Professor Seralynne Vann
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.
1997 BSc University of Sussex, Experimental Psychology
2001 Ph.D. Cardiff University, Thesis: Neural Systems Underlying Spatial Memory
Supervisor: Professor John Aggleton
Invited symposium talk at the Forum of European Neurosciences, Amsterdam, July 2010.
Invited symposium talk at Federation of European Societies of Neuropsychology, September, 2010
Invited symposium talk at the British Neuroscience Association national meeting, Liverpool, April 2009.
Invited symposium talk for the opening of the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, UCL, December 2008.
Invited departmental talk at School of Psychology, Oxford University, October 2008.
Invited symposium talk at British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience conference, Swansea, September 2008.
Invited symposium talk at European Brain and Behaviour Society, Trieste, Italy, September 2007.
Invited symposium talk at International Society of Behavioral Neuroscience, St Kitts, Caribbean, 2005.
Invited Reviewer for the Following Journals/Grant Bodies
European Journal of Neuroscience
Behavioural Brain Research
Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
BBSRC Animal Sciences grant application
Wellcome Trust grant application
Panel member for Norwegian Research Council (Neurobiology panel)
Doctora Viva Voce Examinations
Sze Chai Kwok, Psychology Department, Oxford University (supervisor Dr Mark Buckley; Internal examiner Prof David Gaffan). October 2008.
David Bett, Psychology, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling (supervisor Dr Paul Dudchenko); December 2011.
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).
Current researchers based in Cardiff University include:
Dr Beth Coad
Professor John Aggleton, Cardiff University
Professor Shane O’Mara, Trinity College, Dublin
Professor Frank Sengpiel, Cardiff University
Dr Mike O’Sullivan, Cardiff University