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Cambridge Neuroscience Elections 2013 - Voting closes at Midnight



Nine vacancies are available on the Cambridge Neuroscience Representative Forum.

ONLY Principal Investigators are eligible to vote for the following five positions:

Developmental Neuroscience representative

Systems and Computational Neuroscience representative

Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience representative

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience representative

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience representative

ONLY Post doctoral research associates are eligible to vote for the following two positions:

Post doctoral research associate Addenbrooke's site representative

Post doctoral research associate city centre representative

ONLY PhD students are eligible to vote for the following two positions:

PhD Addenbrooke's site representative

PhD city centre representative

Terms and conditions

  • The successful candidates will serve up to 2 terms, each of two years in duration.
  • Only members of Cambridge Neuroscience are eligible to vote.
  • Please vote by selecting one candidate for the post of Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience representative’, one candidate for ‘Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience representative’ etc.
  • The election will close at 23.59 on 2nd December 2013.
  • The successful candidates will be announced on the Cambridge Neuroscience website and via an email to Cambridge Neuroscience members within one week of the close of voting.

Theme: Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience (2 nominations)

1. Professor Paul Fletcher

Theme: Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Research: I am a psychiatrist interested in learning and inference and in how disturbances in these processes may lead to psychosis and health-harming behaviours. I use combinations of clinical studies, psychopharmacological manipulations and functional neuroimaging to explore these processes in humans.

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2. Dr Jon Simons

Theme: Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience
Research: My lab's research investigates the role of brain regions such as the frontal, medial temporal, and parietal lobes in human memory.  We combine a number of cognitive neuroscience methods, including behavioural studies, functional neuroimaging (fMRI), electrophysiology (EEG/MEG), and brain stimulation (TMS/tDCS).

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Theme: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (2 nominations)

1. Professor Clemens Kaminski

Theme: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

I work closely with members of the Neurodegenerative Disease consortium in Cambridge led by Professor. Peter St. George Hyslop and we develop advanced optical microscopy techniques to study molecular mechanisms of Neurodegeneration. I have worked closely with Bill Harris to make the techniques we develop available to the Neuroscience Community in Cambridge and am co-founder of the Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre and on its management board. We work on problems related to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and have recently begun to look at neuronal development.  Techniques we develop and use are functional cellular imaging methods (FRET, FLIM), optical superresolution imaging such as STED and STORM, and live organism imaging with light sheet microscopes.

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2. Professor Jenny Morton

Theme: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Research Jenny Morton’s research work is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying the progressive neurological decline in HD. She has a particular interest in developing strategies to delay or prevent the death of neurones in injured or degenerating brain in HD. Her group works primarily with mouse models of HD (the R6/2 fragment model and the Hdh full length models), but more recently she has started working with sheep. She uses 2 sheep lines with genetic neurological diseases (a transgenic HD sheep and a naturally occurring line carrying a mutation causing Batten’s disease). Her research is aimed at understanding the relationship between the gene mutation and neurological decline in these sheep. Her studies encompass many diverse aspects of animal behaviour, including cognition, social behaviour, circadian rhythms, and uses multiple approaches for investigation, including MR imaging and in vivo electrophysiology.

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Theme: Systems and Computational Neuroscience (1 nomination)

Dr Stephen Eglen

Theme: Systems and Computational Neuroscience

Research: Stephen Eglen uses computational techniques to analyse and model the development of the visual system. He is actively involved in the UK and international neuroinformatics community.

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Elected subject to approval by existing forum.

Theme: Clinical & Veterinary Neuroscience (2 nominations)

1. Revd Dr Alasdair Coles

Theme: Clinical & Veterinary Neuroscience

Research: Alasdair Coles is a clinical neurologist whose research is at the translational end of neuroscience. Specifically, since 1994, he has been developing experimental drugs for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. One of these, alemtuzumab (Campath-1H), has just been licensed in Europe. He is the neurology representative on the Clinical Neuroscience PhD committee and he is also the clinical lead for the Cambridge Nanomedicine initiative, trying to bring clinicians and nanotechnologists together.

