Research Profile

Mark Rae

Biography

I was awarded a B.Sc. (Hons) in Pharmacology at the University of Aberdeen and a Ph.D. in smooth muscle Physiology from the University of Glasgow. After a short period at the University of Strathclyde working with Dr. Charles Kennedy to investigate the putative role of purines in pain signalling, I then moved to Reno, Nevada, U.S.A. for two years to work with Dr. Kathy Keef investigating various aspects of smooth muscle physiology using human, canine and murine gastrointestinal tissue.

Upon returning to Scotland to work with Dr. Andy Irving in both Aberdeen and Dundee University, I utilised simultaneous electrophysiological and imaging techniques to determine the function of metabotropic glutamate receptor signalling in central neurons.

Prior to joining UCC I spent nearly three years in industry using my accumulated electrophysiological and calcium imaging expertise to characterise potential novel pharmaceutical solutions for the treatment of neuropathic (centrally-mediated) pain.

I was appointed as a lecturer in Physiology at University College Cork in October 2008.

Research Interests

My primary research interest is investigating the intracellular mechanisms underlying metabotropic glutamatergic and muscarinic receptor signalling in central neurons. These receptors are of interest because of their proposed role in learning and memory as well as in neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Down Syndrome. Both receptor types perform an essential role in modulating intracellular calcium levels in many diverse cell types. Because calcium plays such a critical role in the normal functioning of almost every cell in the body, both as a signalling molecule and as a vital regulatory intracellular ion, it is essential that we increase our understanding of how calcium-modulating receptors such as metabotropic glutamate and muscarinic receptors affect these functions, and equally, what happens when calcium regulation goes awry.

My research in this area is facilitated principally by the use of whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiological recording, whilst simultaneously measuring intracellular ion levels using fluorescent imaging techniques. These methodologies are complemented by a variety of molecular approaches that are used to investigate factors such as receptor expression and regulation within central neurons.

I currently supervise three PhD students and several undergarduate students.

In 2016 I graduated with a first class Masters degree in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Through this, in addition to my scientific research, I have developed an interest in pedagogy (the theory and practice of education). I am specifically interested in utilising modern technology to facilitate student understanding and learning.


Research Interests

Scientific

My scientific research is focussed upon cellular signalling in central neurones utilising whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology combined with intracellular calcium imaging. This work is aimed developing our understanding of the mechanisms underlying learning and memory, both in health and in neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome where memory and intellectual ability are adversely affected over time.

My primary research focusses on the role that intracellular calcium signalling (e.g. through activation of endoplasmic reticulum IP3 and ryanodine receptors) plays in hippocampal neuronal signalling. Initial work in this area demonstrated that group I metabotropic receptors (I-mGluRs) could potentially act as a novel form of coincidence detector within the CNS, a role that previously been ascribed to NMDA receptors alone (Rae et al., 2000). Further work clarified the relative contribution of the two subtypes of I-mGluRs expressed within hippocampal neurones to the calcium and electrical signals generated by stimulation of these receptors (Rae & Irving, 2004).

My current work seeks to investigate the role that I-mGluRs and muscarinic acetylcholine receptors may play in the aetiology of Alzheimer's disease (using models of the familial form of the disease) and the cognitive decline seen in people with Down Syndrome. In pursuit of this, my lab is currently investigating the role that cyclic ADP ribose production (leading to activation of RyRs on the ER) may play in  I-mGluR-mediated calcium signalling in control and transgenic hippocampal neurons.

In addition to this, I participate in a number of research collaborations (both within and outwith UCC) investigating, for example, biochemical factors which may cause the disrupted calxium signalling we observe in transgenic Alzheimer's disease neurons (Geert Bultynck, Belgium), the effect of oxysterols on neuronal calcium signalling (John Mackrill, UCC), electrophysiological responses of enteric neurons in irritable bowel syndrome (Dervla O'Malley, UCC) and the presence and role of components of brain renin-angiotensin system within our transgenic rat and mouse models of AD (Thomas Walther, Pharmacology, UCC).

Teaching

An emerging area of research for me is the interrogation of my own teaching as an act of scholarship.

Based upon current pedagogy, I have trialled/adopted various teaching methodologies since 2013, all of which have been geared towards increasing active student participation during class time, with a view to increasing the understanding and application of taught material. These methodologies include:

Producing pre-recorded short introductory, and full lecture length, vodcasts (using Panopto®) of lecture material for students to view both before and after (for review purposes) attending lectures (see Rae & McCarthy, 2017; Rae & O’Malley, 2016 & 2017).

Pre-lecture quizzes (posted on Blackboard) to provide ‘first pass’ exposure to lecture topics prior to attending class.

‘Semi-flipped’ classroom teaching, whereby class time is used to interrogate students’ knowledge (i.e. through discussion, application, questioning, etc.) of material they have been asked to study prior to attending class.

