohen discuss his research on empathy in a TEDx talk at the Houses of Parliament.

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British Neuroscience Association - deadlines approaching for nominations

Sep 21, 2012

The BNA are encouraging the submission of nominations for the next BNA president elect and also for the Postgraduate and Undergraduate 2012 awards.

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Cambridge Neuroscience would like to welcome Professor John O’Brien to Cambridge

Sep 21, 2012

In a recent interview Kate McAllister and Amber Ruigrok talk to John, Cambridge's first Chair in Old Age Psychiatry, about his new post, life in Cambridge, and his work on dementia.

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FENS-IBRO European Neuroscience Schools Programme - student applications open

Sep 10, 2012

The call for student applications for the HERTIE Winter School Brain Dynamics and Dynamics of Brain Disease to be held December 9-16, 2012 in Obergurgl, Austria is open.

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The Brain Uncovered: Naked Neuroscience

Sep 10, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscientist and Naked Scientist Dr Hannah Critchlow presents the new Naked Neuroscience monthly podcast.

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Department of Psychiatry 2012 Paykel Lecture - TODAY!

Sep 3, 2012

This year's Paykel lecture, 'The Cognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia: Neural Basis and Clinical Relevance', by Professor Eileen Joyce, Institute of Neurology, UCL will take place on Tuesday 2nd October at 17:30.

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'A Year at the Synapse' - Returns this week...12th February!

Aug 31, 2012

A Year at the Synapse brings together synapse minded scientists to engage in discussion and informal interaction.

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In memoriam: Andrew Fielding Huxley 1917-2012

Aug 30, 2012

In an article published in the Journal of Physiology, Christopher Huang, Professor of Cell Physiology from the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience remembers the life of Andrew Huxley.

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A Question of Ageing Public Event - September 22nd, Central Cambridge

Aug 30, 2012

Join us in Cambridge for a ‘Question Time’ style discussion with speakers from Cambridge and the international research community, industry, the clinical world and charities. It’s your chance to discuss the scientific, clinical and economic challenges that an ageing population presents and let us hear your opinions.

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The BNA Christmas Symposium 2012: The Neuroscience of Navigation - Next Wednesday!

Aug 20, 2012

Going home for Christmas: But how do we get there? This symposium brings together a range of top-flight speakers to illuminate our current understanding of animal navigation, from the individual to swarms, shoals and flocks.

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BNA 2013: Festival of Neuroscience - 7th-10th April 2013

Aug 20, 2012

The BNA has joined forces with physiologists, pharmacologists, neurologists, immunologists, biochemists, psychiatrists, psychologists, developmental biologists and engineers from twenty academic societies to host a unique event: BNA2013 Festival of Neuroscience!

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Research associate/assistant position available in Professor Sahakian's lab

Aug 15, 2012

A Research Associate/Research Assistant position is available to work with Professor Barbara Sahakian on a research project intending to develop electronic training games for use in the cognitive remediation of schizophrenia.

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Do you work in spinal cord injury?

Aug 13, 2012

The Rick Hansen Institute is in the process of developing a global commercialisation strategy and is looking to find companies and researchers in need of early-stage financing to help develop therapeutics, devices & diagnostics of relevance to those living with paralysis after a SCI.

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Postdoctoral Research position in Dr Jon Simon's lab

Aug 9, 2012

Postdoctoral cognitive neuroscience research position available in the Memory Laboratory at the Department of Psychology investigating the subjective experience of remembering in health and disease.

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Professor Sir Gabriel Horn 1927-2012

Aug 6, 2012

Professor Sir Gabriel Horn died on August 2nd 2012, aged 84. Sir Gabriel was Emeritus Professor of the Department of Zoology and a Fellow of King's College.

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Professor Steven Reppert to deliver talk in Cambridge, September 11th 2012, 16:00-17:00

Aug 3, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscience are pleased to welcome Professor Steven M. Reppert, a highly successful neuroscientist and one the circadian clock "stars".

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New Department of Psychology formed in Cambridge

Aug 2, 2012

The Department of Psychology came into being on the 1st August 2012, with the merger of the former Department of Experimental Psychology with Social and Developmental Psychology and the Centre for Family Research.

