The Neuroscience Theme brings together scientists who study the nervous system at all levels, from ion channels to single cells and whole brain areas. It spans a wide range of interests including brain development, motor control, and sensory functions. This Theme promotes research into the healthy nervous system as well as various neurological conditions such as dementia, epilepsy, and stroke.
Specialties in this Theme
|CRAC||Cardiovascular, respiratory & autonomic|
|HW||Health and wellbeing|
|NDP||Neural Development and plasticity|
Mark Dallas, Associate Professor in Cellular Neuroscience, University of Reading
My research focuses on understanding cellular mechanisms of disease with a focus on neurodegeneration and the role glial cells play in disease processes. I wished to become Neuroscience Theme Lead for The Physiological Society to represent the neuroscience community and also to gain an insight into the world-leading research carried out by The Physiological Society’s Members outside my area of expertise.
Talitha Kerrigan, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Exeter
I am an applied neurophysiologist with a special interest in stem cell biology, in particular, the use of induced pluripotent stem cells as a model of neurodegenerative diseases. My research focuses on the role of neuroglia and neuro-inflammation in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. I am also interested in the development of new technologies in stem cell research.
I graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc (Hons) in Anatomical Sciences. I subsequently obtained my PhD at the University of Leeds in Neurophysiology. I then took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Bristol investigating the underlying mechanisms of stress and its impact on developing Alzheimer’s disease. I relocated to the University of Exeter where I continued my research on intrinsic mechanisms of excitability at the single cell level.
During my academic career, I have taught a wide range of undergraduate courses and I completed my postgraduate certificate in academic practice (PCAP) in 2015. More recently I was appointed as Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School.
David Menassa, Research Fellow, University of Southampton
I am a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and a stipendiary lecturer in neurophysiology and neuroscience at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. My line of research investigates the role of specific brain immunocompetent cells, known as microglia, in shaping the neurodevelopmental landscape in the human and more importantly, whether/how these cells contribute to pathology in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability.
I was appointed as Theme Lead of Neuroscience in autumn 2018. I wanted to get involved in helping develop Topic Meetings that would allow cross-over between various fields to support neurophysiological research. Another reason for my interest was that I wanted to reach out to other Members under my Theme as well as funders and the public by writing short pieces on topical issues in neuroscience.
Check out David Menassa’s latest blog for The Society: Treating autism spectrum disorders by targeting connections in the brain