An unusually quiet day on Friday as very few staff and students made it through the snow. However, there were a couple of new characters hanging around the quad…
A reminder that we have 2 exciting PhD opportunities advertised. There is an EastBIO project, in collaboration with Prof Frank Gunn-Moore and a SPRINT-MND studentship.
We are offering an exciting project, together with the lab of Professor Frank Gunn-Moore looking at how neurons differentiate and also at model of neuronal ageing. Check out http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/making-and-maintaining-neuron-towards-better-understanding-neuronal-differentiation-and-ageing.
Please get in touch if you have any queries (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fantastic news that over 100 people came along and engaged with our activities at explorathon. We were there with our Big Brain Box (www.bcubed.org.uk) and a huge thank you goes out to Emily for organising everything and to all of our helpers for making the night such a fabulous success. More photos in the picture gallery tab!
Come along to MUSA on The Scores, St Andrews to meet us as part of Explorathon 2017. The Big Brain Box will be discussing research-led findings on Healthy Living – Healthy Brain using fun games and activities. Look forward to seeing everyone there!
We are now on Twitter (@dohertyneurolab). Follow us to find out what we are up to and about some the latest and interesting progress in neuroscience research around the globe
A huge thank you to the local primary schools who allowed us to come in and talk about neuroanatomy and Healthy living/ healthy brain last week. It was very interesting to hear from pupils and teacher and to learn more about the questions they have about the brain.
We have been awarded a small grant from Alzheimer’s Research UK to investigate adipokine receptor expression in cognitive dysfunction syndrome cats. Like elderly humans, felines can show memory issues with age and it will be interesting to uncover to what extent mechanisms and risk factors are shared. Alison Holiday will be working on this study in collaboration with Lorena Sordo and Professor Danielle Gunn-Moore from the University of Edinburgh. A big thank you to the Alzheimer’s Research UK Scotland Network for sponsoring this exciting study.
Congratulations to Alison for winning the St Andrews round of the three minute thesis competition. This contest challenges PhD candidates to explain their entire thesis in 3 minutes in language appropriate for a non-specialist audience. Participants may only use one powerpoint slide. No props, animations or interpretive dance were allowed. As the winner of the University final she wins £500 to spend on a public-engagement event and a recording of her presentation will be put into the national semi-finals.
Thank you so much to everyone who came to talk to us at Parkrun today. We heard some interesting stories and met some people who gave us inspiration for our future research. Hopefully some of you will sign up to run down dementia and raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK over the summer months. And congratulations to Mark Doherty on completing his first parkrun!