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GPS backpacks reveal sheep flocking strategy

Jul 25, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscience researchers in collaboration with The Royal Veterinary College have shown for the first time that instead of fleeing randomly when faced with danger, sheep head straight for the centre of the flock.

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Highlights from Day 3 of the FENS forum in Barcelona

Jul 23, 2012

Find out about the exciting new technologies that are revolutionising neuroscience and paving the way for better treatments for patients.

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Statistics clinics available to all

Jul 23, 2012

The Statistics Clinic is a meeting between Statisticians and Machine Learners on the one side and Researchers on the other side. The Statisticians provide advice on all questions relating to uncertainty, hypothesis testing, data modeling and inference.

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Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr Barbara Sahakian features in Wellcome Superhuman exhibition

Jul 23, 2012

Dr Sahakian gives an interview on cognitive enhancing drugs in the exhibition entitled Superhuman, which runs from 19th July to the 16th October 2012.

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Highlights from Day 2 of FENS 2012 in Barcelona

Jul 17, 2012

Naked Scientist Dr Hannah Critchlow reports on the highlights from the second full day of the FENS forum in Barcelona.

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Listen to a roundup from the first day of the FENS forum in Barcelona

Jul 16, 2012

Naked Scientist Hannah Critchlow reports on the first day of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies conference in Barcelona.

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2 x Postdoctoral Fellowships in Multiple Systems Atrophy_Lund University, Sweden

Jul 11, 2012

Two Postdoctoral fellowships aimed at exploring glial (oligodendrocyte) toxicity on specific neuronal subtypes and glial cell death observed in Multiple System Atrophy.

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Do you work on Perception?

Jul 11, 2012

The Cambridge Science Centre is looking to explore ideas and identify researchers to work with to bring current research on perception to wider public attention through exhibits, on-line content, shows and workshops.

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Girls more likely to suffer from 'mathematics anxiety'

Jul 9, 2012

Mathematics anxiety is a state of discomfort associated with performing mathematics tasks and is thought to affect a notable proportion of both children and adults, having a negative impact on their mathematics performance.

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Food For Thought: how convincing is the addiction model?

Jul 6, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscientists critically assess the neurobiological evidence for food addiction.

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Early Infection Link to Schizophrenia

Jul 6, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr Golam Khandaker and colleagues have confirmed that exposure to certain infections before birth or during early childhood can increase the chances of developing schizophrenia as an adult.

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Strategic Network Co-ordinator position available in Public Health (part time)

Jun 21, 2012

A vacancy has arisen for a Network Co-ordinator to organise, manage and deliver activities for the University's recently created Strategic Research Network in Public Health - PublicHealth@Cambridge (PH@C).

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Summer School on “Neural Stem Cells in Development and Disease” in Trento, Italy (Sept 4th-8th)

Jun 20, 2012

This Summer School will cover a series of biological subjects relating to neural stem cells, their involvement in brain diseases and their potential use in regenerative medicine. Abstract submission deadline is July 20th, 2012.

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Cambridge Neuroscience FREE ALLEN BRAIN ATLAS training workshop

Jun 20, 2012

The Allen Brain Atlas (www.brain-map.org) is a growing collection of online public resources integrating extensive gene expression and neuroanatomical data, complete with a novel suite of search and viewing tools. This FREE training workshop will touch on the full spectrum of resources available.

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Would you like to see your research image on the Cambridge Neuroscience homepage?

Jun 20, 2012

The Cambridge Neuroscience website receives in excess of 6,000 hits per week – Would you like to see your research image on the homepage? All Cambridge Neuroscientists are invited to submit their research images for consideration.

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Research Assistant position available to study social behaviour in HD sheep models

Jun 13, 2012

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated research assistant to join Professor Jenny Morton's laboratory to study social behaviour in sheep models of Huntington's disease. You must be able to travel to South Australia for two periods of field work.

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Epigenomics of Common Diseases, Johns Hopkins University, 12-15th October, 2012

Jun 13, 2012

The 2nd Epigenomics of Common Diseases conference will bring together scientists from the fields of epigenomics, genetics and bioinformatics. The focus of this conference will be on epigenomic studies across of a range of common diseases, including psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders and will be of interest to the Cambridge Neuroscience community.

