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Posted in Awards & Appointments on 11th Dec 2012

ENCALS Young Investigator Award

The ENCALS Young Investigator Award was presented to Dr Martin Turner from Oxford University for work over several years developing a theme of loss of cortical inhibitory (interneuronal) influence in ALS pathogenesis, using PET, TMS and advanced MRI. Dr Turner gave a short presentation ‘Faulty brakes: is there a fundamental loss of inhibition in ALS?’.

The European Network for the Cure of ALS inaugurated the prestigious Young Investigator Award in 2011. The prestigious Young Investigator Award is given to the delegate who, in the opinion of the panel, has generated research that is most outstanding or innovative. Criteria include any or all of novelty, challenge to existing ideas about ALS, results with patient benefit, and impact on the understanding of ALS.

The annual meeting was held in Dublin this year (May 25th-27th), hosted by Professor Orla Hardiman.

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Professor John Aggleton elected Fellow of Royal Society for memory research

Breakthroughs on the physical structure of memory has won a Cardiff academic one of the highest honours in world science.

Professor John Aggleton has been elected a Fellow for his neuroscientific work which has widely expanded understanding of how memory is stored in the brain.

Cardiff University’s School of Psychology now has two Fellows of the Society, the oldest scientific community in continuous existence.

Professor Aggleton joined the School in 1994. When he started his research, ideas about how day-to-day events are remembered were heavily focussed on one part of the brain called the hippocampus. Professor Aggleton’s highly influential research has revealed the roles of other brain structures to create a far more comprehensive picture of how different types of memory are formed and recalled.

He said: “The point of the research is to understand what happens when memory breaks down. I’ve shown that we can’t tackle these questions just by looking at the hippocampus. There is a long way to go, but we must look at the complex interplay between structures if we are to understand problems like amnesia.”

Professor Aggleton is now working on exactly how the structures he has indentified, in the diencephalon and medial temporal lobe, work together to ensure memory function.

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