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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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Noncanonical Modulation of the eIF2 Pathway Controls an Increase in Local Translation during Neural Wiring

Feb 11, 2019

New research by Christine Holt’s laboratory reveals a cue-induced noncanonical mechanism of translation regulation in axons, which is required for the development of the visual pathway.

Boosting glutamate reduces anxiety in monkeys

Feb 04, 2019

New study led by Hannah Clarke, published in JNeurosci, show that increasing levels of the neurotransmitter glutamate in the hippocampus normalizes anxious monkey’s “fight or flight” response

Heart disease risk begins in the womb, study in sheep suggests

Jan 23, 2019

Offspring whose mothers had a complicated pregnancy may be at greater risk of heart disease in later life, according to a new study in sheep by Dino Giussani's lab

Placentas adapt to help keep babies healthy when mothers have poor diets or low oxygen during pregnancy

Jan 21, 2019

CTR researchers have discovered the placenta regulates how much oxygen and nutrients it transports to babies during challenging pregnancies in a study using mice to model conditions in the womb

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