The emotional computer
Dec 23, 2010
Cambridge University film provides a glimpse of how robots and humans could interact in the future.
Cambridge Neuroscientist recognised for her International Contributions in the field of Comparative and Evolutionary Neuroscience
Dec 7, 2010
We have the great pleasure to announce that Professor Nicola Clayton has just been jointly awarded the the 2010 Jean-Marie Delwart Foundation Award in comparative and evolutionary neuroscience!
Study reveals new possibility of reversing damage caused by MS
Dec 6, 2010
Damage caused by multiple sclerosis could be reversed by activating stem cells that can repair injury in the central nervous system, a collaborative study between Cambridge and Edinburgh Neuroscientists has shown.
Forget your previous conceptions about memory
Dec 6, 2010
Research by Cambridge Neuroscientists may shed light on why dementia sufferers have memory difficulties.
Calling all Cambridge Neuroscientists who have published in EJN in 2009 or 2010
Nov 30, 2010
Calling for applications for the EJN Best Publication Award 2011 awarding the best research article published in EJN 2009 or 2010. This personal award of 3,000 £ will be bestowed to the first author(s) of the selected article. Submission deadline: February 28, 2011
Calling Cambridge Neuroscientists: Applications now open for Science Media Studentships
Nov 29, 2010
Do you want to work in the broadcast sector? Do you want to use your scientific expertise to influence programme content and production? The Science Media Studentships enable bright, articulate and motivated scientists to explore a career in the broadcast industry.
Invitation to attend the British Society for Neuroendocrinology Annual Meeting
Nov 26, 2010
When: 3rd - 5th July, 2011. Where: Downing College, Cambridge, UK. With Keynote address by: Stephen O’Rahilly, Cambridge
Initiative hopes to expedite cell-based treatments for Parkinson’s
Nov 23, 2010
A unique initiative which brings together some of the world’s leading Parkinson’s researchers, aims to reduce further delays in using cells to treat Parkinson’s disease. The initiative will focus on refining cell-based therapy, which replaces the diseased cells with healthy cells.
Origin of cells associated with nerve repair discovered
Nov 17, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientists have discovered the origin of a unique type of cell known for its ability to support regeneration in the central nervous system, as published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS).
Hormones and City Traders?
Nov 17, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr John Coates discusses the role of testosterone in decision making and risk taking behaviour with Claudia Hammond for BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind.
Invitation to the Bristish Neuroscience Association Christmas Symposium, 2010 at the Royal Society
Nov 15, 2010
T’is the season to be sociable! A timely (and seasonal) exploration of the evolutionary origins and neural mechanisms behind our pursuit for social interaction, 1.00pm – 6.30pm, Wednesday, 15th December, The Royal Society, London. Free for members of the BNA.
How intelligence happens
Nov 11, 2010
In a new popular science book, How intelligence happens, Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor John Duncan of the MRC Cognition Brain Sciences Unit discusses the creation of intelligence in the human brain.
Invitation to the Newnham MCR Speaker Series
Nov 10, 2010
"Exercise for Parkinson's Disease" with Dr. Lucy Annett, Psychology Dept. University of Hertfordshire, Tuesday 16th November, 7.45pm, Newnham College MCR. All welcome - Port and soft drinks will be served.
Mental Health Translator postion available with the Medical Research Council
Nov 9, 2010
The Medical Research Council is looking to appoint a ‘translator’ to help with its planned programme of experimental medicine for mental health -which will be launched shortly.
Tarantulas help researchers find fear in the human brain
Nov 8, 2010
The human brain may respond differently to threats based on proximity, trajectory, and expectations, according to a study by Cambridge Neuroscientists working with tarantulas and published this week in PNAS.
Documentary Award for Cambridge Neuroscientists Imaging Appetite
Nov 5, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientists Miss Kate McAlister and Dr. Al Garfield produce a mini-documentary to illustrate how neuroscientists visualise how our brain controls appetite. Their film has recently won a National Award at the Sheffield Documentary Festival.
Young Neuroscientists' Day, 2010
Nov 1, 2010
Due to last minute cancellations, some places have become available to attend the Young Neuroscientists' Day this Thursday 4th November, Bristol.
New insight into links between obesity and activity in the brain
Oct 27, 2010
Study on effects of anti-obesity drug on the brain paves the way for more effective treatments.
Sexual attraction could be due to the wiring of the brain.
Oct 26, 2010
Sexual attraction between males and females could be down to differences in the way the brain is wired up, according to work from the lab of Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr Greg Jefferis at the MRC LMB.
Dr. Jon Simons receives the Experimental Psychology Society Prize
Oct 25, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientist recognised for his distinguished research achievement as an experimental psychologists in an early stage in his career.
Neuroscience, society and policy
Oct 25, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientists steer a Royal Society project examining and evaluating developments in neuroscience and their implications for society and policy.
Enter the world of the brain through music, art and science
Oct 25, 2010
Inside an Unquiet Mind - a multi-sensory arts installation bringing together artists, musicians and Cambridge Neuroscientists. Event hosted on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 October as part of the University of Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas, 6.30 - 9.30 pm both evenings, drop in, free to attend, all welcome.
