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SWC wins Project of the Year

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. 

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Instinctive defensive behaviour relies on computational processes and is not just a reflex

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.

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SWC celebrates Brain Awareness Week

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. 

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Keeping your behaviours in check

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.

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Nusrat Patel wins award

Nusrat Patel, a Laboratory Aid at the SWC, has been nominated a Star Award at a recent ceremony. 

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Applications for PhD programme open

We are delighted to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 4 year Neuroscience PhD programme for September 2017 intake. 

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New Director appointed

Professor Thomas Mrsic-Flogel has today been announced as the new Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour.

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New PhD students

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.   

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