One week in Manolis Fanto’s research group

By Rebecca Mckelvey 2016

By Wesley Tizzard   During my summer placement at Manolis Fanto’s group, under the supervision of Olga Baron in the Clinical Neuroscience department in the Maurice Wohl building, I have worked on the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration by polyglutamines, mainly using Drosophila as a model system. Specific interests were: 1) The deregulation of the autophagic […]

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The Wonders of FTCD

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by Britney Afram My supervisor (Heather Payne) works within UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Visual Communication Group, who conduct research looking at how the brain processes language in people who are born profoundly deaf. The language they use is very variable such as British Sign Language and spoken language. Looking at language processing […]

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Bees seem to be forgetting how to make the honey

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

There has been constant debate over the past decade revolving around the cause or many causes for the decline in the number of bumblebees situated in the British countryside.  Many scientists believe this decrease is caused by ubiquitous contrails which contain water vapour, carbon dioxide, oxides of sulphur and nitrogen along with metal particles such […]

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Zannatul’s placement in the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology

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Zannatul spent two weeks in the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London, in the group of Dr Martin Meyer. Here we see some of the cloning work and immunofluorescent imaging that Zannatul did whilst on his placement:

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Paul’s placement in Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology

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During my time in Professor Alasdair Gibb’s lab, I followed him and his students in their study of brain tissue, specifically NMDA receptors found on the membranes of dopamine cells. The research carried out in his lab corresponds to Parkinson’s disease, as the effects of the disease are caused by the loss of dopamine cells. […]

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Tetrodotoxin, a poster by Paul Izevbuwa

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Paul undertook a placement in UCL’s Research Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, in the group of Professor Alasdair Gibb. During his placement he got to grips with the very important skill of creating scientific posters.

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Ruvimbo’s Rainbow Mitochondria

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Ruvimbo spent two weeks in UCL’s Research Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, in the group of Prof Josef Kittler and under the supervision of Christian Covill-Cooke. We wanted to see the effect of antimycin-A on the production of  mitochondria derived vesicles (MDVs), a way to get rid of faulty mitochondia that contain ROS which […]

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Immunohistochemical detection of Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein, by Munira B

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

During my research placement at the Medical Research Centre for Developmental Neurobiology with Dr Tara Keck, I was able to take part in various experiments and techniques from electrophysiology to measure the potential difference and current of neurons, using computer software ‘Fiji’ to analyse neurons that are Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) positive in inhibitory cells and immunohistochemistry […]

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Searching for genes involved in neurodegeneration, by Rebecca E

By in2scienceuk Uncategorized

The research my laboratory focused on was finding important proteins or eliminating genes that could affect neurodegeneration. One particular disease which is focused on is dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy  (DRPLA). The mating scheme diagram you can see in the image below is a hypothetical one created as a practice for designing ones in the lab. My supervisor Catarina regularly designed the mating schemes for […]

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Making informed degree choices

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Kaarthigan tells us how his Neuroscience placement at UCL has helped him make an informed decision about his choice of degree… I had a two week placement at the Ear Institute at UCL, and I wanted to talk about the overall experience and effect it has had on the decisions I made when applying to university. […]

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