Invitation to the Royal Institution
Oct 20, 2010
Join David Willetts, MP, Prof Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience, and others to discuss the coalition government's spending review and UK science funding. Tuesday, 26th October, 7 pm, Royal Institution, London.
Invitation to attend the Neuroblastoma Research Symposium: Future Treatments for High Risk Neuroblastoma
Oct 12, 2010
Friday, 3rd December 2010, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute, Cambridge. This event is free to attend although registration, before the 1st November, 2010, is required.
Three Neuroscientists based at Cambridge are named amongst the most influential figures in British science today.
Oct 7, 2010
Dr. Adrian Owen, Professor Steve O'Rahilly and Professor David Mackey are named amongst the 100 most influential people in contemporary British Science. The list, compiled by The Times, celebrates the first anniversary of its science magazine Eureka.
Inviting Cambridge Neuroscientists to apply for the Rising Stars public engagement course
Oct 4, 2010
This University 'Rising Stars' course aims to develop the skills of outstanding undergraduates, postgraduates, post docs and early-career academics in communicating their expertise to the public.
Calling Cambridge Neuroscientists to help prevent unprecendented Science Budget Cuts
Oct 4, 2010
As you may be aware, British science may be in for some unprecedented cuts on October 20th when the government's departmental budgets will be announced.
There's a real risk that the science landscape in the UK could be changed dramatically for the worse in a way that will take years to recover from. Please act to help make the political and economic case for science clear.
Wellcome Trust and NIH PhD studentships open for applications
Oct 4, 2010
Applications are now open for the Wellcome Trust and National Institutes of Health Four-year PhD Studentships.
How does the brain process the idea of God?
Oct 4, 2010
Rev. Dr. Alasdair Coles, a senior lecturer with Cambridge Neuroscience, is to present a talk on the ‘Neuronal Imaging of the Religious Brain’ on Tuesday 12 October.
Major new study into brain ageing launched in Cambridge
Oct 4, 2010
Research efforts to understand the effects of ageing on the brain have been given a major boost following a £5M grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
The grant has been awarded to support a large interdisciplinary research project, working with Departments and Institutes in Cambridge Neuroscience to look at changes in the brain across the adult life-span and their impact on cognitive function.
Feelings by phone
Sep 29, 2010
A system which enables psychologists to track people’s emotional behaviour through their mobile phones has been successfully road-tested by Cambridge researchers.
Some antidepressants alter peoples’ moral judgement
Sep 28, 2010
The most common type of antidepressants, serotonin enhancers, alters peoples’ moral judgement and leads to a reduction in aggressive behaviour, a study by Cambridge Neuroscientists and published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has found.
Cambridge Neuroscientist recognised for his scientific achievement with a long-term contribution to UK-Japan relations.
Sep 13, 2010
Congratulations go to Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr. Hugh Robinson who, with Prof. Kazuyuki Aihara at the University of Tokyo, has recently been awarded a Daiwa Adrian Prize for 2010 for their collaboration on "Nonlinear dynamics of cortical neurons and gamma oscillations - from cell to network models". They will be awarded this Prize at the Royal Society on the 2nd December, 2010.
An invitation for Cambridge Neuroscientists to join the Neuroethics Society in San Diego!
Sep 10, 2010
Discuss neuroethical questions reaching into the lab and our daily lives, attend engaging panels and talks on emerging top-ics in Neuroethics, participate in workshops, present a poster and more. Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA, Thursday, November 11, 5 – 7:30 p.m & Friday, November 12, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Registration is required.
Cambridge neurologist honoured for his work on multiple sclerosis
Sep 10, 2010
Professor Alastair Compston, Head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge, was today awarded the K.J. Zülch Prize for his contributions to research on multiple sclerosis.
Most powerful microscope in the UK unveiled
Sep 10, 2010
The most powerful atom resolving microscope in the UK was today revealed at the University of Cambridge. The new electron microscope, which will enable scientists to view individual atoms in any material, was officially unveiled by the Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP.
One of the research projects which will be using the new microscope is an investigation into diseases which can be characterised by the deposition of plaques, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Cambridge based laboratory of the future reaches ‘topping out’ stage
Sep 10, 2010
A new building for the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge has reached the first major stage of completion, known as ‘topping out’. The new building, due to open in 2012, will provide first class facilities to some of the world’s leading scientists (including neuroscientists) and stands as the flagship building for the extension of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
Inviting Cambridge Neuroscientists to the Principles of Psychiatry for Basic Scientists
Sep 8, 2010
Registration is now open for the forthcoming 'Principles of Psychiatry for Basic Scientists' module 6. It will be held at the Dorothy Hodgkin Building, University of Bristol on November 4th 2010. Registration is required and costs a nominal fee to cover meeting expenses.
