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Professor Fran Platt appointed as new Head of Department of Pharmacology

Strategic Developments

Professor Fran Platt has been appointed as the new Head of Department for Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. Fran took up her new post with effect from 1 June 2020 and will serve for an initial period of five years.

University of Oxford joins the European Universities Initiative

Strategic Developments

The European Commission has recognised an alliance of Oxford University and seven other universities to join ‘European Universities Initiative’. The programme will receive 5 million euros for the next three years. The programme will focus on neurosciences and technology - to begin with.

2019 Recognition of Distinction Awards

Awards and Honours

It is a great pleasure to announce that a number of Neuroscience researchers have been successful in the recent assessment process for the conferment of the title of Associate Professor or University Research Lecturer.

Nervous system cells defined in unprecedented detail

Research Highlights

The collaborating groups of Professor Stephen Goodwin and Professor Scott Waddell based in The Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (CNCB) are shedding new light on what precisely constitutes a neuronal cell type.

How has COVID-19 Impacted on People's Vulnerability to Mental Illness and Depression?

Research Highlights

The Oxford University COSIE study (COvid-19, Social Isolation and Emotion) is an online study which asked people about their experiences during the coronavirus lockdown in late April 2020, while also using objective tests of psychological function to measure vulnerability to mental illness such as depression.

New Oxford University Research Study Will Track What Helps or Harms Adolescents’ Mental Health during the COVID-19 Crisis

Research Highlights

A new research survey launches today from experts at the University of Oxford along with collaborators from the Universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, and New South Wales. It will track adolescents’ mental health during the COVID-19 crisis to find out what promotes or hinders their resilience.

Nuffield Early Language Intervention Found Highly Effective in Large-Scale Trial

Research Highlights

The Nuffield Early Language Intervention catch-up programme developed by Maggie Snowling and Charles Hulme – has been found to give a 3+ month boost to the language skills of 4-5 year-olds who are falling behind.

Let them know you care – social disconnection worsens mental health after a loss

Research Highlights

Keeping grief hidden can be a survival strategy after suffering a bereavement. However, new research released today shows that the social disconnection caused by concealing feelings of loss can increase psychological distress.

New OXCADAT Guidance and Resources to Help Patients Cope with Trauma after Intensive Care

Strategic Developments

New OXCADAT guidance and resources to help patients cope with trauma after intensive care

Studying the impact of COVID-19 on epilepsy

Research Highlights

NDCN researchers lead a global study based on analysing survey data

Using MRI to investigate the effect of COVID-19 on the brain

Research Highlights

A team of NDCN neuroimaging researchers will lead this study, which has received a grant from the University of Oxford's COVID-19 Research Response Fund.

Oxford professors honoured by the Academy of Medical Sciences

The Academy of Medical Sciences has announced the election of fifty new Fellows, including six academics from the University of Oxford. Four are from our Neuroscience community.

Gero Miesenböck receives Shaw Prize 2020

Professor Gero Miesenböck, the Waynflete Professor of Physiology and Director of the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, is one of three scientists awarded The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine.

Professor Russell Foster receives Daylight Award 2020

On the UNESCO International Day of Light, The Daylight Award announce the 2020 Laureates, including Russell Foster who receives the award for his clinical studies in humans addressing important questions regarding light.

Professor Tim Behrens is a new Fellow of the Royal Society.

Congratulations to Timothy Behrens, who has been elected a new Fellow of the Royal Society. Tim's work has uncovered mechanisms used by the human brain to represent our world, make decisions, and control our behaviour.

Kia Nobre Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Awards and Honours

One of 120 new members and 26 new international members elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Natural mood regulation low or even absent in people with depression: how will lockdown affect this?

Research Highlights

Supporting natural mood regulation is a new direct target for developing novel treatments, optimising existing ones and integrating drug and psychotherapies to reduce the disease burden of depression, according to new research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.

A new blood-based test to help predict Parkinson’s disease

Research Highlights

Research carried out by George Tofaris and his team has led to the development of a new way to test for Parkinson’s disease before the main symptoms occur. This could allow clinicians to identify patients who would benefit from precision therapies that are currently at clinical trial stage.

Wolfson Building housing stroke centre opens

Strategic Developments

Research into strokes and vascular dementia took a major step forward on Thursday 5 March with the official opening of our Wolfson Centre for the Prevention of Stroke and Dementia (CPSD) based at the new Wolfson Building.

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