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“The Intoxication of Power: from neurosciences to hubris in healthcare and public life”, 9th October 2012 at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Jun 13, 2012

This conference will explore aspects of the pathology of leadership and decision-making: how it may be understood and what may be done about it. Cambridge Neuroscientists, Professor Paul Fletcher and Dr John Coates, will be speaking at this event.

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SfN Brain Awareness Video Contest: Win $1000 and a trip to SfN 2012 in New Orleans

Jun 13, 2012

SfN have extended the deadline for applications for their Brain Awareness Video Contest to July 2nd. There are three weeks remaining to create an educational video about the brain.

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Babraham-US collaboration reveals how injured nerves initiate self-destruction

Jun 13, 2012

Scientists at the Babraham Institute, together with collaborators in the USA, have made a breakthrough in understanding how axons self-destruct in injury, ageing and disease.

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TODAY: Cambridge Neuroscience Technical Lecture "Neural cells as a model: from differentiation to transfection" June 14th, 17:30-18:30

Jun 7, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscience is proud to host its first technical lecture, on the subject of neural transfection, in association with Life Technologies. The Lecture will take place in the Department of Pharmacology on Thursday, 14th June from 17.30-18:30 and will be followed by a wine reception.

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3-day Practical Human Brain Anatomy Course at UCL - last few places available

Jun 6, 2012

This exciting 3 - day programme provides a detailed overview of human brain anatomy through a combination of integrated lectures and practicals.

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Postdoctoral Researchers wanted in Professor Daniel Wolpert's lab

May 31, 2012

Research Associates are wanted for Professor Daniel Wolpert's group to investigate human sensorimotor decision-making, learning, integration and control using computational and experimental approaches. Closing date is 26th June, 2012.

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Reading between the lines with Professor Usha Goswami - interview on Radio 4

May 30, 2012

Professor Usha Goswami talks about her research on dyslexia and how it might help us understand what goes on in children's minds when they learn to read. Hear her in interview with Michael Morpurgo on Radio 4.

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3 year Post Doctoral position available in MRC LMB - Closing date June 6th

May 29, 2012

An experienced brain slice electrophysiologist is required to work within a multidisciplinary research group (under Dr Michael Hastings) investigating the molecular neurobiology of circadian timekeeping in the mammalian brain.

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4-year PhD studentship available at Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

May 29, 2012

A PhD Studentship for up to 4 years to conduct research under the supervision of Professor Ole Paulsen at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience,  and Dr Stuart Hughes at Eli Lilly is available from October 2012. Closing date is 15th June 2012.

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Professor Barbara Sahakian in interview on Radio 4

May 29, 2012

Cambridge neuroscientist Professor Barbara Sahakian speaks to Jim Al-Khalili from Radio 4's 'The Life Scientific' about neuropharmacology, smart drugs and Alzheimer's disease.

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2 x Neuroscience Postdoctoral Research positions available at Pharmacology Department

May 28, 2012

Two postdoctoral positions are available in Dr Lora Heisler’s laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology. Dr Heisler’s group studies the neural circuits modulating appetite, body weight and type 2 diabetes.

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R&D Systems Announces Travel Grants for Neuroscience 2012

May 24, 2012

R&D Systems is proud to support neuroscience researchers by awarding travel grants to attend the Society for Neuroscience 42nd Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, USA.

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NanoM 2012: Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd meeting in Cambridge on 29th May 2012 - Registration deadline May 24th!

May 23, 2012

Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd is inviting you to a one-day-meeting in Homerton College, Cambridge on 29th May 2012 - 'Application of Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials in Medicine (NanoM 2012)'.

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Congratulations to Dr Karen Ersche on being awarded 2012 British Association for Psychopharmacology Prize

May 23, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr Karen Ersche has recently been awarded a 2012 British Association for Psychopharmacology Prize. Awarded annually, this award recognises outstanding research by both clinical and non-clinical researchers in the field of psychopharmacology.

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Calling all Cambridge Neuroscientists attending FENS 2012 - VENUE ANNOUNCED!

May 23, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscience is organising a free informal social gathering on the evening of Monday 16th July at this years FENS meeting in Barcelona. All members of Cambridge Neuroscience at any level are welcome, and are encouraged to join us.

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Free training on all aspects of Public Engagement

May 17, 2012

Personal and Professional Development and the Public Engagement team at the University have organised an innovative series of practical courses to show and work through ways to get people thinking seriously about your research.