Calling Cambridge Neuroscientists: Wellcome Image Awards final call for submissions
Sep 8, 2010
Wellcome Images is issuing a final call for submissions for consideration in the Wellcome Image Awards 2010. Judging for the next awards will take place on 18 October. All images acquired by Wellcome Images before the 15 October 2010 will automatically be eligible for judging.
Mother’s care is key to a big brain
Sep 7, 2010
A collaboration between neuroscientists at Cambridge and University College London indicates that the evolution of big-brained mammals may be due to maternal investment, rather than metabolism.
Inviting Cambridge Neuroscientists to the Young Neuroscientists Day
Sep 3, 2010
4th November - Future Inns Hotel, Bristol, Registration required.
Building on the phenomenal success and demand for the previous two meetings, 2010 sees the return of the day dedicated to early-career neuroscientists - postgraduate students, post docs, and all others at an equivalent stage in either lab-based or clinical career - now with more reasons than ever to attend!
Mindfulness meditation increases well-being in adolescent boys
Sep 2, 2010
‘Mindfulness’, the process of learning to become more aware of our ongoing experiences, increases well-being in adolescent boys, a new study by Cambridge Neuroscientists reports.
Inside Incredible Athletes
Aug 31, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr. Rhodri Cusack contributes to a documentary broadcast on Channel 4 examining how five paralympic athletes achieve almost superhuman skills.
Inviting Cambridge Neuroscientists to attend the Third Autism Neuroscience Conference
Aug 27, 2010
Friday 10th September 2010, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge. Hosted by the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge
Invitation to attend: revisiting cognitive enhancement event
Aug 25, 2010
Trinity Hall, 17th September, 2010, 11.00 - 17.00.
This interactive event will aim to clarify the idea of cognitive enhancement and its significance with reference to three central notions: achievement, coercion, and preference. Free to attend although registration is required!
Cambridge Neuroscience Multiple Sclerosis research receives a £100,000 grant
Aug 25, 2010
Local Freemasons and Freemasons from around the country have worked together to raise necessary funds for Cambridge Neuroscientists to further develop a drug called Alemtuzumab for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.
Body clock drugs could ease psychiatric disorders and jet lag
Aug 24, 2010
A collaboration between Cambridge Neuroscientists, scientists at the University of Manchester and those working at Pfizer have successfully used a drug to reset and restart the natural 24 hour body clock of mice in the lab. The ability to do this in a mammal opens up the possibility of dealing with a range of human difficulties including some psychiatric disorders, jet lag and the health impacts of shift work.
Eric Kandel Prize 2011 - call for nominations
Aug 17, 2010
The Hertie-Foundation (Germany) is pleased to announce in cooperation with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) the opening of nominations for the Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize 2011. The prize is € 50,000.00 for personal use and up to € 25,000.00 for additional training and mentoring by a leading expert in the field. The deadline for nomination is 1st November 2010.
Wellcome Trust postdoc funding scheme opens
Aug 16, 2010
Applications are now open for the 2010 Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, which supports the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers in their first steps to an independent research career. The deadline for preliminary applications is 1 November 2010, and full applications will be due by 31 January 2011.
An invitation to attend a special lecture in honour of Professor Malcolm Burrows, FRS, contributions to neuroscience and zoology
Aug 13, 2010
Gilles Laurent, Department of Neural Systems and Coding, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt will be visiting Cambridge to discuss "Self-regulation of activity in an olfactory system: mechanisms and consequences" on Monday 13 September 2010, 14:30-15:30, Lecture Theatre, Department of Zoology, New Museum Site. All welcome, registration is not required!
Calling neuroscientists to work with a local Charity on a public engagement activity in partnership with the Festival of Ideas
Aug 13, 2010
Calling Cambridge Neuroscientists to submit their research images, videos and any 3D model to be used in a large scale arts installation of 'Inside an Unquiet Mind' for the University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.
Calling Cambridge Neuroscientists to engage tomorrow's talent today
Aug 11, 2010
Researchers in Residence (RinR), funded by RCUK with support from the Wellcome Trust, brings together researchers, young people and teachers via exciting and innovative placements in secondary schools across the UK.
Open to all PhD and post doctoral researchers funded directly or indirectly by one of the seven UK Research Councils or the Wellcome Trust.
Nurturing tomorrow's research leaders
Jul 29, 2010
Congratulations go to Cambridge Neuroscientist Molly Crockett, who has recently been awarded a competitive Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship and will be exploring to what extent our altruistic inclinations are innate, arise out of habit, or are calculated.
Why more education lowers dementia risk
Jul 26, 2010
A collaboration between Cambridge Neuroscientists and researchers from the Finland has discovered why people who stay in education longer have a lower risk of developing dementia – a question that has puzzled scientists for the past decade.
Guerillas in action
Jul 26, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientists infiltrate summer music festivals.
Improving Life after Childhood Brain Injury
Jul 26, 2010
An invitation to attend a conference on the 9th September, 2010 at Downing College, Cambridge. Registration is required.
An Invitation to explore the Musical Brain, 2nd - 3rd October, 2010, London.
