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Boosting the brain

01 November 2010

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Young University neuroscientists head to Bristol this week (Thursday 4th November) for a unique event offering a career-boosting chance for young clinicians and academics interested in the brain.

The Young Neuroscientists’ Day is a one-day gathering, hosted jointly with Bristol University through the Bristol-Cardiff Neuroscience Collaboration, which builds on the success and popularity of previous events for young clinicians and academics interested in the brain.

Dr Vanessa Davies, Manager of the University’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, and co-organizer of this event said: "Scientists just starting out in their careers will get the chance to meet with peers from across the country, discuss all aspects of neuroscience, attend workshops, and practice presenting their own research, enabling them to gain essential skills which will stand them in good stead for becoming the country’s future neuroscientists.

"Events like this offer a real opportunity our aspiring scientists to get ahead of the game – which I warmly welcome."

Social anxiety, cell biology, childhood depression, dementia, excessive alcohol consumption and cognitive psychology are all socially and scientifically significant issues that will be explored during the only meeting of its kind in the UK.

Other talks and sessions will focus on bipolar disorder, brain repair, human hypertension and cerebral artery stenosis, neurological and psychiatric disorders, cellular neuroscience and cognitive processes.

Providing inspiration in his own right will be Professor David Nutt who will deliver the British Pharmacological Society guest lecture. The former government drugs advisor who publicly criticised drug policy will offer his reflections on a career in science and medicine.

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