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Dr Emily Osterweil and researchers at the Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disability have used a genetic mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome, an inherited form of autism, to look at the changes in muscarinic M4 receptor pathway. They found that a paradoxical enhancement of M4 activity normalised activity and reduced seizures in these mice.
A Joint Symposium with the postgraduate students from the University of Tokyo. All welcome - no registration required.
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.
Professor Giles Hardingham (Centre for Integrative Physiology and Associate Director for the new UK Dementia Research Institute at University of Edinburgh) and colleagues have published a study that uncovers how neurones influence astocyte function.
The Scottish Genomes Partnership has signed up its first recruits in a study which will sequence the entire genome of 1000 people, including 330 who have rare diseases, which include conditions such as muscular dystrophies, rare forms of intellectual disability and rare inherited neurological problems.
Applications are invited for four 3.5 year full-time fully funded PhD studentships spanning basic and translational brain sciences in the biological mechanisms underlying autism.