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Nomination for ABN Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer are now open. Please do consider if you could stand, or could encourage a colleague to stand for these important roles.

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Previous Fellows

Dr Louisa Kent                  Dr Alex Nesbitt                    Dr Anna Sadnicka                  Dr Anais Thouin

  

Louisa Kent

  Dr Louisa Kent

    Patrick Berthoud CharitableTrust / ABN Clinical Fellow

    University of Oxford

 

 

 

Motor neurone disease is currently untreatable and in most cases progresses rapidly, with death from respiratory failure within a couple of years of onset. In order to find effective treatments it is critical to produce good laboratory models.  I am studying the pathogenesis of motor neurone disease by investigating the effects of disease-causing mutations in the FUS gene, which is known to be the cause of MND in a minority of patients. Observing the effects of mutant FUS protein on cultured cells, including motor neurones, can help us to gain insight into the events in the cell which lead to degeneration in human disease.

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 Alex Nesbitt

  Dr Alex Nesbitt

   Patrick Berthoud CharitableTrust / ABN Clinical Fellow

   University of Surrey and King's College, London

 

 

I was awarded a clinical research fellowship by the Patrick Berthoud Charitable Trust, which allowed me to take 3 years out of programme, formulating my own research proposal investigating sleep and headache disorders. It has enabled me to gain the research skills required to dynamically measure and record human sleep and biological rhythms. In parallel, I have been able to develop my clinical training in sleep medicine. The fellowship has enabled me to participate in
wider educational activities, such as a visiting scholarship programme to ETH Zurich, funded by the European Sleep Research Society.

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Anna Sadnicka

  Dr Anna Sadnicka

   Guarantors of BRAIN / ABN Clinical Fellow

   Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorder

   UCL Institute of Neurology, London

 

I was offered a Clinical Research Training Fellowship in 2010 at the mid point of my clinical registrar training. I am exploring the role of the cerebellum in the pathophysiology of dystonia using a variety of research techniques including non invasive brain stimulation, robotics and brain imaging under the supervision of Dr Mark Edwards and Prof John Rothwell. In particular we are critically examining the potential of the cerebellum as a new neuroanatomical target in the treatment of dystonia. In addition to my research I greatly value the excellent clinical apprenticeship in movement disorders I receive due to the close collaboration with the clinical team at Queen Square. I am extremely grateful to the Guarantors of Brain, my grant providers, and the ABN for mediating the award. The fellowship provided the perfect springboard into what will hopefully be a fruitful career in academic neurology.

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Anais Thouin

   Dr Anais Thouin

     Guarantors of BRAIN / ABN Clinical Fellow

     University of Newcastle

 

Two years into my neurology training I stepped out of programme to study for a PhD. My research project investigates the effect of anti-NMDA receptor antibodies from patients with NMDA receptor encephalitis, on EEG rhythms known to be relevant to learning and memory. Patients develop severe memory impairment during this auto-immune illness. I use an animal model oscillatory network to examine the effects of the antibodies on network properties in medial temporal lobe
structures as well as on individual nerve cells in the network. I thereby hope to gain a better understanding of the role played by these antibodies in NMDA receptor encephalitis, as well as their mechanism of action. 

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News

Nomination for ABN Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer are now open. Please do consider if you could stand, or could encourage a colleague to stand for these important roles.

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Events

Save the date Wednesday 9 - Friday 11 May 2018.

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