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Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr John Coates publishes new book on the biology of risk taking

May 15, 2012

In this book Coates sketches out a universal biology of risk taking. Under the pressure of risk our biology transforms us into different people, a transformation Coates, drawing on an old French expression, calls The Hour Between Dog and Wolf.

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Free Expert Witness Training

May 15, 2012

Cambridge Enterprise is delighted to be offering a free one day training course on courtroom skills for expert witnesses. Practice and develop your courtroom skills and evidence giving technique.

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Open Funding Calls from Alzheimer's Society - Project grants and PhD studentships

May 15, 2012

Alzheimer's Society funds research into all forms of dementia and across the spectrum of cause, care, cure, diagnosis and prevention of dementia.

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Congratulations to Cambridge Neuroscientist, Professor Daniel Wolpert on his election to Fellowship of the Royal Society.

May 14, 2012

A professor in the Department of Engineering, Daniel examines computational models and uses simple behavioural experiments to describe and predict how the brain solves problems related to action.

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The Cambridge University Well-Being Institute is delighted to make two announcements.

May 14, 2012

The Cambridge University Well-Being Institute is delighted to announce a further screening of 'HAPPY' and details of its upcoming seminars in May and July.

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Resarch Staff Newsletter, May 2012

May 14, 2012

The Research Staff Newsletter (May 2012) gives information about training and development opportunities that may be of interest to all research staff.

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News and opportunities from Edinburgh Neuroscience

May 11, 2012

Details of the Henderson Scholarships for summer vacation work, and two distance learning courses, one on Neuroimaging and another on Cognitive Ageing Research Methods for medical scientists.

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Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr Amy Milton will discuss 'Erasing Memories' at Skeptics in the Pub in May

May 10, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr Amy Milton is a lecturer based in the Department of Experimental Psychology. She will be appearing at Skeptics in the Pub on Tuesday, May 29th at 7pm at The Maypole Pub in Cambridge

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Professor Trevor Robbins in interview with The Psychologist

May 10, 2012

In an interview with Jon Sutton from The Psychologist, Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Trevor Robbins talks research, the relationship between biology and psychology and what gets him up in the morning.

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FENS: Introduction course to Stereology for Neuroscientists - July 12-13th, 2012

May 10, 2012

The goal of the workshop is to teach a small group of research scientists how to design, supervise, and critically evaluate stereological studies of the nervous system. 

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Molecular Neurology and Therapeutics (A Wellcome Trust Course): 7-14 July 2012

May 9, 2012

Application deadline has been extended to 14th May, 2012. This intensive, discussion-based course offers a unique opportunity to learn the latest concepts and methodologies associated with the study of human neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, stroke, and ataxias.

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60 Years of Hodgkin and Huxley

May 9, 2012

There will be a meeting in Cambridge on July 12-13th, 2012 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the original publication of the Hodgkin and Huxley model of the action potential for which they won the Nobel prize. The congress will be held at Trinity College, Cambridge and in part in the Physiology Labs building, academic homes for the original research.

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Shine On You Crazy Diamond

May 9, 2012

Cambridge neuroscientists will be among the members of the innovative educational charity ‘Squeaky Gate’ joining a Pink Floyd tribute band to celebrate the transforming power of music.

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SfN Launches ‘BrainFacts.org’

May 8, 2012

The Society for Neuroscience has launched BrainFacts.org - an authoritative source of information about the brain and nervous system for the public. The site is a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, all leading global nonprofit organizations working to advance brain research. Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Trevor Robbins is a member of the International Editorial board. 

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Chronic cocaine use may speed up ageing of brain

Apr 24, 2012

New research by Cambridge Neuroscientists suggests that chronic cocaine abuse accelerates the process of brain ageing. The study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, found that age-related loss of grey matter in the brain is greater in people who are dependent on cocaine than in the healthy population.

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The economy of brain network organisation

Apr 24, 2012

In a recent review in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Ed Bullmore and his collaborator Olaf Spoons (Indiana University) propose that brain network organization is the result of an economical trade-off between the physical cost of the network and the adaptive value of its topology.

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The 4th Cardiff Annual Summer School in Brain Disorder Research 2-5th July 2012

Apr 18, 2012

The School is aimed at clinical trainees and non-clinical scientists (MSc, PhD, Post Doc) who are interested in moving into the field of Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics or those who want an introduction to cutting edge research in brain diseases. The closing date for applications is Friday, 27th April 2012.

