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Physiological neuroimaging

The Physiological Neuroimaging Group (PiNG) is headed by Professor Charlotte Stagg and was founded in 2014.

Our group uses multimodal approaches to understand physiological changes in the brain, both in the context of learning of novel motor skills and in a range of neurological conditions. To do this we use MR Spectroscopy, MR Imaging, Magnetoencephaolography (MEG) and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation.

Ultimately we hope to understand more about how the brain adapts to new challenges, so that we can develop new adjunctive therapies for recovery. 

In addition to the people listed in the blue box on the right, our team includes:

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The Physiological Neuroimaging Group is jointly based at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, between FMRIB and OHBA

The Physiological Neuroimaging Group is part of the Neuroplastics Collaborative Network, which also includes the Plasticity Group headed by Heidi Johansen-Berg and the Action, Cognition & Neurotherapeutics Group headed by Jacinta O'Shea. The three groups work together on research projects as well as public outreach activities.

Public Engagement

The Curiosity Carnival comes to town!

PiNG researchers take part in the Curiosity Carnival across Oxford

Oxford BRC Open Day

Hundreds of people enjoy research open day at the John Radcliffe, Oxford

Brain Awareness Week 2016

Oxford Brain Awareness Week: 14-20th March 2016

New Student Run Twitter/Facebook Profiles

Follow the new student run social media profiles: The Neuroplastics

Public Engagement: Stroke Awareness Event

Report from the Stroke Awareness Event at Experimental Psychology

Group News

Breathe Oxford at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Neuroscience volunteers, including DPhil student Ioana Grigoras, presented the work of research group Breathe Oxford at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

Ioana awarded Half-Blue in Varsity match victory!

Congratulations to Ioana Grigoras, first year PhD student, on being awarded a University Half-Blue for 20m pistols! She represented both the A and Ladies teams in the 2019 Pistols Varsity match, with Oxford victorious against Cambridge!

Congratulations to our FHS medical students!

Both Rebecca Jurdon and Francesca Back have achieved First Class honours in their Medical Sciences degrees!

Professorship for Charlotte Stagg

Head of the Physiological Neuroimaging Group recognised by NDCN

Emily wins BNA competition for BrainBox Conference

DPhil Student, Emily, wins a BNA competition for tickets to the BrainBox Conference

Conferences & Papers

Published Paper: Nature Communications

"Learning to optimize perceptual decisions through suppressive interactions in the human brain" - Frangou et al. 2019

Published Paper: Journal of Physiology

"The Dynamics of Cortical GABA in Human Motor Learning" - Kolasinski, Hinson et al. 2018

PiNG Representation at BrainBox 2018

Three PiNG members present at the BrainBox Initiative Conference 2018

Published Paper: Journal of Neuroscience

"Modulating regional motor cortical excitability with non-invasive brain stimulation results in neurochemical changes in bilateral motor cortices" - Bachtiar, Johnstone et al. 2018

Published Paper: Frontiers in Endocrinology

"“Luteal Analgesia”: Progesterone Dissociates Pain Intensity and Unpleasantness by Influencing Emotion Regulation Networks" - Vincent et al. 2018

Published Paper: BioRXiv (preprint)

"The dynamics of cortical GABA in human motor learning" - Kolasinski, Hinson et al. 2018

Published Paper: Scientific Reports

"Metabolite-cycled density-weighted concentric rings k-space trajectory (DW-CRT) enables high-resolution 1 H magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging at 3-Tesla" - Steel et al. 2018

Published Paper: BioRXiv (preprint)

"Reward and punishment differentially recruit cerebellum and medial temporal lobe to facilitate skill memory retention" - Steel et al. 2018

In The Media - Links

Research featured in Andrew Marr's BBC documentary

Andrew underwent tDCS and physiotherapy in an attempt to improve his motor function

Electrical brain stimulation could support stroke recovery

"Ipsilesional anodal tDCS enhances the functional benefits of rehabilitation in patients after stroke"