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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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Individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions

Jul 02, 2019

A new study in marmoset monkeys by Dr Andrea M. Santangelo and Prof Angela Roberts, suggests that individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions, of relevance to our understanding of anxiety and depression, and provides insights for the development of new strategies in individualised therapies

Scientists identify possible source of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ in the brain

Jul 02, 2019

Scientists from Fabian Grabenhorst's group have identified mechanisms in the human brain that could help explain the phenomenon of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ – the unsettling feeling we get from robots and virtual agents that are too human-like. They have also shown that some people respond more adversely to human-like agents than others.

How the placenta and the fetus engage in regulated communication during pregnancy

Jul 01, 2019

Study by Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri's lab, published in eLIFE, shows how the placenta and the fetus engage in a two-way communication during pregnancy, suggesting that faulty signalling can cause growth restriction

Elisa Galliano awarded teaching prize by CUSU

May 29, 2019

The Cambridge University Student Union has given Dr Galliano a prize for best Undergraduate Supervisor (science and tech category) as part of their student-led teaching awards

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