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Dr Laurence Hunt, NIHR/Wellcome Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, wins prestigious fellowship

Congratulations to Dr Laurence Hunt, who has been awarded the prestigious Sir Henry Dale Fellowship to support his research on the neural circuitry and neurochemistry of decision making.

Laurence completed a DPhil in Neuroscience at Oxford in 2011 after which he moved to University College London on a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship. He will now lead a five-year project within the new Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging.

During his fellowship, Laurence will study the relationship between brain chemistry and decision-making behaviour by relating complementary information derived from human and animal studies. He will collect neuroimaging data in humans performing simple decision tasks and collaborate with other researchers who record cellular data in animals performing similar tasks. His work will also examine how drugs used to treat psychiatric symptoms affect brain activity in both species.  

My research aims to provide some of the missing links between chemical changes in the brain and changes in motivation and decision making. This is important for understanding how the brain makes decisions, and it may also be important for developing new treatments in mental health conditions,” Dr Hunt explains.

The fellowship is for £765,805 and is jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society. 

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Find out more about Laurence Hunt's work.