We are delighted to announce that Dr Adil Khan, at the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, has been awarded the million Wellcome Career Development Award from the Wellcome Trust.
The 8-year grant supports Adil’s project, ‘Neural circuit basis of flexible behaviour’. This project will study the neural circuit basis of flexible cognitive behaviour. In order to survive, animals must flexibly update their behaviour in response to changes in the environment. This ability to adapt ongoing behaviour is one of the most fundamental of cognitive processes, yet its underlying neural mechanisms remain poorly understood. This project aims to uncover the brain-wide neural circuits that enable animals to compute cognitive prediction-errors, and use these to flexibly adapt their behaviour.
“I am delighted to receive this incredible support from the Wellcome Trust for my lab’s research over the next 8 years. There are tremendous advances underway in neuroscience at this moment, including unprecedented abilities to measure and manipulate brain activity at cellular and sub-cellular resolution. In this project I am hoping to build on these advances to solve fundamental problems about how the brain generates complex cognitive behaviour. I am thrilled to embark on this journey!”
Dr Adil Khan