Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

News and Announcements


Many congratulations to James King who has won the Carl Ludwig award for the best paper from a young scientist in Acta Physiologica 2012, for his paper Atrial arrhythmia, triggering events and conduction abnormalities in isolated murine RyR2-P2328S hearts.


The Edwards-Steptoe Research Trust funded 12 bursaries for younger scientists and doctors to attend the Futures in Reproduction Conference in December 2012, and will be announcing support for other ventures this summer.


Essential Reproduction, Includes Wiley E-Text, 7th Edition [image]


Finding malaria’s weak spot "The focus of many vaccine efforts is the molecules on the surfaces of both parasite and red cell that are instrumental in recognition and penetration." -- Teresa Tiffert


Crisis, what crisis? - Forget your crow’s feet and revel in the fact that the middle-aged brain is the most powerful, flexible thinking machine in the known universe. -- David Bainbridge


Many congratulations to Graham Burton who was offered and has now taken the Mary Marshal and Arthur Walton Professorship of the Physiology of Reproduction.


[image]The plaque to commemorate the achievements of Bob Edwards was unveiled. Futures in Reproduction Conference - Celebrating the award of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine to Professor Sir Robert Edwards.


Archived news:

  • Cambridge Science Summer School - a unique 8-week residential laboratory research-based programme for undergraduates finishing their degrees, graduates studying for their Master’s and for medical and veterinary students from our partner universities overseas. The programme is hosted by four of the largest departments in the School of Biological Sciences – the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN) and the Departments of Pathology, Pharmacology and Biochemistry, together with the Gurdon Institute for Developmental and Cancer Biology and the Wellcome Trust/MRC Stem Cell Institute.

  • [image]Surprising solution to fly eye mystery The conventional wisdom would be that one of the products of this enzyme’s activity is a chemical ‘second messenger’ that binds to and activates the channel. However, years of research had previously failed to find compelling evidence for such a straightforward mechanism. -- Roger Hardie

  • Many congratulations to Dorit Hockman who won 20th place in the 2012 Nikon International Small World photography contest.

  • Many congratulations to Bénédicte Sanson who has been awarded a Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award in full.

  • Dr Claire Martin has been awarded the 2012 British Cardiovascular Society Young Research Workers Prize. She won the award for her work on physiology of arrhythmogenesis in the Brugada Syndrome, and the abstract for this work has been published in the journal 'Heart' as Heart 2012;98:Suppl 1 A2-A3 doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2012-301877a.5.

  • [image]How the brain is made By combining advanced imaging with powerful genetic labelling techniques, Professor Bill Harris has imaged the entire process of retinal development in four dimensions, providing new insights into the enormous complexity of the nervous system. "What surprises me most is the inscrutable logic of it all." -- Bill Harris

  • Untangling the development of breast cancer - news of significant work by Serena Nik-Zainal (a former Part II Physiology student). Read more from the Sanger release. See also the BBC world service for voice records of the interviews.

  • Understanding the placenta: the key to healthy life The placenta is the interface between the mother and her baby, which means it is not only key to a successful pregnancy, it determines the future health of every one of us. In this film Professor Graham Burton discusses how the Trophoblast Centre was established to generate a fresh approach into placental research. The Centre focuses on common complications during pregnancy that have their roots in poor placental development -- such as miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, stillbirth and low birth weight - and maternal-fetal interactions during pregnancy.

  • [image] The plaque to commemorate the achievements of Edgar Adrian, Alan Hodgkin, and Andrew Huxley was unveiled. More...

  • Many congratulations to Roger Hardie who has been awarded the 2012 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics.