Scientists have discovered why our brain might be so good at perceiving edges and contours. Neurons that respond to different parts of elongated edges are connected and thus exchange information. This can make it easier for the brain to identify contours of objects. The results of the study have been published today in the journal Nature.
Publication date: 12 July 2017
Here at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre we are celebrating the exciting and integral roles of technicians with #ActualLivingTechnician!
Publication date: 31 May 2017
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour has been awarded the Project of the Year at the 2017 RICS Awards in London. The winners were announced at a dinner held at the Marriott, Grosvenor Square on 24 May 2017.
Publication date: 25 May 2017
Scientists from the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour have debunked the myth that the instinct to flee from a threat is not just a reflex, but a series of complex computational processes. In a paper published in Current Biology, the team have found that instinctive behaviour is not innate but requires learning and memory.
Publication date: 14 April 2017
The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, a US-based awards programme established by the Blavatnik Family Foundation in 2007, is expanding to the UK, a move that will bring over £10 million of inward investment to the UK scientific community.
Publication date: 6 April 2017
Last week the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre took part in Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Staff and students at the SWC volunteered to deliver talks and hands-on activities to a range of audiences and highlight the research that is carried out here.
Publication date: 23 March 2017
Professor Peter Dayan, Director of the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, based here in the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, has been jointly awarded the 2017 Brain Prize. The award will be shared between him, Ray Dolan (both University College London) and Wolfram Schultz (University of Cambridge) for their analyses of how the brain recognises and processes reward.
Publication date: 6 March 2017
A book that gives the behind-the-scenes account of how the SWC was designed and created is being launched next month.
Publication date: 23 January 2017
Scientists identify the physical connection through which the prefrontal cortex inhibits instinctive behaviours.
From fighting the urge to hit someone to resisting the temptation to run off stage instead of giving that public speech, we are often confronted with situations where we have to curb our instincts. Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have traced exactly which neuronal projections prevent social animals like us from acting out such impulses. The study, published online in Nature Neuroscience, could have implications for schizophrenia and mood disorders like depression.
Publication date: 10 January 2017
Nusrat Patel, a Laboratory Aid at the SWC, has been nominated a Star Award at a recent ceremony.
Publication date: 28 November 2016
We are delighted to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 4 year Neuroscience PhD programme for September 2017 intake.
Publication date: 9 November 2016
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour has won the award for Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m) at the British Construction Industry Awards. The 29th British Construction Industry Award winners were announced at a gala dinner on 12 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Publication date: 13 October 2016
Professor Thomas Mrsic-Flogel has today been announced as the new Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour.
Publication date: 10 October 2016
This month we welcome the SWC’s first intake of PhD students who join five Gatsby Unit students to make a cohort of eight. They started their 4-year programme with a ‘bootcamp’ on 12 September with a robot competition where pairs of students had to design and build a robot that simulates a rat doing a behavioural task.
Publication date: 29 September 2016
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre was officially opened on 23 May by Nobel Laureate Professor Eric Kandel.
Publication date: 8 June 2016