GW4 Early Career Neuroscientists Network to Success

June 24, 2019

The GW4 Early Career Neuroscientist Day (GW4 ECND) returned this year offering researchers from Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter the opportunity to discuss best practice, share experiences and hear directly from experts in their field.

The event is specially designed by and for those in the early stages of their neuroscience career, with talks and breakout sessions focusing on a wide range of topics from scientific techniques to alternative careers and cognitive neuroscience to the future of neuroscience.

This year nearly 100 delegates attended the event, including speakers and exhibitors, held at the University of Exeter on 17 June 2019.

Plenary lectures were delivered by Professor Emma Robinson from the University of Bristol exploring neuropsychological mechanisms of antidepressant drug action using a novel rodent model; Professor Anthony Isles from Cardiff University who spoke about Genomic imprinting; and Professor Katie Lunnon, recipient of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Young Investigator of the Year Award, from the University of Exeter who spoke about the Epigenetics of Alzheimer’s disease.

Professor Anthony Isles, Professor of Molecular & Behavioural Neuroscience, Cardiff University said: “The GW4 ECND 2019 was an excellent day of neuroscience, with a range of talks and opportunities for early career neuroscientists to present their work and interact with colleagues. It is amazing to think the whole day was organised by the students themselves – long may it continue!”

The event highlighted some of the excellent facets of research occurring across GW4 and provided the exciting forum to promote collaboration in the neuroscience research sphere. During the event, attendees enjoyed a varied range of research posters as students presented their neuroscience projects and key findings. The winning poster came from PhD student Erica Brady, University of Exeter showcasing her work on hippocampal-prefrontal synchrony in APP knock-in mice.

Jenny Imm, a GW4 ECND committee member and PhD student at the University of Exeter said: “It was very rewarding to see up and coming neuroscientists get together not only to hear from established researchers but also to give them a platform to present their own work. Events like this help to create a network of bright researchers able to collaborate and develop the skills they require for being a successful neuroscientist. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the day’s success and I am looking forward to the next event.”

Dr Sarah Perkins, GW4 Director said: “I would like to thank all the committee members for their hard work and dedication. This event is a great example of what can be achieved by GW4 students working together and a model we would like to see replicated in other areas.”