Congratulation to Dr Peter Murphy, winner of the NSI Early Career Investigator Award 2020. Peter will present his research at the NSI Young Investigator Symposium on November 6th. Registration remains open for the symposium (click here) and we encourage you attend to hear this and the many other exciting and interesting talks.
Peter studies ways in which human cognition is shaped by the brain’s arousal systems, with an emphasis on the computations that support decision-making. This line of work started during his PhD at Trinity College Dublin (2009–2012) where he assessed the utility of pupil diameter as a non-invasive proxy for the activity of neuromodulatory systems, and continued through his postdoc work at Leiden University (2012–2015) and University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (2015–present) where he used psychophysics, modelling, pharmacology and various neuroimaging methods to examine how we adapt our decision-making to different contexts. He has also worked on error detection and cognitive control; and will soon begin a Marie Curie Fellowship back at Trinity College to investigate commonalities between decision-making and working memory, and shared mechanisms for their decline in old age.
The Young Neuroscience Symposium 2020 will be held online on the 6th November.
There is an excellent line up of talks from established and early career neuroscientists which promises to make this and exciting symposium.
The key not lecture will be given by Prof. Federico Calegari, Professor at the Center for Regenerative Therapy, Germany who will talk about “Giving more neurons to the brain, from the womb to the grave”
Congratulations to PhD student, Fiona Martyn, from Dr Dara Cannon’s research team at NUI Galway who won the “ECNP’s Got Talent” contest at the 33rd European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference which was held online from 12-15th September.
You can read Fiona’s full report on the event, and her fantastic win, here.
Fiona began her PhD in NUI Galway’s Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory in September 2018. Her PhD research uses in vivo neuroimaging techniques to investigate the relationship between alterations in the structure and function of the brain, and moderate and binge alcohol use in bipolar disorder.
Fiona has a BSc Psychology with Neuropsychology from Bangor University, North Wales. She has previously worked as a Youth Outreach Alcohol and Other Drugs counsellor in Melbourne, Australia, and as a Drug Diversion Alcohol and Other Drugs Counsellor in rural Australia.
Check out the NSI August newsletter here for some of the key activities NSI has been involved in over the past few months including the support of 13 young Irish Neuroscientists to present their work at the FENS 2020 virtual forum, 3 NSI members have been elected to prominent FENS committee roles and the NSI Young Investigator Symposium is now open for registration and abstract submissions.
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