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The anterior thalamus: memory and attention

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    Prof J Aggleton
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Project Description

How do brain circuits support different but complementary aspects of event memory? The answer lies in distributed networks across the medial temporal lobe, prefrontal cortex and parietal cortex. Via their widespread connectivity, nuclei within the rostral thalamus support these memory networks. Indeed, one group (the anterior thalamic nuclei) forms the backbone of the ‘extended hippocampal system’, thought to be vital for episodic memory. We know remarkably little, however, about the nature of anterior thalamic information and how it impacts upon memory. In order to study this brain region The Wellcome Trust have funded a collaborative Senior Investigator Award (‘The cognitive thalamus: more than a relay’). This award, which concerns the functions of these sites in the rodent brain, provides the background for the research to be conducted during the studentship.

For further information please email John Aggleton: [email protected]

Funding Notes

The studentship will commence in October 2016, and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2015-16 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £14,057 per annum. As well as tuition fees and maintenance grant, you will receive a participant allowance of £300 per annum, and conference funding (£100 in Year 1, £600 in Years 2 and 3).
The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities to support anatomical, behavioural, and imaging techniques with rodents.


Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals, and EU students. International students will typically be eligible for a UK/EU equivalent award only.
School studentship funding is highly competitive. In view of the limited number of awards and the very high standard of applications received, successful applicants are likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent).

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