I graduated from the University of Bath in 2002 with a MSci in Pharmacology, which included an industrial placement in the Behavioural Neuroscience department of the Merck Sharp & Dohme Neuroscience Research Centre (2000-2001). I moved to Nottingham to complete a Roche-funded PhD on the role of 5-HT6 receptors in memory and attention, then enjoyed three years as a post-doctoral researcher on a multicentre EU FP6-funded project, developing novel models for glutamatergic CNS disorders using short hairpin RNA approaches. I was appointed to my current role as Senior Research Fellow in 2010 and lead an expanding team focused on improving understanding and treatment of common CNS disorders. I was named collaborator on an EU FP7-funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network, r'BIRTH - Brain Imaging Return to Health. I received the 2019 British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) Senior Award for Non-Clinical research, and recently joined BAP Council and the British Journal of Pharmacology Editorial Board.
My research uses neurodevelopmental models to investigate how adverse early-life events or drugs of abuse impact on brain neurochemistry and contribute to cognitive and social dysfunction. The group… read more
GOH J-Y, O'SULLIVAN SE, SHORTALL SE, ZORDAN N, PICCININI AM, POTTER HG, FONE KCF and KING MV, 2020. Gestational poly(I:C) attenuates, not exacerbates, the behavioral, cytokine and mTOR changes caused by isolation rearing in a rat ‘dual-hit’ model for neurodevelopmental disorders Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. (In Press.)
SHORTALL SE, BROWN AM, NEWTON-MANN E, DAWE-LANE E, EVANS C, FOWLER M and KING MV, 2020. Calbindin deficits may underlie dissociable effects of 5-HT6 and mGlu7 antagonists on glutamate and cognition in a dual-hit neurodevelopmental model for schizophrenia Molecular Neurobiology. (In Press.)
KOHLI S, KING MV, WILLIAMS S, EDWARDS A, BALLARD TM, STEWARD LJ, ALBERATI D and FONE KCF, 2019. Oxytocin attenuates phencyclidine hyperactivity and increases social interaction and nucleus accumbens dopamine release in rats. Neuropsychopharmacology: official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. 44(2), 295-305
My research uses neurodevelopmental models to investigate how adverse early-life events or drugs of abuse impact on brain neurochemistry and contribute to cognitive and social dysfunction. The group has a track record of successful collaboration on EU and industry-funded projects, evaluating novel serotonergic, cholinergic, dopaminergic and glutamatergic treatments for disorders like schizophrenia, autism and depression.
We have expertise in:
- a broad range of behavioural techniques, using the latest software for computerised tracking, visual touchscreen tasks and recording of ultrasonic vocalisations (USVs)
- complimentary neurochemical approaches, from enzyme-based glutamate microsensors to microdialysis with HPLC-ED
- proteomic techniques, including protein microarray, western blotting and immunohistochemistry
- MRI and MRS
We welcome opportunities to establish new links with academic and industrial researchers.
Current group members are working on the following topics:
- Abigail Abrahams (BBSRC DTP PhD) - mechanisms underlying the prosocial effects of oxytocin
- Sara Wong (University of Nottingham Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship) - optimising nasal oxytocin delivery for potential treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders
- Chukwudi Okebaram (Tetfund Nigeria PhD) - role of BDNF and TrkB in schizophrenia
- Luke O'Hara (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences PhD Scholarship) - drug interactions and long term consequences of mephedrone, a novel psychoactive substance
- Lucy Adam (MRes student) - combined effect of mephedrone and caffeine on patterns of neuronal activation
Interested in joining the group?
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