BBSRC-funded PhD position available

We have a new BBSRC-funded PhD position available for an exceptional student as part of the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership. The project is titled, "Integration of sensory input with motivational state" and more details can be found at the following link:

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=92547

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Jaime McCutcheon for more information.

Fabien has arrived!

Today, we welcome Dr Fabien Naneix who is joining the lab as a postdoc. Fabien is moving to Leicester from Bordeaux where he conducted a PhD and postdoctoral with Dr Etienne Coutureau, Dr Martine Cador, and Dr Guillaume Ferreira. His research to date has examined the role of mesolimbic and mesocortical systems in goal-directed behaviour with a later focus on sugar consumption during adolescence. In the McCutcheon Lab, Fabien will primarily look at neural coding of nutrient value using electrophysiology.

PhD position available via MIBPT program

A BBSRC-funded PhD studentship is now available via the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership, a doctoral program that brings together University of Leicester, University of Birmingham, and University of Warwick. The project in our lab is entitled "Role of dopamine and mesolimbic circuits in encoding nutritional value."

For more information please contact Dr. James McCutcheon or see the link below.

Link to project

New collaborative paper published in Frontiers

We have a new paper published in collaboration with Drs. Will Norton and Andrew Young. Lauren Jones, a PhD student in the Norton lab is lead author. In the article, we describe the first voltammetry measurements, to our knowledge, that have been made in the zebrafish brain.

Jones LJ, McCutcheon JE, Young AMJ, Norton WJ (2015). Neurochemical measurements in the zebrafish brain. Front Behav Neurosci

Welcome to Heramb!

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Heramb Chadchankar has joined the lab as a postdoc to work on a BBSRC-funded project entitled "Role of nucleus accumbens in encoding nutritional value".

Heramb completed his Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Leonid Yavich at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio where he used in vivo voltammetry to study the role of alpha-synuclein in regulating neurotransmitter release.

New paper in Physiology & Behavior

We have a new paper published online in Physiology & Behavior entitled, 'The role of dopamine in the pursuit of nutritional value'. This review discusses the different methods that can be used to isolate the contribution of post-ingestive processes to feeding behaviour and how these have been combined with methods of assaying dopamine activity.

McCutcheon JE (2015). The role of dopamine in the pursuit of nutritional value. Physiol Behav (in press).

New voltammetry methods paper published

We have a new methods paper available in Current Protocols in Neuroscience in collaboration with the Roitman Lab and first-authored by Sam Fortin. It describes in detail all the steps required to make fast-scan cyclic voltammetry recordings in freely-moving subjects. Email one of us if you would like a PDF.

Fortin et al (2015). Sampling phasic dopamine signaling with fast-scan cyclic voltammetry in awake, behaving rats. Curr Protoc Neurosci 70:7.25.1-7.25.20. PMID: 25559005