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First annual Francis Crick Memorial Conference, Churchill College, Cambridge July 7th 2012

Apr 17, 2012

The First Annual Francis Crick Memorial Conference, focusing on "Consciousness in Humans and Non-Human Animals", aims to provide a purely data-driven perspective on the neural correlates of consciousness. Cambridge Scientist Professor Stephen Hawking will be giving in a talk with Dr Philip Lowe of NeuroVigil Inc on the neural correlates of intended movement and speech.

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Wiring the Brain

Apr 13, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscientists have created a simple new model of the human brain, which reproduces the statistics of its complex network organization.

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Initial positive results indicate that new gene therapy could revolutionise treatment for Parkinson’s disease

Apr 13, 2012

A story has appeared on Sky News on April 12th on Oxford BioMedica’s innovative gene-based treatment for Parkinson’s disease. The programme, which was broadcast ahead of Parkinson’s Awareness Week starting on 16 April, includes interviews with Sheila Roy, a patient who has been treated with ProSavin® and Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr Philip Buttery, a clinician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

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“Understanding Excess” at the Cambridge Science Festival

Apr 11, 2012

“Understanding excess” was a neuropsychiatry seminar hosted by the University of Cambridge on the 14th of March 2012, as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

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Turing's 100th Birthday Party at King's College, Cambridge, 15-16th June 2012

Apr 11, 2012

You are invited to Turing's 100th birthday party at King's College, Cambridge on 15-16th June 2012

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The 2012 MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Award

Apr 10, 2012

The 2012 MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Award, in partnership with Metro, will open on 1 May. The deadline for entries is Friday 8 June.

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University of Cambridge CamPain network

Apr 10, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscientists working on pain receive £3m in funding and have formed a cross-departmental, cross-disciplinary collaborative CamPain network.

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Postdoctoral Neuroscience Opportunities in Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary

Apr 10, 2012

2 Neuroscience Postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr V. Wee Yong at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary in Canada.

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Gretschen Amphlet Lecture - Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Tuesday 17 April 2012

Apr 10, 2012

Parkinson's UK will be hosting a public lecture entitled "Brain rhythms in Parkinson's: from bedside to bench and back again" during Parkinson's Awareness week at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge. The lecture will be aimed at a lay audience but will be entertaining and interesting to all.

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Would you like to gain consulting experinece? Deadline Friday 6th April!

Apr 4, 2012

Oxbridge Roundtable Solutions (ORS) is the consulting arm of Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable, a professional organisation based on student initiative whose goal it is to foster interaction between academia and industry in biotechnology and related fields. They currently have openings for Cambridge students and postdocs to work on a project to design an optimal sales strategy for a Biotech product.

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Professor Karen Steel is one of two European neuroscientists awarded the € 1 million BRAIN PRIZE 2012

Apr 4, 2012

The Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation announced that The Brain Prize 2012 is jointly awarded to Christine Petit and Karen Steel: ‘for their unique, world-leading contributions to our understanding of the genetic regulation of the development and functioning of the ear, and for elucidating the causes of many of the hundreds of inherited forms of deafness’.

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BNA 1 day meeting on Bioengineering and neuronal remodelling - July 5th, 2012 - Abstract deadline extended!

Apr 4, 2012

This one-day meeting will focus on advances in biomedicine aimed at repairing peripheral nerves and spinal cord. There will be eight high profile speakers and opportunities for early-career scientists to present their work. Abstract deadline extended to Friday 15th June.

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Registration for "The Striatum" is now open - Thursday, 24th May 2012

Apr 3, 2012

This meeting brings together six leading world experts spanning key facets of the striatum, including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and computational modeling to share the latest data and insights.

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Call for information on International collaborations held by members of Cambridge Neuroscience

Apr 3, 2012

The International Strategy Office is trying to gauge the extent of international collaborations held by members of Cambridge Neuroscience. Please contact me with a brief statement of any major collaborations that you have giving information on countries involved, nature of research etc.