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2. Dr Ruma Raha-Chowdhury

Theme: Clinical & Veterinary Neuroscience

My main interest is in brain iron homeostasis, its role in normal ageing, neuronal inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. Abnormalities in brain iron metabolism have been found in a wide spectrum of neurodegenerative disorders. These include PD where localised regional increases in iron levels have been found in the basal ganglia and in the cortex in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Excess iron, has been reported to be located in the widely distributed in amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles (NFT). Hepcidin is a regulatory hormone playing a key role in whole body iron homeostasis. Hepcidin inhibits the cellular efflux of iron by binding to and inducing the degradation of an iron exporter Ferroportin (FPN) in iron-transporting cells.  An impairment of FPN and hepcidin could be the mechanistic link between Iron and neurodegeneration.

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Theme: Developmental Neuroscience (1 nomination)

Dr Marco Tripodi

Theme: Developmental Neuroscience

My lab studies the organization and function of neural circuits controlling movement in mice. Our aim is to define the neural circuits responsible for generating automatic and goal-oriented movements and delineate the underlying sensory-motor integration processes that link perception to action. We investigate these questions by using and developing a variety of methodologies. These include mouse genetics, viral strategies for circuit tracing and functional manipulation, in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics and behavioral analysis.

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Elected subject to approval by existing forum.


Post Doctoral Research Associate representative (city centre) 3 nominations

1. Dr Fawad Jamshed

Position nominated for: Post Doctoral Research Associate representative (city centre)

Affiliation: Department of Psychology (Professor William Marlsen-Wilson’s Lab, Neurolex)

Research: The aim of my research is to develop neuro-biologically constrained accounts of language processing, by relating cognitive theories to the underlying neural systems. We combine a range of behavioural and imaging techniques (FMRI, MEG etc) to investigate the functional properties of the language processing system, and the nature of mental computations required for language interpretation.

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2. Dr Sebastian McBride

Affiliation: Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (Morton Lab)

I have a broad and enthusiastic interest in a range of neuroscience topics both generally and through involvement in a number of research projects. I am currently working on large animal cognition to develop pertinent and relevant tests of brain-region-specific neurophysiological dysfunction, where these tests can then be used in large-animal model research of human neurodegenerative disorders. I have also worked in robotics translating neurophysiological mechanics into robotic architectures with specific focus on how the action selection mechanism of the basal ganglia interacts and integrates with hand-eye systems.  I have also researched extensively repetitive disorders and how the loss of inhibitory control results in the re-presentation of behavioural sequences, as a way of gaining further understanding of the functional mechanics the of the basal ganglia. This range of interest and experience should allow me to be well placed as a potential member of the Cambridge Neuroscience forum, and to make active contributions to the forum sessions. In addition, I have extensive experience of academic meetings and as a highly personable individual should make an efficient and approachable representative of the ‘city’ post-doctoral community.

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3. Dr Andrea Santangelo

Position nominated for: Post Doctoral Research Associate representative (city centre)

Affiliation: Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (Roberts’ Lab)

Research: My work focuses on gene variability and emotional and cognitive behaviour interactions. In particular, I study variation in the serotonin transporter gene that has been linked to vulnerability to early-life stress and the development of affective disorders.

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Post Doctoral Research Associate representative (Addenbrooke’s site) 3 nominations

1. Dr Kate Baker

Position nominated for: Post Doctoral Research Associate representative (Addenbrooke’s site)

Affiliation: Department of Medical Genetics (Raymond Lab-Academic Clinical Lecturer) and MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (Visiting Scientist)

Research: 1. Genes, brains and mental health 2. Developmental cognitive neuroscience 3. Interdisciplinary, patient-centred, small-scale, fun

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2. Dr Zhongzhao Teng

Position nominated for: Post Doctoral Research Associate representative (Addenbrooke’s site)

Affiliation: Department of Radiology (Gillard Lab)

Research: My main interest is: the translational application of combination of non-invasive medical imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and biomechanical analysis in assessing the vulnerability of atherosclerotic diseases in carotid and intracranial arteries.

