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Sherrington Talks are organised at the end of Trinity Term each year and presented by DPAG graduate students in their third year of DPhil research study.

The Sherrington Talks 2015 took place in the Large Lecture Theatre, Sherrington Building, on Friday 26th June and were followed by Prize Giving and Happy Hour reception in the Sherrington Library.

Professor Shankar Srinivas, DPAG Director of Graduate Studies, gave the introductory speech and Professor Peter Robbins, Head of Department, awarded the prizes at the end of the day.

There were 21 talks organised into four sessions and Dr Amy Hammond-Kenny, Jennifer Millar, Michael Seh Ho Song and Sharon Ruane, second year DPhil students in the Department, chaired the sessions.

1st Prize

Nicky Huskens, Buckler Group

Effects of volatile anaesthetics and breathing stimulants on oxygen sensing in carotid body.


2nd Prize

Sarah Finnegan, Parker Group

Ultra-high resolution fMRI of the visual cortex.



Joshua Gold, Bajo Lorenzana & King Groups

Optogenetic silencing of the ferret primary auditory cortex in a behaviourally- and physiologically-relevant  model of lesion-induced tinnitus


James Cooke, King & Shnupp Groups

Neural circuitry underlying contrast gain control in primary auditory cortex