Have integrated lectures with Socrative®, an online student response system with which students can anonymously answer questions posed by me using their smartphones or tablets. The percentage of correct (and incorrect) answers is displayed in real time allowing the provision of immediate feedback to the class.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Does Bexarotene reverse calcuim dysregulation in a murine model of Alzheimer's disease.Foreign Research Institute26-FEB-1325-FEB-14€11,325.00
Electrophysiological studies on the F344-AD ratUCC Strategic Research Fund09-AUG-14€4,700.00
HRB - Is Down Syndrome a form of "calciumopathy"?Health Research Board08-JUN-0931-JUL-09€2,000.00
A novel rat model of Alzheimer's disease, the F344-AD ratUCC Strategic Research Fund01-JUL-13€5,300.00
UCC"Strategic Research Fund 2014"Miscellaneous01-SEP-1431-AUG-15€4,700.00

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)'The effect of superoxide dismutase (SOD) inhibition on the renal circulation of Spontaneously Hypertensive- Stroke Prone (SHRSP) and Wistar rats'
Ahmeda, A., Rae, M.G., Al Otaibi, M., Anweigi, L.M. and Johns E.J (2017) 'The effect of superoxide dismutase (SOD) inhibition on the renal circulation of Spontaneously Hypertensive- Stroke Prone (SHRSP) and Wistar rats'. Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, [Details]
(2017)'Using an online student response system, Socrative, to facilitate active learning of Physiology by first year graduate entry to medicine students: a feasibility study'
Rae, M.G and O'Malley, D. (2017) 'Using an online student response system, Socrative, to facilitate active learning of Physiology by first year graduate entry to medicine students: a feasibility study'. MedEdPublish, 6 (1)   [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'The Mas receptor does not modulate group I metabotropic receptor-mediated calcium signals in hippocampal neurons derived from a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease (3xTg-AD)'
Brett, A., Kaar, A. & Rae, M.G. (2017) 'The Mas receptor does not modulate group I metabotropic receptor-mediated calcium signals in hippocampal neurons derived from a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease (3xTg-AD)'. Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine, [Details]
(2017)'Student attitudes towards semi-flipped classroom teaching in a pre-clinical graduate entry to medicine Physiology module'
Rae, M.G and O'Malley, D. (2017) 'Student attitudes towards semi-flipped classroom teaching in a pre-clinical graduate entry to medicine Physiology module'. MedEdPublish, [Details]
(2017)'An Efficient and Cost-Effective Method of Generating Post-Natal (P2-14) Mouse Primary Hippocampal Neuronal Cultures'
Kaar, A. & Rae, M.G. (2017) 'An Efficient and Cost-Effective Method of Generating Post-Natal (P2-14) Mouse Primary Hippocampal Neuronal Cultures'. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, [Details]
(2016)'Do prerecorded lecture VODcasts affect lecture attendance of first-year pre-clinical Graduate Entry to Medicine students?'
Rae, M.G. & O'Malley, D. (2016) 'Do prerecorded lecture VODcasts affect lecture attendance of first-year pre-clinical Graduate Entry to Medicine students?'. Medical Teacher,   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2016)'Leptin modifies the prosecretory and prokinetic effects of the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 on colonic function in Sprague–Dawley rats'
Buckley, Maria M.; O'Brien, Rebecca; Devlin, Michelle; Creed, Aisling A.; Rae, Mark G.; Hyland, Niall P.; Quigley, Eamonn M. M.; McKernan, Declan P.; O'Malley, Dervla (2016) 'Leptin modifies the prosecretory and prokinetic effects of the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 on colonic function in Sprague–Dawley rats'. Experimental Physiology, 101 (12):1477-1491 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2016)'Cognitive dysfunction in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: a possible role for neuromodulatory immune molecules'
Rae MG;O'Malley D; (2016) 'Cognitive dysfunction in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: a possible role for neuromodulatory immune molecules'. Journal of neurophysiology, [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2016)') Effect of tempol and tempol plus catalase on intra-renal haemodynamics in Spontaneously Hypertensive Stroke-Prone (SHSP) and Wistar rats'
