From computational biology to new zebrafish and mouse models for Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis to structural neuroimaging studies in stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, the annual Department of Neuroscience research day held at SITraN on 16th October 2015 covered a vast range of topics and scientific approaches to neurodegenerative diseases.
Following a warm welcome by Head of Department, Professor Paul Ince, 43 postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers presented their research during the day to their colleagues across the department in either a 15 minute talk, a 5-10 minute oral poster presentation or in the intermittent poster sessions. Highlights of the day were the presentations of EU Marie Curie Fellow Dr Luisa Cutillo on “Count data analysis and biological networks” and Parkinson’s UK Research Fellow Dr Heather Mortiboys on “Drug repurposing for Parkinson’s disease”.
Prizes for the best presentations went to PhD students Simeon Mihaylov who presented his research on the role of PGC1-alpha in energy homeostasis and Jodie Stephenson who presented her studies on a TDP43 mouse model of MND. The prize for the best oral poster presentation went to PhD student Natalie Rounding who talked about her research on the C9orf72 MND zebrafish model. Poster prizes went to Hannah Clemmens, Emma Smith and Khlood Mehdar.