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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.

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