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Poster COMPETITION (2.00-4.15pm)

There will be a postgraduate poster competition held in Tingewick Hall between 2pm and 4.30pm.

Presentation of Departmental Prizes (4.30-4.45pm)

This year’s departmental prizes to be awarded are:

  • Thomas Willis Early Career Researcher Prize
  • Thomas Willis Senior Career Researcher Prize
  • NDCN Department Award for Excellence
  • NDCN Department Award for Outreach Activity

The Senior Management Group will assess applications. All prizes consist of cash, to be held in NDCN and used for suitable work-related costs.

LECTURE (4.45-5.45pm)

The Thomas Willis Lecture is the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences annual lecture. The title this year is: 'Protein aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases: untangling the tangled brain'


This year the lecture is being delivered by Maria Grazia Spillantini, Professor of Molecular Neurology at the John Van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge.

Professor Spillantini studies the molecular neuropathological features of neurodegenerative diseases and how they relate to disease pathogenesis. She was the first to identify alpha-synuclein as the major component of Lewy bodies and Lewy neuritis, the defining neuropathological features of Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. Her findings have opened up a new field, and these diseases are now often referred to as alpha-synucleinopathies. She identified one of the first mutations in the Tau gene as a cause for familial frontotemporal dementia, and has thus established that Tau dysfunction is sufficient to cause degeneration and dementia in diseases now known as tauopathies.

The day will conclude with a drinks reception from 5.45 to 6.30pm.