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Internal Funding Opportunity: ESRC Festival of Social Science -Applications by 20 September 2019

Jul 11, 2019

The call to host an event or exhibition as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences is now open. The annual event is a celebration of the social sciences and takes place across the UK via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. 2019 will be the seventeenth Festival of Social Science and each year the Festival has gone from strength to strength.

 


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Restricted Call: RAEng Research Fellowships and Engineering forDevelopment Research Fellowships 2019/20 (internal deadline: 12 August 2019)

Jul 11, 2019

This call is aimed at outstanding engineering early career researchers who have been awarded their PhD Certificate (or the PhD has been unconditionally approved)  no more than four years prior to the funder submission deadline. All Research Fellowships must commence between 1st August 2020 and 31st October 2020. The scheme provides funding for five years to encourage the best researchers to remain in the academic engineering sector.

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Subject: Restricted call: TRDF: Transformative Research Technologies (internal deadline 5 August 2019)

Jul 11, 2019

The aim of the call is to support the early-stage development of cutting edge, high-impact transformative research technologies based on new advances in fundamental engineering, physical and life sciences which are essential to sustaining the vibrancy of life sciences discovery research in the UK. These technology developments should offer the potential of a step-change in the state-of-the-art for the given field.

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7th Biennial Cambridge International Conference on Mental Health|5-6 September 2019

Jul 11, 2019

CONFERENCE WILL COVER WIDE-RANGING TOPICS on mental health, including,

Bipolar disorders, Brain stimulation techniques, Depression,

Immunopsychiatry, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Neuroscientific basis of

mental illnesses, OCD, Schizophrenia, Social, Philosophical & Artistic

contributions, & LifeStyle Mental Health

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ALBORADA Research Fund 2019

Jul 11, 2019

The Cambridge-Africa  programme is pleased to announce that the call for proposals to the ALBORADA Research Fund, is now open.

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Report examines origins and nature of ‘maths anxiety’

Jul 10, 2019

A report out today examines the factors that influence ‘maths anxiety’ among primary and secondary school students, showing that teachers and parents may inadvertently play a role in a child’s development of the condition, and that girls tend to be more affected than boys.

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Inflammation links heart disease and depression, study finds

Jul 10, 2019

People with heart disease are more likely to suffer from depression, and the opposite is also true. Now, scientists at the University of Cambridge believe they have identified a link between these two conditions: inflammation – the body’s response to negative environmental factors, such as stress. 

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Levels of autism in China similar to the West, joint Chinese-UK study shows

Jul 10, 2019

The first large-scale study of autism in China has revealed that around one in a hundred people in China has an autism spectrum condition – the same figure as found in the West.

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‘Mindreading’ neurons simulate decisions of social partners

Jul 10, 2019

Scientists have identified special types of brain cells that may allow us to simulate the decision-making processes of others, thereby reconstructing their state of mind and predicting their intentions. Dysfunction in these ‘simulation neurons’ may help explain difficulties with social interactions in conditions such as autism and social anxiety.

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Blood pressure drug shows promise for treating Parkinson’s and dementia in animal studies

Jul 10, 2019

A prescription drug to treat high blood pressure has shown promise against conditions such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and forms of dementia in studies carried out in mice and zebrafish at the University of Cambridge.

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New approach to drug discovery could lead to personalised treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders

Jul 10, 2019

Researchers have developed a method that could drastically accelerate the search for new drugs to treat mental health disorders such as schizophrenia.

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Study identifies our ‘inner pickpocket’

Jul 10, 2019

Researchers have identified how the human brain is able to determine the properties of a particular object using purely statistical information: a result which suggests there is an ‘inner pickpocket’ in all of us.

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Virtual reality can spot navigation problems in early Alzheimer’s disease

Jul 10, 2019

Virtual reality (VR) can identify early Alzheimer’s disease more accurately than ‘gold standard’ cognitive tests currently in use, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge.

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Problematic smartphone use linked to poorer grades, alcohol misuse and more sexual partners

Jul 10, 2019

A survey of more than 3,400 university students in the USA has found that one in five respondents reported problematic smartphone use. Female students were more likely be affected and problematic smartphone use was associated with lower grade averages, mental health problems and higher numbers of sexual partners.

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Scientists identify possible source of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ in the brain

Jul 10, 2019

Scientists have identified mechanisms in the human brain that could help explain the phenomenon of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ – the unsettling feeling we get from robots and virtual agents that are too human-like. They have also shown that some people respond more adversely to human-like agents than others.

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Funding Pre-announcement - Restricted Call: NERC Capital Call 2019

Jul 8, 2019

NERC has issued a pre-announcement for a call for proposals for capital assets (for science, innovation, estates, IT and/or facilities), for which NERC has allocated up to £3 million.

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Funding: ESRC Impact Acceleration Account 2019-2023

Jul 8, 2019

The University of Cambridge has been awarded another round of funding for an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) from the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) to run from 2019-2023.

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Cambridge team to study concussion in international motorsport

Jul 5, 2019

Cambridge researchers are to take part in a study to examine the impact of concussion in motorsports, with the aim of reducing traumatic brain injury and helping drivers recover.

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Brain Anatomy Course | London | July 23-25 2019

Jul 4, 2019

A highly popular and accessible introduction to structural, functional and radiological neuroanatomy.

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Cambridge Networks Day 2019 | August 29 2019

Jul 4, 2019

This event brings together researchers with an interest in networks from a wide variety of fields, from biology to physics, computer science, sociology and business.

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British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience Annual Meeting | 2-3 September

Jul 4, 2019

We would be delighted if you would join us for the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience Annual Scientific Meeting on 2nd-3rd September, in Cambridge.

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Recalling positive events and experiences can help protect young people against depression in later life

Jan 15, 2019

Depression often first emerges in adolescence, a critical developmental time period when an individual experiences substantial changes in their brain structure and chemistry. A known risk factor of depression is exposure to early life stress, such as illness, parents’ separation or death, or adverse family circumstances.

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Marmoset study gives insights into loss of pleasure in depression

Dec 11, 2018

"Understanding the brain circuits that underlie specific aspects of anhedonia is of major importance, not only because anhedonia is a core feature of depression but also because it is one of the most treatment-resistant symptoms"

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