Dr Mary Palmer, Research Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, has received a New Investigator Award of £354,116 from the Medical Research Council for her project on the "Synapse-specific properties of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission in the retina".
Over the next three years Dr Palmer will investigate how nerve cells in the visual system transmit and process information, enabling us to see.
The knowledge gained from this research will contribute to the development of treatments for retinal diseases that cause blindness. As synapses in the retina are very similar to those in the brain, the research will also increase our understanding of how nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other.
Dr Palmer has held a Career Development Award from the MRC for the last four years and has applied her background in electrophysiology to collaborative projects with other members of the Research Institute.
Before moving to Keele Dr Palmer worked in the MRC Centre for Synaptic Plasticity at Bristol University, and the Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Sciences University in the USA.
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