The MRC BNDU had its funding renewed earlier this year, and is developing its integrated approach to fundamental and translational neuroscience. NDCN as its new host department will be able to exploit existing collaborations with MRC BNDU researchers, as well as finding new ways to work together.
The MRC BNDU’s key strength is its focus on understanding and exploiting the moment-to-moment interactions between brain cells, particularly those involved in movement and memory. A deeper understanding of these circuits could help us develop interventions for when things go wrong in these brain mechanisms.
We in NDCN look forward to learning from the MRC BNDU’s exemplary approach to public engagement, staff development, data sharing and working with industry.
The Unit, led by Professor Peter Brown, will continue to have its main physical base next to the Department of Pharmacology on Mansfield Road. This will help to consolidate our foothold ‘down the hill’, first established by our Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, which is currently located in the Dunn School of Pathology.
Find out more at www.mrcbndu.ox.ac.uk/