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Neuroscience Opportunities in Edinburgh

Apr 2, 2012

There are currently a large number of neuroscience-related jobs available in Edinburgh with everything available from PhD positions to Research Fellows (closing dates in April). For further details please see http://www.edinburghneuroscience.ed.ac.uk/opportunities

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Report from a very successful Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar

Apr 2, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscientist, Miss Kate McAllister reports on the very successful recent Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar. The daylong symposium, with the theme ’Translational Neuroscience’ was held on 20th March, with feedback suggesting it was one of the most successful seminars to date with over 440 registered delegates in attendance.

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Professor John Duncan wins prestigious Heineken Award for Cognitive Neuroscience

Mar 26, 2012

Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor John Duncan, Assistant Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, has been awarded the prestigious Heineken Award for Cognitive Science for his work in establishing the links between cognitive function and neural mechanisms.

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Cambridge Neuroscience Public Lecture: Light, clocks and sleep: the discovery of a new photoreceptor within the eye

Mar 26, 2012

Professor Russell Foster looks at how new research into photoreceptive cells in the retina that regulate a broad range of behaviour and physiology has redefined our understanding of vision and the nature of blindness. This talk is available here.

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Professor Barbara Sahakian discusses the future of drug development for Mental Illness

Mar 26, 2012

In any given year, nearly 40% of the population in 30 European countries is affected by Mental Illness. In a Comment article in Nature, Professor Barbara Sahakian and Thomas Insel describe what the next decade of drug development should like.

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Professor Barry Everitt wins FENS EJN award

Mar 23, 2012

Many congratulations to Barry Everitt on his FENS EJN Award 2012 in recognition of outstanding scientific work in all areas of neuroscience. The FENS-EJN Award is sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell (publishers of EJN). It will be presented at the 2012 FENS Forum in Barcelona (July 14-18, 2012).

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The Editorial Process at Nature Neuroscience - Seminar by Senior Editor, Dr Charvy Narain

Mar 15, 2012

On Wednesday 21st March, Dr Charvy Narain Senior Editor of Nature Neuroscience will deliver a seminar on the editorial process in Nature Neuroscience.

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University of Cambridge and University of Kentucky Launch Research Collaboration

Mar 9, 2012

University of Cambridge and University of Kentucky have launched a collaboration in applying RNA nanotechnologies to solve some of the world’s most pressing inflammatory neurological syndromes.

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Positions available for Programme Leaders in new MRC LMB building

Mar 8, 2012

Coinciding with the move of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) into a new state-of-the-art research building in October 2012, the Division of Neurobiology wishes to recruit talented Programme Leaders interested in developing an independent programme of research.

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Psy-Fi and SciScreen* present the 2012 Film Festival on ‘Compulsion’

Mar 5, 2012

Are you interested in what drives people to act compulsively, but want to learn about it in an informal, friendly, yet theatrical setting? If so, then join us for the 2012 Film Festival on ‘Compulsion’, running between March 13th-18th at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse.

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1 year post-doc position in Neurobiology at Bristol University

Feb 24, 2012

This is an interdisciplinary project for one year which is supported by the Waterloo foundation. The applicant will work in well-equipped and modern laboratories in the Musculoskeletal Research Unit at Southmead Hospital and in the MRC Centre for synaptic plasticity at Bristol University. Enquires can be made to Dr Patrick Case and Professor Jeremy Henley.

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Call for applicants for The Naked Scientists MRC Prize Internship

Feb 24, 2012

The Naked Scientists MRC Prize Internship now enters its third year, offering £1000 and the chance to spend 8 weeks in the hot seat producing science radio, podcasts and online multimedia.  If you're interested in applying, please read more...

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Research Images and Posters wanted!

Feb 9, 2012

The poster and image competitions 2012 are open to MPhil, PhD and post-doctoral researchers in the Graduate School of Life Sciences...closing date is February 19th, 2012.

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Department of Clinical Neurosciences-Neurology Unit: Research Nurse Vacancy

Feb 8, 2012

Applications are invited for an experienced nurse to co-ordinate and manage research studies from both commercial and non-commercial sources. You will be responsible for identifying and recruiting eligible participants, providing support and information, coordinating assessments, as well as collecting and handling samples and related data. Closing date is 29th February, 2012.

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Abnormal Brain Structure Implicated in Stimulant Drug Addiction

Feb 7, 2012

Abnormalities in the brain may make some people more likely to become drug addicts, according to neuroscientists led by Dr Karen Ersche.