Ahmeda, A.F. Rae, M.G., Al Otaibi, M.F., Anweigi, L.M. & Johns, E.J. (2016) ') Effect of tempol and tempol plus catalase on intra-renal haemodynamics in Spontaneously Hypertensive Stroke-Prone (SHSP) and Wistar rats'. Journal Of Physiology And Biochemistry,   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2016)'The impact of vodcast utilisation upon student learning in the Physiology component of a first year graduate to entry medicine module'
Rae, M.G. & McCarthy, M. (2016) 'The impact of vodcast utilisation upon student learning in the Physiology component of a first year graduate to entry medicine module'. Journal of The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, [Details]
(2015)'Metabotropic glutamate receptor-mediated cyclic ADP ribose signalling'
Kaar, A,Rae, MG (2015) 'Metabotropic glutamate receptor-mediated cyclic ADP ribose signalling'. Biochemical Society Transactions, 43 :405-409 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Modulation of enteric neurons by interleukin-6 and corticotropin-releasing factor contributes to visceral hypersensitivity and altered colonic motility in a rat model of irritable bowel syndrome'
Buckley, MM,O'Halloran, KD,Rae, MG,Dinan, TG,O'Malley, D (2014) 'Modulation of enteric neurons by interleukin-6 and corticotropin-releasing factor contributes to visceral hypersensitivity and altered colonic motility in a rat model of irritable bowel syndrome'. Journal of Physiology-London, 592 :5235-5250 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Effect of reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide in the neural control of intrarenal haemodynamics in anaesthetized normotensive rats'
Ahmeda, AF,Rae, MG,Johns, EJ (2013) 'Effect of reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide in the neural control of intrarenal haemodynamics in anaesthetized normotensive rats'. Acta Physiologica, 209 :156-166 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Putative TRP channel antagonists, SKF 96365, flufenamic acid and 2-APB, are non-competitive antagonists at recombinant human alpha 1 beta 2 gamma 2 GABA(A) receptors'
Rae, MG,Hilton, J,Sharkey, J (2012) 'Putative TRP channel antagonists, SKF 96365, flufenamic acid and 2-APB, are non-competitive antagonists at recombinant human alpha 1 beta 2 gamma 2 GABA(A) receptors'. Neurochemistry International, 60 :543-554 [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Effect of clazosentan, a selective endothelin A receptor antagonist, and tezosentan, a dual endothelin A/B antagonist, on pulsatile shear stress induced constriction of the iliac in the anaesthetized pig'
Ruane-O'Hora, T,Rae, MG,Markos, F; (2011) 'Effect of clazosentan, a selective endothelin A receptor antagonist, and tezosentan, a dual endothelin A/B antagonist, on pulsatile shear stress induced constriction of the iliac in the anaesthetized pig'. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 38 :515-520 [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'A question of balance - Positive versus negative allosteric modulation of GABA(A) receptor subtypes as a driver of analgesic efficacy in rat models of inflammatory and neuropathic pain'
Munro, G,Erichsen, HK,Rae, MG,Mirza, NR; (2011) 'A question of balance - Positive versus negative allosteric modulation of GABA(A) receptor subtypes as a driver of analgesic efficacy in rat models of inflammatory and neuropathic pain'. Neuropharmacology, 61 :121-132 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'Both mGluR1 and mGluR5 mediate Ca2+ release and inward currents in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons'
Rae MG, Irving AJ; (2004) 'Both mGluR1 and mGluR5 mediate Ca2+ release and inward currents in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons'. Neuropharmacology, 46 (8):1057-1069 [DOI] [Details]
(2002)'Leptin inhibits rat hippocampal neurons via activation of large conductance. Nat Neurosci'
Shanley L.J., Irving, A.J., Rae, M.G., - Ashford, M.L.J.,Harvey, J. (2002) 'Leptin inhibits rat hippocampal neurons via activation of large conductance. Nat Neurosci'. Nature Neuroscience, 5 (4):299-300 [Details]
(2002)'Cannabinoids on the brain. ScientificWorldJournal'
Irving A.J., Rae, M.G.Rae, Coutts, A. A.; (2002) 'Cannabinoids on the brain. ScientificWorldJournal'. The Scientific World Journal, 2 :632-48 [Details]
(2000)'Functional expression of cell surface cannabinoid CB(1) receptors on presynaptic inhibitory terminals in cultured rat hippocampal neurons'
Irving AJ, Coutts AA, Harvey J, Rae MG, Mackie K, Bewick GS, Pertwee RG; (2000) 'Functional expression of cell surface cannabinoid CB(1) receptors on presynaptic inhibitory terminals in cultured rat hippocampal neurons'. Neuroscience, 98 (2):253-262 [Details]
(2000)'Functional expression of cell surface cannabinoid CB(1) receptors on presynaptic. Neuroscience'
