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Peter Haslehurst

MA(Oxon), MSc, PhD

Academic visitor

I am interested in how the synapse (the junction between two neurons) is able to change its strength in response to a stimulus (plasticity). I’m especially interested in forms of plasticity where changes at one synapse can cause changes at neighbouring synapses on the same neuron. As well as being fascinating  for its own sake, we hope that this work will help us to understand human memory better, which will ultimately assist the fight against diseases of memory (such as Alzheimer’s Disease).

To make progress in this work we need new imaging technologies. In collaboration with a photonics company (M Squared Life, see  Aurora: Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy​) I have been developing a custom-built light sheet microscope which we hope will enable significant new advances in our understanding of synapse plasticity.

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