Jul 23, 2010
The Musical Brain invites the public, scientists, music lovers, medical professionals and students to a weekend of talks, discussions and concerts centred on Schumann.
Congratulations go to Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr. Karalyn Patterson who joins the British Academy Fellowship
Jul 23, 2010
The British Academy has today announced the scholars elected for this year’s Fellowships in recognition of their contribution to the humanities and social sciences.
Forget Me Knot
Jul 19, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientist Charlotte Hudson joined a panel of psychologists and the public at the Science Museum's Dana Centre, London to explore and discuss aspects of memory.
This ‘Forget Me Knot’ evening was held on the 1st July, 2010 as part of a programme of events to support the re-opening of the ‘Who am I?’ gallery at the Science Museum.
Between Life And Death: Why medicine is art as much as science
Jul 13, 2010
Filmed over six months in the country's leading brain injury unit (Addenbooke's Hospital, Cambridge), this BBC One documentary, screened last night followed the patients, families and the medical team as they encountered one of the most ethically difficult decisions in modern medicine.
Inviting applications for the CLAHRC fellowship programme
Jul 13, 2010
Beginning 1st November 2010. This is a unique opportunity to work with Cambridge academics, and to be involved in the translation of health research into practice, in the NHS and social care. The deadline for applications is 4pm on 2nd September 2010.
Brain biology linked to severe teenage antisocial behaviour
Jul 7, 2010
A new study by Cambridge Neuroscientists reveals that young adults with conduct disorder display an abnormal pattern of brain activity compared with their peers without the disorder.
The University of Cambridge is placed as the top European Institution for Psychiatry and Psychology research
Jul 5, 2010
Cambridge University ranks as the top Institution in Europe for psychiatry and psychology research as reported in the Times Higher Education on the 24th June, 2010. In total 37,500 Institutions were investigated for their impact factor (citations per paper) over the last decade of publications.
Wellcome Trust Presentation
Jul 2, 2010
Dr John Williams from the Science Funding division of the Wellcome Trust will be in Cambridge delivering a presentation on the 28th July about their Strategic Plan for 2010 - 2020 and funding opportunities including the introduction of the new Investigator Awards scheme. All welcome to attend although please RSVP.
New blood-test to aid in Schizophrenia Diagnosis
Jul 1, 2010
A new blood-test resulting from research at Cambridge University could aid in the early diagnosis of recent-onset schizophrenia – complementing the traditional patient interview-based diagnosis.
HiDden No More
Jun 30, 2010
A Huntington’s Disease (HD) All Party Parliamentary Group, chaired by former President of the British Medical Association and leading UK Neurologist, Lord Walton, will be launched in the House of Commons today.
Addenbrookes Hospital is set to launch a cutting-edge hyper-acute stroke research centre in October 2010
Jun 28, 2010
The aim of the new hyper-acute research centre is to provide round-the-clock access to research staff and advanced brain-scanning equipment, so that stroke patients can take part in clinical research trials for breakthrough stroke treatments seven days-a-week.
Congratulations to Professors Maria Grazia Spillantini and Tony Holland
Jun 22, 2010
Professors Maria Grazia Spillantini and Tony Holland are recognised for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical science with their recent election to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Models of dementia; the good, the bad and the future
Jun 17, 2010
Announcing a Biochemical Society Focused Meeting in Cambridge, 15th - 17th December, 2010, Robinson College, Cambridge
Call for applications for the British Neuroscience Association Student Prizes
Jun 17, 2010
Each year, the British Neuroscience Association awards an undergraduate (£250) and a postgraduate (£500) prize to students considered to have made a significant contribution to neuroscience and to have achieved an outstanding performance in either their final examinations or in their viva voce respectively. Application Deadline: 1st October, 2010.
Cambridge Memory Disorders Workshop: registration now open
Jun 16, 2010
Covering topics on advances in assessment and rehabilitation for those in clinical practices including memory disorders in neurological disease and memory assessment & rehabilitation. 2nd-3rd September, 2010 in the Post-graduate Centre, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. Registration required.
Celebrating 350 years of the Royal Society
Jun 11, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientists converge in London this summer to celebrate 350 years of the Royal Society, the UK's academy of Science.
Parkinson’s drug offers insight into helping cocaine users kick habit
Jun 7, 2010
Medication that increases levels of the brain chemical dopamine could open up new ways for helping some heavy users of cocaine and amphetamines kick the habit, Cambridge Neuroscientists have found.
Swarming locusts need larger brains
May 26, 2010
One of the most devastating events in the insect world – the locust swarm – has extraordinary effects on the insect’s brains, Cambridge Neuroscientists have discovered.
Major new study into brain ageing
May 25, 2010
Efforts to understand the effects of ageing on the brain have been given a major boost with the announcement of a new £5M grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to Cambridge researchers.
Four Cambridge Neuroscientists elected as Fellows of the Royal Society
May 21, 2010
Congratulations go to Andrea Brand, Nicky Clayton, Roger Hardie and Michael Hastings for their election to the Royal Society, on the 20th May, 2010, in recognition for their scientific excellence and contributions to society.
