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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

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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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Centre for Trophoblast Research

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

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Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre

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

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PDN unveils new departmental logo

Oct 11, 2019

The new logo was chosen as the winner of an internal competition among its staff

How synapse formation drives brain cancer growth

Sep 27, 2019

A study just published in Nature, by a team including Hugh Robinson of PDN, has shed new light on how glutamate receptor ion channels are involved in metastasis of cancer to the brain, showing that cancer cells which express growth-promoting glutamate receptors integrate themselves into neuronal synapses to obtain activating glutamate.

Potential therapeutic target for early-onset preeclampsia

Sep 17, 2019

Research by CTR in collaboration with Andrew Murray identified a protein response pathway during preeclampsia which could provide a new insight for potential therapeutic target of the disease

Margherita Turco receives ERC starting grant award

Sep 04, 2019

The CTR researchers is among 8 Cambridge recipients of European Union awards given to early-career researchers from over 50 countries

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