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3. Dr Adam Tozer

Position nominated for: Post Doctoral Research Associate representative (Addenbrooke’s site)

Affiliation: MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology (Tiago Branco Lab)

Neuroscience and understanding brain function is the final frontier of Biology. At Cambridge there is a plethora of brilliant neuroscience investigators all working to discover and unlock the secrets of the brain. The Cambridge Neuroscience Forum will provide a platform for investigators at all levels to influence, coordinate and drive further discovery and understanding of brain function, development and degeneration. I would like to give a voice to the Post Doctoral community of neuroscientists here in Cambridge by representing them in the forum.

Research: I am in my first year of a Post Doctoral Career Development Fellowship at the MRC's LMB here in Cambridge. In the Lab of Tiago Branco, I study the hypothalamic circuitry involved in energy balance and feeding behaviour. Using electrophysiology, optogenetics, 2-Photon imaging and neurotransmitter un-caging, I aim to investigate the synaptic integration of this circuitry both in vitro and in vivo, with the goal of understanding how neuronal processing in the Arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus affects feeding behaviour.

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PhD student representative (city centre) 2 nominations

1. Miss Zara Goozee

Position nominated for: PhD student representative (city centre)

Affiliation: Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, Department of Psychology (Everitt/Merlo lab)

Research: My research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of associative memory formation and persistence. In particular I am investigating the dynamic molecular landscape following reactivation of a fully consolidated associative memory which can result in two opposing processes, reconsolidation and extinction.

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2. Mr Michael Gottschalk

Position nominated for: PhD student representative (city centre)

Affiliation: Institute of Biotechnology / Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research (CCNR) (Bahn Lab)
Research: My projects in the Bahn Group focus on the molecular basis of affective and anxiety disorders as well as their comorbid overlap. Combining a diverse range of molecular profiling methods (e.g. liquid chromatography coupled tandem mass spectrometry, selective reaction monitoring or multiplexed immuno assays) to a multi-omic approach this aims at a better characterization of the fundamental psychiatric pathophysiology. Currently I am working on the proteomic effects of mood stabilizers, antidepressants and neurocognitive enhancers in preclinical settings, a comparative analysis of human post mortem brain and a characterization of the anxiety spectrum based on serum samples of patients suffering of generalized anxiety, panic attacks and different phobias. Upcoming objectives include the translation of these findings into follow-up proof of concept studies evaluating their potential clinical impact.
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PhD student representative (Addenbrooke’s site) 2 nominations

1. Mr Deniz Vatansever

Position nominated for: PhD student representative (Addenbrooke’s site)

Affiliation: Department of Clinical Neurosciences (Division of Anaesthesia - Stamatakis/Menon Lab)

Research: Extensive neuroimaging research has identified a network of brain regions, which increase their activity during “no task” baseline conditions, collectively known as the default mode network. The regions involved in the DMN and their connectivity are hypothesized to drive future planning, predictions of outcome, retrieval of autobiographical memories and integration of external information. Under the supervision of Dr Emmanuel Stamatakis and Professor David Menon, the specific aims of my PhD are to decipher the exact functional role of this network in healthy controls and to investigate its disruption/reorganization in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This will allow us to improve biomarkers in detecting the severity of impairment, predict cognitive outcomes and propose potential therapeutic agents in the near future.

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2. Mr Jeroen Verheyen

Position nominated for: PhD student representative (Addenbrooke’s site)

Affiliation: Clinical Neurosciences (Pluchino Lab, Brain Repair Centre)

Research: We are creating and validating nanotherapeutics and therapeutic stem for modulating and preventing neurodegenerative disorders, aspiring to induce functional recovery. Initially, will be looking to tackle spinal cord injury (SCI). Functional pRNA-based nanotherapeutics will be engineered to target reactive astrocytes, deliver siRNA, and prevent gliosis. Diagnostic moieties will be included, allowing gliosis detection by MRI and/or PET. The therapeutic effect of these nanoparticles, grafted stem cells, and a combination of both for SCI will be analyzed. We will investigate the biodistribution, the effect on glial scar and gliosis, axonal regrowth, and functional recovery. If proven to be effective, steps will be taken towards using this approach for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

Personal: I love to indulge and actively take part in scientific discussions. My optimism, criticism, and creativity allow for interesting debates.


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Posted on 26/11/2013

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