Cambridge Neuroscientist recognised for her outstanding contribution to translational cognitive psychopharmacology and the study of emotional and behavioural dysfunction
May 13, 2010
Congratulations go to Professor Barbara Sahakian who has been awarded the 2010 Senior Investigator Award by the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology (ICGP ) Awards Committee. She will be presented with her award at the Association's annual meeting in Athens, 15th-18th September, 2010.
Prestigous young neuropsychopharmacology investigator award for Cambridge Neuroscientist
May 13, 2010
Congratulations go to Dr. Chris Dodds who has been awarded the International College of Neuropsycho-pharmacology (CINP) Rafaelsen Young Investigators Award. He will receive the award at a special ceremony at the CINP congress in Hong Kong in June 2010.
Violent teenage girls fail to spot anger or disgust in others’ faces
May 10, 2010
Girls appear to be “protected” from showing antisocial behaviour until their teenage years, new research from Cambridge Neuroscientists has found.
Active perception: sensorimotor circuits as a cortical basis for language
May 5, 2010
Neuroscientists based in Cambridge and Ferrara collaborate to address the much discussed question of whether speech-language comprehension depends on cortical sensorimotor circuits. Reviewing data from neuroimaging, brain stimulation, lesion and computational studies the authors conclude that action and perception circuits have interdependent roles in language comprehension. These insights may provide new perspectives on language therapy after stroke.
Brain Waves: investigating developments in neuroscience and their implications for society
May 4, 2010
The Royal Society’s Science Policy Centre has launched a new project, Brain Waves, which will investigate developments in neuroscience and their implications for society. The project will be led by a Steering Group Chaired by Professor Colin Blakemore FRS with it's steering committee including Cambridge Neuroscientists Professor Trevor Robbins, Professor Barbara Sahakian, and Emeritis Professor Nicholas Mackintosh.
Progress towards the presymptomatic detection of Alzheimer's disease
May 4, 2010
Invitation to attend a special lecture entitled: Progress towards the presymptomatic detection of Alzheimer's disease on the 9th June, 2010 18.30 at the Forvie Site, Addenbrooke's Site, Cambridge with Professor David Ames from the University of Melbourne. Lecture hosted by the Department of Psychiatry.
Near misses are like winning to problem gamblers
May 4, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientists have found that the brains of problem gamblers react more intensely to near misses than casual gamblers. The results could help explain what keeps problem gamblers betting even though they keep losing.
Oxytocin increases emotional but not cognitive empathy in men.
May 3, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Keith Kendrick (Babraham Institute) working in collaboration with Clinical Psychiatrists at the University of Bonn in Germany has shown for the first time that intranasal spray treatment with the neuropeptide, oxytocin, increases emotional but not cognitive empathy in men.
Integrated Doctoral Training Programme: In vivo Biology and Medicine
Apr 30, 2010
Applications are invited for The MRC integrated masters doctoral training programme 'In vivo Biology and Medicine' which is hosted by the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience under the general direction of Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Bill Harris, and involving many contributing departments' principal investigators. The programme theme emphasises research in metabolic physiology, neuroscience and developmental biology.
Deadline for application: 31st May, 2010.
The anatomy, and neurobiology, of appetite
Apr 30, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientist explains the influences on our appetite for a Wellcome Trust special feature piece including an exploration of what actually is appetite and why do some people become severely obese while others are able to maintain a stable weight without effort?
God, Brain and Mind
Apr 27, 2010
Neuroscience is increasingly finding clear links between neural mechanisms within the brain and human actions, behaviour and thought. This raises questions about what it means to be human and the nature of belief and choice.
Leading journalist to address the impact of science controversies
Apr 27, 2010
The editor-in-chief of the influential science publication Nature is to give a talk at Cambridge about how scientists should react when their research comes under attack in public debates.
Intellectual Disabilities and Personal Autonomy Workshop
Apr 26, 2010
An invitation to attend a workshop on Intellectual Disabilities and Personal Autonomy, Thursday, 27th May, 2010, 1.00 – 5.45, Trinity Hall, Graham Storey Room, Cambridge. Free to attend although please RSVP to guarantee a place.
The Neuroscience of Language
Apr 26, 2010
An invitation to attend a course on the Neuroscience of Language, with Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Friedemann Pulvermuller and held on Spring Term Tuesdays, 2-4pm, at the Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics, West Road Campus, Cambridge.
Sixth Annual Symposium of the Cambridge Computational Biology Institute
Apr 25, 2010
An invitation to attend this one day meeting which is intended to reflect the strength and diversity of research in computational biology, Wednesday 19th May 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge. Free to attend, registration is required.
Chips, worms and grey matter: more similar than you think
Apr 22, 2010
Scientists have discovered “striking similarities” between human brains, the nervous system of the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans and computer chips.
The quest for improved cognitive function through ‘brain training’ may not live up to its promise.
