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We are grateful for the support of current work by:

  • Aligning Science Across Parkinson's
  • Parkinson's UK
  • The Medical Research Council
  • The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Resarch Council
  • National Science Foundation USA
  • The Wellcome Trust

Stephanie Cragg

MA DPhil

Professor of Neuroscience

My laboratory focuses on understanding dopamine neurotransmission in the brain, particularly in the basal ganglia. We seek to improve understanding of underlying mechanisms, their regulation and dysfunction in neurodegenerative and other brain disorders, particularly Parkinson's disease, and addiction, as well as to gain insights for novel therapeutic avenues. We are a founding group of the Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre (OPDC).

I studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, followed by a DPhil at the University of Oxford Department of Pharmacology as a Mary Goodger Scholar. I held Junior Research Fellowships from Oxford and was a Beit Fellow, based at the University Department of Pharmacology, Oxford, with stints at New York University Departments of Physiology and Biophysics, and Neurosurgery, and at the University of North Carolina Department of Chemistry. I joined the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics in 2006 through a joint appointment as University Lecturer and Tutor for Medicine at Christ Church. In 2014, I became Professor of Neuroscience.

I am a program lead for an international research collaboration supported by the Aligning Science Across Parkinson's Collaborative Research Network. I serve on the Parkinson's UK College of Experts Panel, on the Editorial Advisory Board for ACS Chemical Neuroscience, on the Scientific Advisory Board for the International Society for Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience and on the Editorial Board for Addiction Neuroscience. I was previously an Associate Editor at npj Parkinson's Disease, and in 2018, was chair of 17th International Conference on Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience held in Oxford.

I serve on DPAG's committe for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

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