Our latest: Exercise prevents IFN-α-induced mood and cognitive dysfunction and increases BDNF expression in the rat

Exercise prevents IFN-α-induced mood and cognitive dysfunction and increases BDNF expression in the rat Charlotte K. Callaghan , Jennifer Rouine, Shane M. O’Mara Highlights Treadmill running prevented IFN-α-induced anxiety- and depressive-like behavior in the open field test and forced swim test. Treadmill running prevented IFN-α-induced impairment in spatial memory in the object exploration task compared. Treadmill… Read More

Our latest paper (OA): The claustrum – Considerations regarding its anatomy, functions and a programme for research

The claustrum: Considerations regarding its anatomy, functions and a programme for research [OPEN ACCESS – DOWNLOAD] Christopher M. Dillingham, Maciej M. Jankowski, Ruchi Chandra, Bethany E. Frost and Shane M. O’Mara Abstract The claustrum is a highly conserved but enigmatic structure, with connections to the entire cortical mantle, as well as to an extended and… Read More

Science Gallery Dublin: Before The Story So Far

Originally posted on Ian Brunswick – On Science and Culture:
The Story So Far is the title of Science Gallery Dublin’s continually-evolving video summary of its evolution to date (latest version viewable here). This essay covers the years before it all began, principally 2006 and 2007, and investigates why and how Science Gallery came to…

New thinking required: the end of oil (what of cars, pedestrians and walking)?

Here’s a startling article by Seth Miller, predicting the end of oil for energy use, because of electric car technology. A combination of few moving parts, and extreme battery efficiency, is giving rise to a new generation of cars with expected lives of up to forty or fifty years and capable of running a million miles.… Read More

From Mosaic: How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale

How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale Slipping in the shower, tripping down the stairs, taking a tumble in the supermarket – falls kill over 420,000 people per year and hospitalise millions more. We can’t eliminate all falls, says Neil Steinberg. So we must to learn to fall better. Alcides Moreno… Read More

Building Resilient Organisations, One Brain at a Time (1)

Resilience is defined by the American Psychological Association as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress.” Both people and organisations can be resilient – and it is through people, and stress-tested processes that organisations can learn to be resilient in the face of adversity.… Read More

Pls RT: Postdoctoral Fellowship available immediately in behavioural neurophysiology

Description Postdoctoral Fellowship available immediately in behavioural neurophysiology Available immediately to work on the electrophysiology of the claustrum in the freely-moving rat. There is almost nothing known about the claustrum, and therefore great scientific scope for a motivated and dedicated candidate. Experience of electrophysiology is required for the successful candidate. Read: Dynamics of place, boundary… Read More

Brain for Business 2017

Brain for Business 2017 I am delighted to be speaking at the next Brain for Business event taking place in Dublin on 8th September, 2017 (see www.brainforbusiness.ie and @brainforbiz for more information). This will be a great event with super speakers focused on brain, behaviour and business, providing up-to-date lessons for you and your organisation. There are some places still available. What… Read More