Apr 21, 2010
A UK collaboration, led by Adrian Owen at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, conducted a six-week online training study with
Lectureship positions available in Cambridge, Newnham College
Apr 19, 2010
Newnham College is currently advertising for Associate and College Lecturers in biological subjects, and would be keen for postdocs and University Teaching Officers to apply for these positions.
Cambridge Neuroscientist informs the public and policy
Apr 19, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Chris Dobson delivers a well received public lecture at the Royal Society of Chemistry and his work is subsequently highlighted in a Parliamentary debate discussing the UK’s strategy on dementia and the requirement to continue to fund basic research.
Cambridge Neuroscientists author the 'Research Front Paper' in the field of Psychiatry/Psychology for March and April, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
Professor Ed Bullmore and team at the Department of Psychiatry and Brain Mapping Unit, Cambridge, are the authors of the Emerging Research Front Paper in the field of Psychiatry/Psychology with their recent paper on Modern Brain Scanning & Antidepressant Drugs.
Baronness Susan Greenfield to give public lecture at Cambridge
Apr 17, 2010
Baroness Susan Greenfield will be giving a public lecture on how the study of the brain is changing our understanding of human nature itself at Cambridge University next week.
The talk, entitled "Human Nature: A Neuroscientific Perspective" will take place at 4.30pm on Wednesday, April 21st, at the Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street, Cambridge and will be free and open to all.
Pinsent Darwin Studentship in Mental Pathology
Mar 31, 2010
The Managers of the Pinsent Darwin Fund are pleased to be able to offer a studentship for a PhD student, starting in October 2010, wishing to “pursue original research into any problem which may have a bearing on mental defects, diseases or disorders.”
The closing date for applications is Friday 7th May 2009
Student wins Biomag 2010 "Connectivity Challenge Award"
Mar 31, 2010
Congratulations go to Daniel Wakeman, a PhD student at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, who has been awarded one of the two main prizes for the Biomag 2010 "Connectivity Challenge Award".
This award recognises the commendable spirit of scientific data sharing and encourages the development and validation of innovative methodologies to study structural-functional connectivity patterns underlying human sensory and cognitive processing.
Inviting Cambridge Neuroscientists to apply for International research image competition
Mar 26, 2010
"Some of science's most powerful statements are not made in words. From the diagrams of DaVinci to Rosalind Franklin's X-rays, visualization of research has a long and literally illustrious history. To illustrate is to enlighten."
Application deadline: September, 2010
Inviting applications for the 2010 Award in Comparative and Evolutionary Neuroscience
Mar 25, 2010
The Jean-Marie Delwart Foundation will award a prize for an original work or series of works, individual or collective, in the field of Comparative and Evolutionary Neurosciences. The Prize amounts to US $10,000.00 and will be attributed to works written (or translated) in French or English. Application deadline: 15th April, 2010.
Jumping to delusions - how the brain takes dangerous shortcuts
Mar 24, 2010
Why do some people with mental illnesses entertain bizarre and seemingly irrational beliefs that make their lives a misery?
Speaking at Cambridge Café Scientifique public forum on the 24th March, Professor Paul Fletcher from the Department of Psychiatry explained how scientists study behaviour, image brain oxygen levels, and manipulate humans with pharmacological agents in order to uncover how such delusional beliefs might arise.
The Master Puppeteer: How the Brain Controls the Body
Mar 18, 2010
Invitation to a public neuroscience lecture. All welcome to attend, registration is not required although please arrive early to guarantee a seat. Suitable for all those over 12 years old!
19th March, 18.00 – 19.00, Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museum Site, Cambridge. Wine reception (with fruit juice available) to follow.
Cambridge Neuroscientists developing new methods to treat patients who have partly lost their language due to stroke
Mar 18, 2010
Significant improvement in language performance can be achieved in stroke patients, even when the stroke occured a number of years ago, when a novel intensive language therapy is applied for just two weeks according to recent research by Cambridge Neuroscientists working at the Cognition Brain Sciences Unit.
Fruit flies and test tubes open new window on Alzheimer’s disease
Mar 16, 2010
A team of scientists from Cambridge and Sweden have discovered a molecule that can prevent a toxic protein involved in Alzheimer’s disease from building up in the brain.
New study could help predict suicidal behaviour in older adults
Mar 15, 2010
Focussing too much on the present and not using past experience to make decisions could be linked to suicide in elderly depressed adults, researchers from Cambridge and Pittsburgh have found.
Invitation to attend a lecture
Mar 10, 2010
Dr Jack Mellor MRC Centre for Synaptic Plasticity, Bristol will give a talk entitled " Hippocampal mossy fibre LTP: Does it exist and what is it good for?” Friday 12 March 2010 @ 2:30pm at the MRC LMB, Addenbrooke's Site
Neuroscience events at the Cambridge Science Festival!
Mar 8, 2010
The Cambridge Science Festival, 2010 runs from the 8th until the 20th March. The Festival hosts over 150 public events, the majority of which are free to attend, and will explore all aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Examples of some of the neuroscience activities included in this public science extravaganza are listed here.
