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Congratulations to Dr. Sebastian Green, MSc student in Clinical and Therapeutic Neuroscience, who won the Oxford University Pharmacology Society RapidFire Competition! 

 

For his second MSc rotation, Seb investigated the role of GABAergic inhibition in human motor learning under the supervision of Prof. Charlotte Stagg and Dr. Ioana Grigoras. He used baclofen, a GABA-B receptor agonist, to pharmacologically modulate GABAergic activity and studied how this intervention affected the way people learnt new motor tasks. Seb analysed the behavioural and neuroimaging data collected while participants were learning a finger-tapping task and found that motor sequence learning was impaired by baclofen administration. He also found that brain activity patterns during motor learning changed between baclofen and placebo conditions.

 

He presented these results and their clinical implications in a one-minute video, which won the first prize in the RapidFire Competition out of many outstanding submissions! Check out his video here!