Review on gliotransmission in spinal motor circuits accepted for publication

David’s review on gliotransmission in spinal motor circuits has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Neurophysiology.

Acton D. & Miles, G. B. (2017). Gliotransmission and adenosinergic modulation: insights from mammalian spinal motor networks. Journal of Neurophysiology (in press).

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Fully-funded PhD studentship available to study role of Na pumps in health and disease

We are currently looking for applicants for a new fully-funded PhD studentship to continue our work (Picton et al., J Neurosci, 2017) investigating the roles of Na pumps in healthy and MND-affected spinal neurons using human iPSC-derived neurons and animal models.

For further information see the advertisement or contact Dr Gareth Miles.

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Looking for PhD student to study human sensory neurons

The NCM lab is currently seeking applicants for a new PhD project investigating the physiology of human sensory (dorsal root ganglion) neurons.

For more info and application details go to:
http://www.eastscotbiodtp.ac.uk/validation-and-functional-characterisation-primary-sensory-neurons-derived-adult-human-dorsal-root

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NMDA receptor co-agonists and spinal circuits – paper accepted

David’s work on the roles of NMDA receptor co-agonists, D-serine and glycine, within spinal motor circuits has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Neurophysiology.

Acton D. & Miles, G. B. (2017). Differential regulation of NMDA receptors by D-serine and glycine in mammalian spinal locomotor networks.  Journal of Neurophysiology (in press).

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Na pump paper ‘featured article’ in The Journal of Neuroscience

Laurence, Filipe and Matt’s work on the role of Na pumps in spinal motor networks has been published in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuroscience where it has also been highlighted in the “This Week in the Journal” editorial section.

L.D. Picton, F. Nascimento, M.J. Broadhead, K.T. Sillar, & G.B. Miles (2017). Sodium pumps mediate activity-dependent changes in mammalian motor networks. The Journal of Neuroscience, 37(4):906-921. [Link]

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Looking for new PhD student to study MND using iPSC-based models

The NCM lab is currently seeking applicants for a PhD project associated with the new Scotland-wide SPRINT-MND/MS scheme. See below for more details about the scheme and links.

Link to specific NCM lab project here.

“Applications are now open for SPRINT-MND/MS: a new Scotland-wide PhD scheme for research into motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis. Projects, encompassing a wide range of topics including laboratory, clinical, and social sciences, are available at Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews Universities. The studentships include stipend, fees, consumables/travel and structured opportunities for patient/public engagement. The deadline for applications is 20th January 2017. For more information, see www.edneurophd.ed.ac.uk/sprint-mndms-phd-programme.”

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Sodium pumps and motor control – paper accepted

Laurence, Filipe and Matt’s work on the role of sodium pumps in mammalian spinal motor networks has just been accepted for publication in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Picton, L. D., Nascimento, F., Broadhead, M. J., Sillar, K. T., & Miles, G. B. (2016). Sodium pumps mediate activity-dependent changes in mammalian motor networks. The Journal of Neuroscience (in press).

 

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Mr G’s MND Fun Run 2016

Mr G’s MND Fun Run 2016 was another huge success and a fantastic day!  Thanks to all the runners, supporters and volunteers. And of course a massive thank you to Donald, Brynja and their families!

For more info and pictures of the day go to:  https://www.facebook.com/MrGsMND5kmFunRun/

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Mr G’s MND 5KM Fun Run – 4th September 2016

We are very excited about the upcoming fun run being organised by the amazing (and award winning) Brynja Duthie in honour of Donald Grewar. Also very humbled to have the proceeds of the fun run supporting our research into MND.

For more info go to: https://www.facebook.com/MrGsMND5kmFunRun/

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Postdoc position available

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Postdoctoral Researcher with a proven track record in neuroscience research to work on a project investigating the role of dysfunctional crosstalk between astrocytes and motoneurons in the devastating neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Gareth Miles (gbm4@st-andrews.ac.uk).

For more information and to make a formal application please follow the link below.

View the vacancy online

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