B-Neuro at BAP 2018
All photographs courtesy of BAP
Jo hands over the President's medal to Allan Young of King's.
Jo will be Past President until 2020.
Jo and some of the team at the reception, before the Gala Dinner.
Ben Netherwood (2nd from left) and Lucy Farrow (far right) receive their awards for Best Undergraduate Poster from Mitul Mehta, BAP Meetings Secretary (2nd from right).
Jo accepts the BAP Public Communications award on behalf of Antonio Gonzalez, who couldn't attend.
Harry Potter (middle) accepts his poster prize from Mitul Mehta (2nd from right).
Antonio Gonzalez wins yet more awards!
“I am thrilled to have been awarded the BPS student contribution to pharmacology prize and the BAP junior public communication prize.
“During my time at b-neuro, I carried out a study investigating the effects of exercise on cognition in a rodent model of relevance to schizophrenia. Over the past few years, I have had the pleasure of contributing this work to various national scientific conferences, during which I gained an appreciation of the importance and merits of improving my ability to communicate science to audiences of all educational backgrounds.
“I am excited to further my contributions to science over time, as I continue my studies and begin my career.”
B-Neuro at BAP 2018
b-neuro staff and students will be presenting our cutting-edge research at the British Association for Psychopharmacology meeting in London on 22-25th July.
We will be presenting research on further development of our sub-chronic PCP model for schizophrenia:
- from spatial memory deficits and non-spatial memory deficits
- novel drug target efficacy
- in-depth electrophysiological analysis revealing communication deficits between prefrontal cortex and hippocampus
In our new neurodevelopmental model of maternal immune activation we show:
- disruption in placental biology
- maternal behaviour and offspring communication
- reduced parvalbumin and cognitive deficits emerging in mature adulthood
- a two-hit model with THC in adolescence
Street Drugs in the Northern Powerhouse
In March this year, Jo organised a one-day symposium for the public on street drugs: “Street Drugs in the Northern Powerhouse: Perspective & Policy”, where we heard from experts in the field about ground-breaking work on harm reduction and the argument for regulation of street drugs.
Find out more from the following links:
- Jo's write-up of the event for the BAP Blog
- The Big Issue write-up
- An article written by former undercover police officer, Neil Woods
- David Nutt’s talk on YouTube
b-neuro prize winners!
Hager Kowash is a b-neuro supported PhD student and University of Manchester (UoM) President’s Scholar. Her work focuses on the maternal foetal interface in our maternal immune activation (mIA) model. She is investigating the placental and yolk sac response to mIA and its subsequent role and interaction with the developing fetal brain. Our overall aim is to understand the mechanisms that underlie the neurobiology of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as schizophrenia, in later life.
- Hager gave an oral presentation last September at the International Federation of Placental associations (IFPA) conference, receiving a Harold Fox New Investigator Award for her abstract.
- At the UoM Postgraduate Summer Research Showcase 2018, she won the people’s choice award for her postgraduate research image.
- Hager has been awarded travel grants from the Society of Reproduction and Fertility (SRF) and UoM President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) scheme to attend IFPA 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, where she has been selected to receive a Y.W. (Charlie) Loke Award for Early Career Researchers based on her abstract submission.
Top Poster for Harry Potter
“I was delighted to win the prize for best poster at the School of Biological Sciences showcase day, on Friday 12th January.
“My poster presented data on placental gene expression in a rodent model for schizophrenia, as a part of my PhD project.
“The project forms part of a cross-faculty collaboration between the Divisions of Evolution & Genomic Sciences, Pharmacy & Optometry, and Developmental Biology & Medicine.”
See his poster.
Antonio Gonzalez wins the Dom Spina Prize
Bath placement student Antonio Gonzalez won the Veritas Pharma Inc. Dom Spina Prize, at the recent British Pharmacological Society meeting.
The award was for one of the best late-breaking abstracts, for his exercise project, conducted at b-neuro.
See his poster.