Tim Viney

Career Development Fellow, University of Oxford

I am a neuroscientist in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. My expertise is in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. My main research interests include understanding how memories are formed and updated in response to changing inputs from the body and environment, and establishing how to detect and slow down/prevent the degradation of memory pathways in relation to Alzheimer’s disease.

My research group investigates an area of the brain known as the thalamus in humans and rodents. The part of the thalamus we study is important for memory, cognition, and emotion, and it is affected early on in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. We define different types of brain cells by examining their molecular profiles, neuronal activity, and connectivity with other brain cells.

I previously worked on the basal forebrain and the hippocampus, brain regions important for memory. These areas contain cells that are rhythmically active. Brain rhythms support memory by helping to coordinate activity within and across different areas of the brain.

Before moving to Oxford I carried out my PhD at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel, Switzerland, where I investigated neural circuits of the mammilian retina.

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