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Cambridge Neuroscientist recognised for his scientific achievement with a long-term contribution to UK-Japan relations.

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.

Dr. Hugh Robinson, pictured right, from the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Cambridge studies synaptic integration in mammalian cortical neurons using a variety of techniques including computational modelling and electrophysiological recording techniques.

He has been jointly awarded a Daiwa Adrian Prize by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, a UK charity, established in 1988 with a generous benefaction from Daiwa Securities Co Ltd. The Foundation's purpose is to support closer links between Britain and Japan. The prize is available every three years and recognises significant scientific collaboration between Japanese and British research teams who have combined excellence in scientific achievement with a long-term contribution to UK-Japan relations.

This award recognises Hugh's collaborative work with Prof. Kazuyuki Aihara at the University of Tokyo, understanding how the firing properties of different types of neurons in the cortex lead to gamma oscillations, which reflect coordinated firing of neurons during cognitive, sensory and motor activity.

Hugh commented when hearing the news of this Award:

“I am delighted to receive a Daiwa Adrian prize, with Kazuyuki Aihara and all our group members who have contributed to this project. The connection of the prize with Lord Adrian is particularly pleasing to me - as an undergraduate, I was very fortunate to be taught by him, and his pioneering work on the muscle action potential was an inspiration.”

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Posted on 13/09/2010

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