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Congratulations to Professor Seth Grant who has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) Distinguished Investigator Award.
Dr Christos Gkogkas and colleagues in the Patrick Wild Centre have found that a commonly used diabetes drug, Metformin, could help people with a common inherited form of autism (fragile X syndrome).
This is a great opportunity to hear about current research by some of the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine's ESAT Fellows.
Dr Pleasantine Mill (MRC Human Genetics Unit) has identified a gene, involved in brain development, which can lead to disability and death in infants.
Professor Ian Deary and Dr David Hill (both centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology) and colleagues from University of Southampton and Harvard have identified over 500 genes linked to intelligence in the largest study of its kind.
A Joint Symposium with the postgraduate students from the University of Tokyo. All welcome - no registration required.
New study led by Professor Mick Watson indicates that advanced technologies which read long strings of DNA can produce flawed data that could affect genetic studies. This project examined three previous studies reporting human genome sequences from long-read technologies. They found that the data contained thousands of errors even after corrective software was used, indicating that the data produced by these technologies should be interpreted with caution, as it may create problems for analysing genetic information from people and animals.
Professor Seth Grant (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences), Professor Douglas Armstrong (Informatics) and colleagues in the Centre Clincial Brain Sciences and at the Lilly Research Centre (Surrey), have analysed the molecules produced at synapses in various parts of the brain and found that varying compositions correspond to brain functions. The team found that this map can now bridge the gap between genetic studies and findings from brain imaging, shedding light on why smokers might develop a habit.
We have a variety of postgraduate masters courses - research and taught - covering neuroscience-related areas, including distance learning courses. More information about these can be found at the individual programme websites.
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.