Over 100 Bristol brains come together to talk Neuroscience
16 September 2019
On 13 September 2019 the Bristol Neuroscience Research Network hosted a showcase to share the latest in brain research at Bristol University and to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations. The event, which had over 130 registered delegates, welcomed 14 new members and provided a space to present their research, explaining its importance and the longer-term benefits it will bring to society.
The Bristol Neuroscience Research Network, supported by Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, is helping to advance world-leading research into the fundamental science of the brain and nervous system. Bristol Neuroscience represents a large, diverse neuroscience community at Bristol, with an excellent international reputation.
The projects showcased included: Harriet Ball, a clinician working in dementia, trying to improve diagnoses and treatments for mild cognitive impairment; Paul Chadderton, a neurophysiologist, who is looking into sensory inputs and how this affects movement and motor learning; and Stephen Montgomery, a natural scientist who studies the evolution of the brain.
We also learned about sleep and how the lack of it changes the structure of brain cells, how neurodegeneration can help measure the progression of Parkinson’s disease, and the mechanisms involved in controlling short-term memories, to name but a few more.
New Neuroscience hubs
The Bristol Neuroscience Director, Matt Jones, kicked the event off with a warm welcome to all who attended and proceeded to highlight the amazing work being conducted at the University of Bristol and the passion of the researchers pursuing knowledge in the lab and in the clinic. He also introduced the proposed research structure for the community going forward, namely the creation of four research ‘hubs’ focussing on the very broad areas of:
- mental health
- mood and memory
These interdisciplinary hubs each have a leader who, with the help of a small team, will identify research strengths in their respective areas and bring together expertise from across Faculties to address pressing societal needs such as mental health issues in younger people and finding better treatments for dementia sufferers and their families.