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Thomas Willis (1621 - 1675) 400th Birthday - Erica Charters in conversation with Zoltán Molnár

General Research

Professor Zoltán Molnár talks to Dr Erica Charters for a History of Medicine perspective on Oxford physician and Father of Neurology Thomas Willis.

Thomas Willis 400th anniversary trailer

General Research

On 27 January 2021 we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of the greatest neuroanatomist of all time, Thomas Willis. DPAG's Professor Zoltán Molnár has interviewed 8 experts - watch a video preview of what's to come from Monday onwards! With thanks to St John's College.

Earliest origins of the forming heart identified

Cardiac Theme Postdoctoral Publication Research

The earliest known progenitor of the outermost layer of the heart has been characterised for the first time and linked to the development of other critical cell types in the developing heart in a new paper from the Srinivas group led by BHF Immediate Fellow Dr Richard Tyser.

New Nanoscience Institute to advance physiology research in Oxford

Head of Department's News

A new institute for nanoscience research is to open in Oxford thanks to a $10 million gift from The Kavli Foundation, the ground floor of which will be home to cutting-edge new research avenues across the six themes of DPAG.

Lukas Krone to represent Oxford at the Global Young Scientists Summit

Awards and Honours EDI News Head of Department's News Students Vyazovskiy Group News

Congratulations are in order for Dr Lukas Krone who is one of just five University of Oxford researchers selected to attend the Global Young Scientists Summit 2021.

Covid-19 lung damage identified in study

Postdoctoral Research

In a new study into the longer-term damage amongst patients recovering from COVID-19, DPAG Research Fellow Dr James Grist of the Tyler Lab has been running a novel scanning technique that shows a dramatic decrease in the ability of the lungs to diffuse gas in to the blood stream after COVID infection. This work may shed light on the problem of breathlessness after COVID infection and help guide us in understanding therapeutic selection and efficacy.

A clue to how a memory-enhancing pill might work

CNCB Publication Research

Hundreds of dietary supplements have been reported to improve cognitive and emotional function in humans, but few have scientific foundation. A new study from the Waddell group provides fresh insight into how dietary Magnesium supplementation can influence memory performance.

New MRI technique could detect early signs of heart failure in cancer patients following chemotherapy

Cardiac Theme Postdoctoral Publication Research

New research led by Oxford BHF CRE Intermediate Transition Fellow Dr Kerstin Timm shows that a recently developed imaging technique pioneered by the Tyler Group can detect early metabolic changes in the heart caused by a commonly used chemotherapy drug, which is known to increase risk of heart failure in cancer survivors.

Two major BHF awards to Neil Herring pave the way to new treatments for heart attack patients

Awards and Honours Cardiac Theme

Associate Professor Neil Herring has been awarded a Senior Clinical Research Fellowship and a Project grant from the British Heart Foundation to further critical research into the mechanisms behind heart attacks and heart failure and potential drugs to combat them. Given the 50% reduction in research investment this year from the BHF due to the impact of COVID-19, Prof Herring is to be congratulated on these awards.

Pawel Swietach becomes Professor Pawel Swietach

Awards and Honours Head of Department's News

Congratulations are in order to Pawel Swietach on his conferral of the title of full Professor. Research in the Swietach Lab is driven by an interest in how biological processes are affected by chemical acidity.

MRC Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship awarded to Samira Lakhal-Littleton

Awards and Honours Cardiac Theme EDI News Lakhal-Littleton Group News

Congratulations are in order for Associate Professor Samira Lakhal-Littleton, who has been awarded a Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship by the Medical Research Council to further her lab's work exploring the implications of the cardiac hepcidin/ferroportin axis for the management of iron deficiency in heart failure.

Researchers reveal surprising simplicity behind our ability to hear

Postdoctoral Publication Research Students

A computational modelling study from the King Group demonstrates that the way sounds are transformed from the ear to the brain’s auditory cortex may be simpler than expected. These findings not only highlight the value of computational modelling for determining the principles underlying neural processing, but could also be useful for improving treatments for patients with hearing loss.

100 Years of Oxford Degrees for Women

EDI News Students

Meet four of DPAG's female graduate students as the department joins celebrations for the Centenary of women making history at Oxford.

New insights into mitochondria quality control could hold the key to treating metabolic disorders

Publication Research Students

The Zaccolo Group has identified a new mechanism that regulates mitochondria quality control, a process that is crucial to maintaining healthy cells and preventing disease.

‘Junk’ DNA could be rewiring our brains

Postdoctoral Publication Research

A new study by Waddell Group Neuroscientists at the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour shows that mobile genetic elements that were active in the genomes of our ancestors could be closely linked to important functions in our brain and might help diversify our behaviour, cognition and emotions.

Dayne Beccano-Kelly awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

Awards and Honours EDI News OPDC News Postdoctoral

New Future Leaders Fellow Dr Beccano-Kelly will lead research into synaptic health over time in neurodegeneration. Watch our video interview with Dayne to find out more about his career to date, successful application and future plans.

Professor Dame Frances Ashcroft receives Society for Endocrinology's highest accolade

Awards and Honours EDI News

Professor Dame Frances Ashcroft has been presented with the 2020 Dale Medal from the leading institution known as the UK home of endocrinology.

Lukas Krone honoured by the World Sleep Society

Awards and Honours EDI News Students Vyazovskiy Group News

Congratulations are in order for Lukas Krone, who has been presented the 2020 Christian Guilleminault Young Investigator Award by the World Sleep Society.

The transient blueprint of the brain

Publication Research

Transient neurones match the spontaneous and sensory driven activities to shape cortical circuits: a landmark collaborative review published in Science from Professor Zoltán Molnár, Professor Patrick Kanold and Professor Heiko Luhmann.

Renewal of Athena SWAN Silver award for DPAG

EDI News Head of Department's News

Head of Department Professor David Paterson announces the renewal of DPAG's Athena SWAN Silver award for the department's commitment to an inclusive and diverse working environment and the progression of the careers of women in science.

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