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Director of MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit

Man wearing glasses smilingProfessor Peter Magill, Supernumerary Fellow in Neurobiology, is now leading the Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit (MRC BNDU) at the University of Oxford. The MRC BNDU is one of the six divisions in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. It is one of the leading international research centres exploring neuronal dynamics in health and disease.

The MRC BNDU opened in April 2015 and Professor Magill has been the Unit’s Interim Director since January 2021. The unit’s goal is to develop novel therapeutic approaches to correct identified pathological neuronal network dynamics in distributed and complex systems across the brain while integrating clinical and animal model studies.

Professor Magill‘s core research interests lie within the broad fields of movement control and neurodegenerative disorders, elucidating the normal and pathological operational principles of the basal ganglia and their partner thalamocortical circuits, focusing on defining the cellular and systems substrates of impaired behaviours in Parkinsonism. His research strategy includes in vivo electrophysiological recordings, quantitative anatomical methods, and the use of genetics-based approaches for the monitoring and manipulation of specified cell types. Professor Magill has received the prestigious Investigator Award from The Wellcome Trust and is also one of the founding Investigators and Theme Leaders at the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre.

Published: 13 January 2023

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