Research led by Dr Martha Koerner (School of Biological Sciences) has resulted in fresh insights into the rare genetic disorder known as MeCP2 duplication syndrome, which mainly affects boys and leads to severe intellectual disability, seizures and impaired motor function, that could pave the way for new treatments for the condition.
Results of the FOCUS clinical trial led by Professor Martin Dennis and Professor Gillian Mead (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences), which tested the efficacy of fluoxetine to improve physical ability in stroke patients indicated that there was no improvement in patients given this drug compared with patients given a placebo drug.
Congratulations to Professor Martin Dennis (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) who was awarded the inaugural BASP President's Award for excellence in stoke practice, research and training at the UK Stroke Forum 2018 last week.
Congratulations to Maggi Laurie, a PhD student in CCBS who has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) at Westminster where she will help to develop evidence-based briefing for MPs on topics including autism practice, screentime and child development.
Scientists led by Dr Nathalie Rochefort (Centre for Discover Brain Sciences) and Professor Tomáš Čižmár (Jena Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology) have developed a new minimally-invasive tool for imaging sub-cellular structures deep within the brain of living animals via a hair-thin optical fibre, which could help to further understand the functions and activities of these neuronal circuits when an animal is exploring a new environment or learning a new task.
Huge congratulations to Nathalie Rochefort (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) who as been selected as an EMBO Young Investigator.
The EMBO Young Investigator Programme offers recent group leaders with a track record of scientific excellence access to funding, training and networking opportunities.
Huge congratulations to Professor Joanna Wardlaw (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) who was awarded the Karolinska Stroke Award for Lifetime Contribution to Excellence in Advancing Knowledge in Stroke. This is awarded by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and has been awarded since 2004 in alternate years.
New research led by Professor Catherina Becker (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) has provided fresh insights into how zebrafish repair their damaged nerve connections which could aid the development of therapies for people with spinal cord injuries.