Professor Usha Goswami discusses the infant brain with Melvyn Bragg on BBC Radio Four
Mar 5, 2010
Cambridge Neuroscientist joins Melvyn Bragg and guests to discuss what new research reveals about the infant brain for the BBC Radio 4 programme 'In our Times'.
Genzyme enables creation of key clinical academic post in Cambridge
Mar 4, 2010
Global biotechnology company Genzyme has made a generous benefaction to endow a key clinical academic post at the University of Cambridge.
The post will be dedicated to fundamental and translational research in multiple sclerosis and other neuroimmunological diseases, and strengthens Genzyme's existing multiple sclerosis research collaboration with the University.
The master puppeteer: how the brain controls the body
Mar 4, 2010
On the 19th March, 2010 Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Daniel Wolpert described his tickle machines, pea shooting experiments and pushing competitions to an enthralled audience of over 400 people ranging from 10 year old children to retired Professors as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.
KILI4X Conference on Fragile X Syndrome and Related Synaptopathies
Mar 1, 2010
8th - 10th July 2010, University of Edinburgh, registration now open, poster abstract deadline: 30th April, 2010.
Cambridge Neuroscientist explains the wonder of birds to The Times
Mar 1, 2010
Professor Nicky Clayton from the Department of Experimental Psychology explains that animal intelligence isn’t just about mammals: crows can make tools, store food and think ahead.
Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Barbara Sahakian calls for clinical trials on cognitive enhancers
Mar 1, 2010
Barbara recently (27th February), spoke to the Times highlighting the increasing prevalence of cognitive enhancers, such as modafinil and methylphenidate, being bought over the internet and taken by healthy individuals to improve concentration and memory. She calls for Government intervention in this area.
Cambridge Neuroscientist explains the science of sleep to Varsity Magazine
Feb 26, 2010
Dr. Michael Hastings from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology explains how recent discoveries in genetics provide insight into our sleeping patterns.
£25m boost for the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
Feb 22, 2010
The Medical Research Council (MRC) is to invest over £25 million in the future research programmes of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU), Cambridge.
Inviting applicants to the Summer School on "Beliefs and Decisions: of Minds and Machines"
Feb 22, 2010
School held in Budapest, Hungary. 5-9 July 2010. Deadline for applications: 15 March 2010. The course is aimed at students, post docs, and junior faculty working in machine learning, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related fields, and especially those who are interested in a combination of these approaches.
Rationality and emotions: a new issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society available
Feb 19, 2010
Issue compiled and edited by Alan Kirman, Pierre Livet and Miriam Teschl with chapter contributions from Cambridge Neuroscientists including Aldo Rustichini, Luke Clarke, Michelle Baddeley, John Coates and Zoltan Sarnyai.
Published January 2010 and freely available online until the 28th February, 2010. Special offer price for print issue: £47.50 (usual price: £59.50)
Cambridge Neuroscientist discusses the ethical implications of cognitive enhancing drugs at the Royal Institution
Feb 17, 2010
Professor Barbara Sahakian explores the potential risk weighed against the great benefits in the use of cognitive enhancing drugs to many sectors of society.
22nd February, 7-8.30 pm at the Royal Institution, London. Booking required.
Invitation to attend a Summer Programme in Undergraduate Research on Neuroscience (SPUR-ON), Dublin, Ireland.
Feb 15, 2010
Monday 14th June to Friday 20th August, 2010. Deadline for application: Friday 26th March 2010.
Invitation to attend Eureka Live: The brain
Feb 9, 2010
The Wellcome Collection and the Times invite you to join a panel of experts to explore the hottest topics in neuroscience and biomedical ethics as well as other research that has been making headlines. Speakers include Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Barbara Sahakian (Department of Psychiatry).
11th February 2010, 19.00 - 20.30, at the Wellcome Trust, London. Free to attend, booking required.
Call for editors for FENS
Feb 4, 2010
The Federation of European Neuroscience Society is looking for students/post-docs fluent in the English language to serve as editors for the submitted abstracts to the FENS Forum 2010.
In return, a personal grant of 750 euros will be provided to cover all expenses of attending the FENS Forum.
Cambridge Neuroscientist generates national press interest
Feb 4, 2010
Professors Andrea Brand and Robin Franklin present at the British Neuroscience Association Spring Symposium, 2010 and generate national press interest in their research.
EU grant for Postgraduate Training Network awarded to MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge and partners
Feb 2, 2010
An international consortium of universities and research institutions has been given the EC Tempus IV award of approximately €1million for a joint European programme entitled "Postgraduate Training Network in Biotechnology of Neurosciences (BioN)".
Cambridge Neuroscientist Dr Yury Shtyrov (pictured, left) who takes part in coordinating the project on behalf of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge said "We are thrilled to be part of this prestigious award"
Cambridge Neuroscientists identify a survival factor for keeping nerve cells healthy
Feb 2, 2010
Dr. Jon Gilley and Dr. Michael Coleman (Babraham Institute, Cambridge) have discovered a novel survival factor whose rapid transport along nerve cells is crucial for keeping them alive. The same factor, called Nmnat2 seems likely to be needed to keep our nerves healthy as we age.
