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The Department has an extensive teaching programme for medical, veterinary and science undergraduates. We offer excellent opportunities and facilities for training in research, leading to the degree of PhD, or MPhil in the Biological Sciences.

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Research in PDN is primarily in four major areas: Cellular and Systems Physiology, Developmental and Reproductive Biology, Neuroscience and Form and Function.

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Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre

The Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre is a visionary initiative to promote multidisciplinary working across the University on the application of advanced imaging technology to biology.

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Centre for Trophoblast Research

The ultimate aim of the centre is to alleviate suffering resulting from placentally-related complications of pregnancy that remain a major cause of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality worldwide.

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Prof Giussani's research group has been awarded ‘The Thomas McDonald Award from the Society for Reproductive Research Investigation’. This award acknowledges the highest ranked abstract by an investigator-in-training within the field of fetal neuroscience. Dr Beth Allison, Postdoc, was the first author of this work.

We are pleased to announce that PDN was awarded a silver award at 2014 Green Impact award ceremony! Green Impact is a scheme which recognises the environmental efforts of university departments and colleges.!

There is excellent news from this year's SAP exercise. Nick Brown has been promoted to a Professorship and Jenny Nichols to Readership. Our warm congratulations to them!

Many congratulations to Martin Johnson (FRS) who has just been awarded Honorary membership of The Physiological Society.

Squid control the dynamic iridescence of their skin separately from the way they control their pigmentary colours. Nature 507, 402 (27 March 2014).

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz and Ivan Bedzhov (Gurdon Institute) uncover key stage in embryo implantation Science CodexRead more>>

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