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Transplanted neural stem/precursor cells instruct phagocytes and reduce secondary tissue damage in the injured spinal cord

Feb 7, 2012

Cambridge scientists working at the Brain Repair Centre and Stem Cell Initiative have investigated the therapeutic plasticity of neural stem cells after their implantation into the injured spinal cord.

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Human cerebral cortex development from pluripotent stem cells to functional excitatory synapses

Feb 7, 2012

Cambridge scientists have created cerebral cortex cells to ‘recreate’ Alzheimer’s disease in the lab

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Prof Barbara Sahakian comments on "Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation"

Jan 26, 2012

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Professor Barbara Sahakian, who specialises in neuroscience and neuroethics, explains why she is cautious about the use of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation.

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Cognitive Enhancers: 22nd Neuropharmacology Conference

Jan 26, 2012

Cognitive Enhancers: 22nd Neuropharmacology Conference. Official Satellite to the 2012 Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. New Orleans, 11-12 October 2012. New podcast added.

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MRC Doctoral Training Grant Studentships available at BCNI - closing date is February 16th

Jan 18, 2012

Expressions of interest are invited for three MRC Doctoral Training Grant Studentships at the Behavioural & Clinical Neuroscience Institute (BCNI). These MRC studentships cover university and college fees, an annual stipend at current MRC rates (£13,590 for UK citizens), and a contribution towards research expenses and some incidental costs (start date is 1/10/12).

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MRC Doctoral Training Grant Studentships at the Department of Experimental Psychology - closing date February 13th

Jan 18, 2012

Expressions of interest are invited for one or more MRC Doctoral Training Grant Studentships at the Department of Experimental Psychology. MRC studentships cover University and college fees, an annual stipend at current MRC rates (£13,590 for UK citizens), a contribution towards research expenses and some incidental costs. The start date for these studentships is 1st October 2012.

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British Ecological Society POST Fellowship Now Open for Applications



Jan 13, 2012

Applications are now invited for the 2012 BES Fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) - deadline is 23rd April

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Want free training in engaging people with comedy?

Jan 13, 2012

The next Bright Club training session will be held on Friday, 27th January at 3:30pm at the Perceval Room in the Pitt Building.

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EMBO paper shows how music and science join forces to explore mental ill health

Jan 13, 2012

One in four of us suffer from mental illness at some point in our lives – but the stigma surrounding mental health has proved hard to shift. An innovative performance project that took place in Cambridge last year changed attitudes about mental health among those who took part and those who attended.

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2nd BIENNIAL UK NEUROINFORMATICS NODE CONGRESS-26th to 28th March 2012

Jan 12, 2012

The UK Node is holding its biennial conference at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, from 26th to 28th March 2012.

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Cambridge study has major implications for the potential treatment of PD

Jan 12, 2012

A recent collaborative study in Cambridge has shown that administering a novel therapeutic agent can prevent and rescue cell death in models of Parkinson’s disease.

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Evidence for pathological mechanism underlying axonopathy and hereditary spastic paraplegia

Jan 12, 2012

In a recent article published in the 'Journal of Clinical Investigation', an international team of scientists led by Cambridge neuroscientist Dr Evan Reid and Dr Stephan Zuchner from the University of Miami reports that three mutations in the gene known as reticulon 2 on chromosome 19 cause a form of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP).

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Hopes for reversing age-associated effects in MS patients

Jan 11, 2012

Proof of principle study suggests the age-associated decline of the remyelination process is reversible

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Research Associate Position in Behavioural Neuroscience - closing date is 31st January

Jan 8, 2012

One postdoctoral research position is available to work with Dr Lisa Saksida and Dr Tim Bussey on the development of models of cognition relevant to the mediation of schizophrenia. 

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The Cambridge Post-UN Summit Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health in the Developing Countries

Jan 6, 2012

The Humanitarian Centre, the Cambridge Institute of Public Health and the Centre for Science and Policy are please to host the Cambridge Post-UN Summit Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health in the Developing Countries in Clare Hall on Friday, 20th January 2012

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Congratulations to Professor Trevor Robbins CBE

Jan 5, 2012

Professor Trevor Robbins was awarded Commander of the British Empire  (CBE) for services to Medical Research in the New Year's Honours List published in the London Gazette of 31st December 2011.

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