These findings were published on the 26th January, 2010 in PLoS Biology and suggest an exciting new therapeutic avenue for protecting nerves from disease and injury-induced degeneration.
Invitation to attend the Cambridge Experimental and Behavioural Economics (CEBEG) Workshop
Feb 1, 2010
Chengwei Liu (PhD candidate, Judge Business School) presenting: SKILL VERSUS LUCK: WHEN ARE PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO MISTAKE GOOD LUCK FOR SKILL IN EVALUATING HIGH PERFORMANCES?
Cambridge Neuroscientists highlight the ethical issues in consenting vulnerable patients for neuroscience research
Jan 27, 2010
Neuroscientific research raises a number of specific ethical issues, including issues of consent, potential benefits of research, management of incidental findings and the assignment of appropriate controls. Professor John Pickard (Department of Clinical Neurosciences) and team discuss these issues in a recent article published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, 21st January, 2010.
Invitation to the Cambridge Clinical Research Centre for Affective Disorder Seminar Series
Jan 25, 2010
An exciting series of talks organised by the recently founded Cambridge
Calling for research images!
Jan 25, 2010
The Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) would like to invite you to participate in this year's Poster and Image Competitions, organised as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Prizes available up to £250. Submissions deadline: 14th February, 2010. This competition is open to MPhil and PhD students as well as postdoctoral researchers.
A collaborative study, led by Cambridge Neuroscientists, demonstrates that running stimulates hippocampal neurogenesis and improves spatial pattern separation
Jan 23, 2010
Professor Tim Bussey (Department of Experimental Psychology, Cambridge) senior author of the study commented to the Guardian:
"We know exercise can be good for healthy brain function, but this work provides us with a mechanism for the effect".
Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Barbara Sahakian discusses her research in BBC2's Horizon programme ‘Pill Poppers’
Jan 22, 2010
The BBC 2 Horizon programme 'Pill Poppers' (broadcasted on the 20th January, 2010) questioned our pill popping culture, presented the benefits and side effects of prescribed drugs, the potential for addiction and our fight against natural human evolution.
The success of Cambridge Neuroscience inspires the establishment of a network for evolutionary genetics in Cambridge
Jan 15, 2010
The newly established Cambridge Evolutionary Genetics (CEG) network fosters links between researchers in evolutionary genetics based in different institutions across Cambridge and was "inspired by the success of Cambridge Neuroscience" reports the CEG organiser, Dr Chris Jiggins of the Department of Zoology.
Announcing the Autism Neuroscience Conference
Jan 14, 2010
The Third Autism Neuroscience Conference is being hosted by the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Meeting on the Friday 10th September 2010, Faculty of Law, 10 West Road, Cambridge,
Abstract and Registration deadline: 1st July, 2010. Early bird bookings to be received by 28th February (abstracts) and 31st March (registration).
Invitation to apply for research positions at Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre
Jan 13, 2010
Research positions available at Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre, University of Oxford, funded by the Parkinson’s Disease Society Monument Discovery Award.
Deadline for application: 27th January, 2010.
Cambridge Neuroscience research images illuminate University buildings as part of the Transforming Tomorrow light show
Jan 12, 2010
Last weekend a spectacular light show was projected onto some of Cambridge's most famous buildings to mark the end of the 800th anniversary celebrations. The show focused on the transformative research taking place at Cambridge and included images by Cambridge Neuroscientists.
Announcing the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair Seminars!
Jan 11, 2010
A series of Wednesday lunchtime neuroscience seminars held at the Brain Repair Centre, Addenbrooke's Site, Jan - March, 2010. All invited to attend, registration is not required.
Calling the Rising Stars of Cambridge Neuroscience
Jan 11, 2010
The Rising Stars University course is aimed at undergraduates, postgraduates, post-docs and early career academics and is a course in public engagement and educational outreach. Deadline for application: 29th January, 2010.
The amazing capacity of the adult central nervous system to repair traumatic injuries
Jan 11, 2010
Professor Martin E. Schwab (Zurich) is presenting a special evening lecture on Thursday, 18th February, 2010, 5 pm at NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, Addenbrooke's Site. All welcome to attend.
Brain Bank call
Jan 8, 2010
The Medical Research Council (MRC) wishes to improve the supply of 'healthy' brain tissue that can be used as a comparator (control) in scientific studies, as part of their strategic initiative to establish an independent and co-ordinated national network of brain tissue resources (banks) for the research community.
The MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board is calling for an existing brain bank to expand activity, specifically to pilot the increased collection of control brain material. Deadline for proposal application: 10th February, 2010.
Cambridge Neuroscientists invited to submit symposia proposals for the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience meeting, 2010
Jan 5, 2010
The general theme of this year’s meeting is ‘ageing’ – a broad theme to include a strong focus on ‘developmental psychopathology’. Proposals submission deadline: 15th February 2010
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