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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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Felodipine induces autophagy and clears neurotoxic proteins associated with neurodegeneration

May 03, 2019

New study by the Fleming lab on felodipine in collaboration with CIMR published in Nature Communications

Dr Cecilia Brassett awarded 2019 Pilkington Prize

Apr 16, 2019

PDN's Clinical Anatomist has been awarded a the Pilkington Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to excellent teaching and course development

Amygdala neurons simulate decisions of social partners

Apr 12, 2019

Fabian Grabenhorst and Wolfram Schultz have identified special types of brain cells that may allow us to simulate the decision-making processes of others, thereby reconstructing their state of mind and predicting their intentions. Dysfunction in these ‘simulation neurons’ may help explain difficulties with social interactions in conditions such as autism and social anxiety.

Premature babies could benefit from changes to drugs administered to at-risk mothers

Mar 21, 2019

Research by Dino Giussani's group have suggested that subtle changes to the drugs administered to mothers threatened with preterm birth or to premature babies could further improve clinical treatment and help increase their safety

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