June is here and it is officially the Pride Month. So let’s celebrate and work together to build a better and more inclusive environment for LGBT+ people in STEM. Be proud, be you! In the lab it is also part of our values.
We are very pleased to announced that the lab has been awarded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) for 6 months. Combined with our recent grant from The Royal Society it will allow us to collect precious preliminary data on the impact of developmental obesity on corticolimbic circuits.
We are very grateful to the Royal Society which has awarded us one year of funding to study the maturation and vulnerability of nutrient sensing processes within dopamine circuits. This grant will especially allow us to equip the lab with a brand new photometry system for in vivo recordings.
Thanks again to the Royal Society for its trust in our research and to allow us the kick-start of the lab!
This work was done with the supervision of Dr Etienne Coutureau (INCIA) and Dr Guillaume Ferreira (NutriNeuro). We used chemogenetic approaches (DREADD) to selectively manipulate the activity of the hippocampus or the amygdala in an animal model of juvenile diet-induced obesity to investigate the role of these two structures in the memory deficits induced by the diet
You can find more details on Fabien’s Twitter. Congrats all!
We are very happy to share that our last work is now published in open access in Neuropsychopharmacology here!
This was part of the work Fabien did as postdoc at the University of Leicester (Dept of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour) with Dr James McCutcheon. With the help of Dr Kate Peters and Dr Andrew Young, they investigated the impact of protein restriction at adulthood or during adolescence on dopamine release using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry.
The 22nd of July is the #worldbrainday and I resumed a little bit my work since years on the impact of different diet changes during adolescence on the brain reward system, and what we still have to understand from here. You can find more information on the Rowett Institute blog, here.
As a new staff member, Fabien will give a (virtual) talk today at 1:15 pm UK time at the Rowett Institute on the impact of dietary protein restriction on the functioning of the dopamine system. It is only accessible to University of Aberdeen members but the talk will be really similar to the one he gave last week in Pisa (see previous post).
To whom it may interest, the video of Fabien’s talk yesterday is available here. And check our Twitter if you want more information about the data presented.
Later today (3.30 pm UK Time) Fabien will give a virtual talk at the CNR Neuroscience Institute in Pisa (Italy) on the impact of dietary protein restriction on the functioning of the dopamine system. The talk will be recorded so maybe it will be accessible later.
Three weeks after the official start of the lab the website and the Twitter account are here too. The university of Aberdeen is still closed but meanwhile you can check what we plan to do here and follow us on @NaneixLab (or check the timeline on the right). We even have a home-made logo done by a very non-artistic guy (e.g. myself).