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Christopher Henstridge

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Dundee
The cellular signalling and physiological significance of the orphan receptor GPR55

Biography

Synaptic alterations feature in many neurological conditions and this has been a central focus throughout my postgraduate research. I spent my first postdoctoral position in the lab or Dr. Istvan Katona in Budapest, assessing the nanoscale distribution of synaptic proteins in a mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome, funded by an EMBO long-term fellowship. With the aim of building upon my imaging expertise, I recently moved to the lab of Dr. Tara Spires-Jones to learn the novel imaging technique, array tomography. This will be combined with electron microscopy to gain real insight into the underlying synaptic pathology in human neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Motor Neuron Disease and in general brain ageing.

I have recently been awarded a 3yr project grant by MND Scotland to build on our synaptic findings. This will begin in October 2016.

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