Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

On Tuesday 17th April 2018, the Department of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) officially opened its new Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, and Sir Colin Blakemore was here to pull the curtain on the commemorative plaque. 

The event was celebrated with a drinks and canapes reception in the Sherrington foyer, and marked by the inaugural Sir Charles Sherrington Lecture.

The Centre for Integrative Neuroscience has been established as part of the Department's ongoing re-organisation and is to be located in the east wing of the Sherrington Building, extending into the adjacent Henry Wellcome Building.

The focus of this centre will be a multidisciplinary study of mammalian neural circuits, which will bring together DPAG's world leading expertise in the investigation of how the cells of the nervous system are formed, migrate into position, and assemble into specific circuits, how those cells communicate with each other and encode information, and how the circuits they form give rise to behaviour.

Blakemore, now an Emeritus Professor of DPAG, was formerly Head of Department and Waynflete Professor of Physiology. His contribution to neuroscience is the part he played in establishing the concept of neural plasticity, the capacity of the brain to reorganise itself as a result of the pattern of activity passing through its connections, the subject of the Sir Charles Sherrington Lecture this year.

To view more pictures from the event, click here.

In case you weren't able to make the event, you can watch some highlights below.

Similar stories

New Transatlantic Partnership in Mental Health

Strategic Developments

The new partnership between Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Oxford, the University of Toronto, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, will enable the development of key structures to facilitate collaboration.

Oxford Awarded Major Funding to Probe Childhood Poverty and Social Inequalities

Strategic Developments

Ground-breaking multi-disciplinary research is to be launched today by the University of Oxford into the impact of poverty and social inequalities in early childhood, thanks to major funding from the Leverhulme Trust.

David Paterson on the real value of research

Strategic Developments

Head of DPAG David Paterson joins Lord David Willets, Dame Ottoline Leyser and Priya Guha in discussing the future priorities for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) - summaries are now published in The Foundation for Science and Technology Journal.

New WA Handley Chair of Psychiatry Appointed

Strategic Developments

Professor John Geddes has been appointed to the WA Handley Professorship of Psychiatry and will take up this post in November 2021.

Investigating New Treatment for Schizophrenia

Research Highlights Strategic Developments

A partnership between University of Oxford, the Earlham Institute, and the global pharmaceutical companies Biogen Inc and Boehringer Ingelheim has been announced to investigate a new drug target for the treatment of schizophrenia.

Retirement of Professor Peter Brown

Strategic Developments

This month sees the retirement of Professor Peter Brown as Director of the Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford.