One of the biggest challenges facing the biological sciences is to understand how brains can give rise to minds. The goal of the Division is to explore the properties of nerve cells at a fundamental level. What are the mechanisms that determine the special abilities of nerve cells to rapidly transmit and process information? What are the rules by which communication between small numbers of nerve cells in the intact brain gives rise to simple behaviours? What are the molecular processes that lead to common dementias and movement disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease?
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- Anne Bertolotti - Misfolded proteins: deposition and cure
- Tiago Branco - Synaptic integration in circuits controlling innate behaviour
- Michel Goedert - Molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration
- Ingo Greger - Glutamate-gated ion channels: biogenesis and trafficking
- Michael Hastings - Molecular neurobiology of circadian timing
- Gregory Jefferis - Olfactory perception in the fruit fly
- Leon Lagnado - Synaptic transmission in the visual system of zebrafish
- Harvey McMahon - Sculpting cell membranes
- Marco Tripodi - Neural circuitry of action: from spatial perception to motor integration.
- Nigel Unwin - Nicotinic acetylcholine receptor