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Professor Seralynne Vann

Professor Seralynne Vann

Professor

School of Psychology

Email
vannsd@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6253
Campuses
Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Research summary

My main area of interest is understanding how our brains support memory and how these processes can break down in the cases of amnesia and dementia. A particular interest is how regions beyond the hippocampal formation contribute to memory with a specific focus of midbrain and medial diencephalic regions as well as the retrosplenial cortex. Our work has highlighted the importance of ascending projections from the midbrain and medial diencephalon for normal memory function. My research group uses a comparative approach to address the key question and a multi-level analysis ranging from cellular-level processes to behaviour. We use a number of convergent techniques including in vivo imaging, immunohistochemistry, lesions/inactivations/ electrophysiology, MR imaging, neuropsychology.

Undergraduate education

1997  BSc University of Sussex, Experimental Psychology

Postgraduate education

2001 Ph.D. Cardiff University, Thesis: Neural Systems Underlying Spatial Memory
Supervisor: Professor John Aggleton
MRC Studentship

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Funding

Cardiff University Incoming Visiting Fellows & International Collaboration Seedcorn 2016-17, (£5,500); Research collaboration in Copenhagen. 

Welsh Government Equipment Grant “Miniature microscopes to image neuronal ensembles in models of neuropsychiatric disorders”,£210,000, 2015 (Riccardo Brambilla, Vincenzo Crunelli, Frank Sengpiel, Mark Good, Jeremy Hall, John Aggleton, Kerrie Thomas)

BBSRC Research Grant “Stimulus processing and control by the retrosplenial cortex” (John Aggleton and Frank Sengpiel) £443,200; 3 years from 1st October 2014.

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship  “Importance of mammillary body connections for memory”, (£1,383,509;   January 2011-November 2018).

BBSRC Research Grant “Testing 'translator' versus 'integrator' models of  retrosplenial cortex function” (£250,000, 3 years from 1st January  2011)

Wellcome Trust “Cellular substrates supporting the mnemonic functions of  Papez’ circuit” (John Aggleton, Shane O’Mara, Jonathan  Erichsen, £205,032; 3 years from 1st November 2010)

Wellcome Trust Research Grant “Why  are there parallel hippocampal – diencephalic pathways for event memory” (John  Aggleton, Shane O’Mara, Jonathan Erichsen, £297,015; 3 years from 1st  April 2007).

BBSRC Research Grant “Identifying the roles  of the granular and dysgranular retrosplenial cortices in spatial memory”  (Principal Investigator; £278,845; 3 years from 1st December 2005).

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship, £377,602  (January 2005-December 2009).

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkins Fellowship  (awarded in 2004 but not taken up).

BBSRC Equipment Grant  “Multidisciplinary core facility for microscopic image analysis and  three-dimensional stereology”  (Dr JT  Erichsen, Prof M Boulton, Dr J Guggenheim, Dr J Morgan, Dr A Quantock, Prof T  Wess, Prof J Aggleton, Prof S Killcross, Dr S Vann, Prof V Crunelli, Prof K  Fox;  £69,864, awarded 1/1/06).

Research group

Current researchers based in Cardiff University include:
Dr Beth Coad

Dr Chris Dillingham

Dr Beth Frost

Dr Michal Milczarek

Dr James Perry
Mrs Heather Philliips