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Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab


A major problem facing all societies is the growing burden of chronic diseases, including mental illness and neurodegenerative diseases, in an ageing population. The currently predominating component of our research program is centred around understanding and treating the broad-ranging cognitive impairments associated with a number of neurodegenerative diseases.


People specializing in this area

Dr Johan   Alsio
My main research interest is the cognitive control over behaviour in health and disease. I am currently studying the neurobiological basis of cognitive flexibility in the intact brain and in preclinical models of schizophrenia.
Dr Pedro  Bekinschtein
I'm interested in the neurobiological mechanisms involved in pattern separation, the computational process by which the brain makes similar representations of events more dissimilar or less confusable. I use a combination of pharmacology, brain stainings
Professor Tim  Bussey
Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience
Fellow of Pembroke College
+44 (0)1223 333585
PhD student, co-supervised with Roger Barker. 2007-2012.
Dr Chris  Heath
I am interested in understanding how pathology-related molecular and cellular changes in defined neuronal circuits affect behaviour and cognition in Alzheimer's Disease.
Dr Alexa  Horner
Cognitive characterisation of genetic models of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases which affect cognition, using a battery of touchscreen tests.
 Brianne  Kent
The role of plasticity-related mechanisms in the perirhinal cortex and hippocampus during pattern separation.
Dr Chi Hun  Kim
Screening and translation of novel therapeutics from the bench to dementia patients using cognitive tasks optimised for use in both disease models and humans.
 Daniel  Kofink
Visiting MSc student from Utrecht University, September 2011 - May 2012.
Research Associate 2010-2012. Now at Nature.
Dr Adam  Mar
Working on the development and validation of a cognitive test battery for schizophrenia as part of the NEWMEDS project.
 Katie  McAllister
PhD student 2008-2012. Development and validation of preclinical touchscreen tasks for the assessment of cognitive impairments present in schizophrenia. Now at The Boston Consulting Group (London Office).
Dr Charlotte  Oomen
I am very interested in how learning and memory processes change in conditions of psychopathology such as schizophrenia and stress. My research focusses on the neurobiology and anatomy underlying paired associate learning (PAL), and spatial working memory
Professor Lisa  Saksida
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Fellow of Newnham College
+44 (0)1223 765207
 Jytte  van Huijstee
Visiting Bachelor's student from University of Amsterdam, March - June 2012.