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NPP News

1st annual Mini Glia Symposium

On 21st Nov 2017 our NPP PhD student Yajing Xu and her committee brought together a group of 35 PhD students and postdocs across UCL to attend the 1st annual Mini Glia Symposium to encourage exchange of glia research.  From 2 - 4pm the 4 speakers below engaged the group and from 4 - 6pm 12 posters were hung and everyone liaised whilst enjoying refreshments and sandwiches.  

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New Scientist Live Festival 2017

New Scientist Live is a festival of ideas and discovery, taking place at ExCeL London from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October, expecting around 30,000 visitors across 4 days. The Royal Society of Biology will be running ‘Ask a Biologist’ in the exhibition area, giving members of the public the opportunity to question 24 of our member experts, find out more about what the Royal Society of Biology does and how they can get involved with us.
NPP’s Professor Jonathan Ashmore will be there on Sunday 1st October from 1:30pm to 5pm.

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Dr Kirsty Bannister receives the IBSA award 2017

Dr Kirsty Bannister lead a workshop on ‘Clinical and pre-clinical aspects of descending controls in pain’ in Copenhagen at the EFIC meeting 6-9 September 2017. Whilst there she received the IBSA award 2017 for her article 'An investigation into the inhibitory function of serotonin in diffuse noxious inhibitory controls in the neuropathic rat’, as an excellent original article in the areas of Pain Research/Medicine published in the European Journal of Pain in 2016.

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NPP contribution to IBRO Neuroscience Course for postgraduate students

Professor Alasdair Gibb taught on the IBRO Neuroscience Course for postgraduate students in Jakarta.
This course from 12-20 July 2017 was taught by 6  international speakers to about 60 local Masters and PhD students and some senior medical students, as well as local faculty from Indonesian Universities. It included 35 lectures covering various topics in basic neuroscience, including structural, biophysical, biochemical, and pharmacological approaches. Each lecturer lead daily discussion on topics in the lectures and daily tutorials on how to prepare a 10 minute talk for international research conferences.

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The Life Sciences Faculty Medal 2016-17 goes to…

We are very pleased to announce Yu Xuan Tan, a 3rd year BSc in Neuroscience finalist, has won the Life Sciences Faculty Medal 2016-17. Please join us in congratulating Yu Xuan, who has been an extraordinary, fantastic student year after year, on his great accomplishment.
Life Sciences Faculty Medals are awarded to students who have taken the final examination for an undergraduate degree at UCL in the year for which the awards are made, and who are reported by the Faculty to be the most distinguished of such students.

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UCL Grand Challenges grant success

Congratulations to Kimberley Whitehead, Research Associate in NPP, for her award of a £4000 UCL Grand Challenges grant. The grant is to pursue, in collaboration with Professor Matthew Beaumont, UCL Professor in English Literature and co-Director of UCL’s Urban Lab, the intersection between the neurobiology and sociology of sleep and sleeplessness.

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