Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research


Early Career Investigator Award Winner

The UCL Centre for Neuroimaging Techniques (UCL-CNT) is very proud to announce that the winner of the 2014 Early Career Investigator in Neuroimaging Techniques Award is Dr Adam Packer.

Courtesy of Lloyd Russell, Hausser lab, UCL

As a postdoc in Michael Hausser's lab at UCL, Adam has developed a new approach for combining 2-photon imaging and 2-photon optogenetics to both read out and manipulate the activity of neural circuits in the intact mammalian brain. This has been a longstanding dream of many neuroscientists interested in using optogenetics to interrogate neural circuits during behaviour with single-cell precision. Adam's approach has just been published in a paper in the prestigious journal Nature Methods.

The method has generated a great deal of interest, both from neuroscientists and microscopy companies, and it is anticipated that many labs world-wide may be interested in implementing this approach. Reacting to the news of the award, Michael said "I'm delighted by this recognition of Adam's fantastic achievement. This 'all-optical' strategy should allow us to do some really exciting new experiments."

Congratulations to Adam for this great achievement!

Adam is the annual award's 8th winner; the award is sponsored by Brain Products GmbH and consists of a cheque for £500, trophy and certificate. We plan to present the award to Adam at a CNT event in March.