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Neuroscience

Cambridge has a strong tradition in neuroscience. We have hosted the first analysis of neural signalling in the 1930s with Bryan Matthews and Lord Edgar Adrian; identified the mechanisms that generate action potential in the 1950s with Alan Hodgkin and Andrew Huxley; and elaborated some of the first theoretical approaches to function in brain circuits since the 1960s. Neuroscience at Cambridge continues to grow and to incorporate new ideas and approaches into diverse research interests.

We have a strong research representation at cellular and molecular level, with groups working on synaptic transmission, local network properties and plasticity in local neural circuits, aspects of molecular signalling and transduction of sensory stimulus. Our developmental neurobiologists are also tackling problems associated with how a brain is built.

At neural systems level, we are working onhow sensory systems are able to process and represent information. We are studying the sense of hearing in mammals, auditory analysis, visual processing of information and predation. We are also interested in how the motor systems and neuroendocrine systems function.

At the level of behaviour, we have groups working on aspects of motivation and cognition, like how rewards are preceived and processed in the brain and how emotions can affect or disrupt decision making.

Labs

adams

Visualising morphogenetic mechanisms

baker

Neurogenic placodes and the neural crest: development of the vertebrate peripheral sensory nervous system

brand

Brand lab

Stem cells to synapses: regulation of self-renewal and differentiation in the nervous system

bray

Neural and epidermal development in Drosophila: from signalling to morphogenesis

Neural circuit reconstruction of Drosophila larva

Neural and neurochemical basis of negative emotional behaviour and their implications for psychiatric disorders

Edgley lab

How information is processed in motor systems

Fleming lab

Zebrafish models of neurodegeneration to investigate how protein clearance pathways affect disease severity

Franze lab

Mechanics in nervous system development and pathology

Gonzalez-Bellido lab

Neural code driving visually driven predation, miniaturization of nervous systems

Hardie lab

Phototransduction, TRP channels, lipid and Calcium signalling in Drosophila

Harris lab

Molecular embryogenesis of the visual system

holt

Holt lab

Axon guidance in the developing brain

Jones lab

How neuronal communication is disrupted in pathological states that mimic neurological disorders

keynes

Keynes lab

Development and repair of the nervous system, and vertebral segmental patterning

Mason lab

Structure, function and evolution of the vertebrate ear

Matthews lab

Phototransduction and olfactory transduction

Parker lab

Neuronal networks and plasticity after recovery from spinal cord injury

Paulsen lab

Cellular basis of information processing in the mammalian brain

Roberts lab

Neural circuits underlying the regulation and dysregulation of positive and negative emotion

Robinson lab

Ion channels and neuron dynamics

Schultz lab

Reward processing and economic decisions in the brain

Wardill lab

Information processing principles for visually guided behaviours in flies and dynamic skin signalling among cephalopods

Winter lab

Primitive neural mechanisms of auditory scene analysis

Other Academics specializing in this area

barlow

Horace Barlow

Retired

dbray

Dennis Bray

Retired

dyball

Richard Dyball

Retired

patterson

Roy Patterson

Retired

rogers

John Rogers

Retired

thomas

Roger Thomas

Retired