Irving A.J., Coutts, A. A., Harvey J., Rae, M. G., Mackie, K., Bewick G.S., Pertwee, R.G. (2000) 'Functional expression of cell surface cannabinoid CB(1) receptors on presynaptic. Neuroscience'. Neuroscience, 98 (2):253-62 [Details]
(2000)'Role of Ca2+ stores in metabotropic L-glutamate receptor-mediated supralinear. J Neurosci'
Rae M.G., Martin, D. J., Collingridge, G. L., Irving, A. J. (2000) 'Role of Ca2+ stores in metabotropic L-glutamate receptor-mediated supralinear. J Neurosci'. Journal of Neuroscience, 20 (23):8628-36 [Details]
(1998)'Basal activation of ATP-sensitive potassium channels in murine colonic smooth. Biophys J'
Koh, S.D.- Bradley, K. K., Rae, M. G., Keef, K. D., Horowitz, B., Sanders, K. M. (1998) 'Basal activation of ATP-sensitive potassium channels in murine colonic smooth. Biophys J'. Biophysical Journal, 75 (4):1793-800 [Details]
(1998)'Control of motility patterns in the human colonic circular muscle layer by. J Physiol'
Rae M.G., Fleming, N., McGregor, D. B.,Sanders K.M., Keef, K. D. (1998) 'Control of motility patterns in the human colonic circular muscle layer by. J Physiol'. Journal of Physiology-London, 510 ( Pt 1) :309-20 [Details]
(1998)'Modulation of cholinergic neuromuscular transmission by nitric oxide in canine. Am J Physiol'
Rae M.G., Khoyi, M. A., Keef, K. D. (1998) 'Modulation of cholinergic neuromuscular transmission by nitric oxide in canine. Am J Physiol'. American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, 275 (6 Pt 1) [Details]
(1996)'Neuronal mediators of inhibitory junction potentials and relaxation in the. J Physiol'
Rae M.G., Muir, T. C. (1996) 'Neuronal mediators of inhibitory junction potentials and relaxation in the. J Physiol'. Journal of Physiology-London, 493 ( Pt 2) :517-27 [Details]
(1996)'Characterization of a P2X-purinoceptor in cultured neurones of the rat dorsal. Br J Pharmacol'
Robertson S.J., Rae, M. G., Rowan, E. G., Kennedy, C. (1996) 'Characterization of a P2X-purinoceptor in cultured neurones of the rat dorsal. Br J Pharmacol'. British Journal of Pharmacology, 118 (4):951-6 [Details]
(1992)'Regulation of prostaglandin E2 binding to a murine macrophage cell line, P388D1. Biochim Biophys Acta'
Rae M.G., Rotondo, D., Dutta-Roy, A. K.; (1992) 'Regulation of prostaglandin E2 binding to a murine macrophage cell line, P388D1. Biochim Biophys Acta'. Biochem Biophys Acta, 1135 (3):343-8 [Details]
(1992)'Interleukin-1 inhibits PGE2 binding to macrophage-like P388D1 cells by a cyclic. Biochim Biophys Acta'
Rae M.G., Rotondo D., Milton, A. S., Dutta-Roy, A. K. (1992) 'Interleukin-1 inhibits PGE2 binding to macrophage-like P388D1 cells by a cyclic. Biochim Biophys Acta'. Biochem Biophys Acta, 1138 (1):75-9 [Details]
(1991)'Stimulation of prostaglandin E2 binding to a murine macrophage cell line (P388D1) by insulin'
Dutta-Roy AK, Rae MG, Milton AS, Rotondo D; (1991) 'Stimulation of prostaglandin E2 binding to a murine macrophage cell line (P388D1) by insulin'. Biochemical Society Transactions, 19 (4) [Details]
(1991)'Stimulation of prostaglandin E2 binding to a murine macrophage cell line (P388D1). Biochem Soc Trans'
Dutta-Roy Ak Fau - Rae, M. G.,Rae Mg Fau - Milton, A. S.,Milton As Fau - Rotondo, D.,Rotondo, D.; (1991) 'Stimulation of prostaglandin E2 binding to a murine macrophage cell line (P388D1). Biochem Soc Trans'. Biochem Soc Trans, 19 (4) [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2014)Biochemical Society
KAAR, A. & RAE, M.G. (2014) Investigating the role of the cyclic ADP ribose/RyR pathway in Group I mGluR-mediated signalling in cultured rat hippocampal neurones Biochemical Society [Details]
(2014)Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland
KAAR, A., O’DONOGHUE, K. & RAE, M.G (2014) Investigating the role of cyclic ADP ribose in group I metabotropic glutamate receptor - mediated calcium signalling in rat hippocampal neurones Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland [Details]
(2013)Neuroscience Ireland
KAAR, A., LEAHY, J., O’DONOGHUE, K. & RAE, M.G (2013) Evidence for the involvement of ryanodine receptors in Ca2+ release by group I metabotropic glutamate receptors in cultured rat hippocampal neurons Neuroscience Ireland [Details]
(2013)Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland
LEAHY, J., KAAR, A. & RAE, M.G (2013) Evidence for the involvement of cyclic ADP ribose-dependent endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ release by group I metabotropic glutamate receptors in cultured rat hippocampal neurons Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland [Details]
(2012)Alzheimers Dement
MORLEY, S.J., KAAR, A. & RAE, M.G. (2012) Evoked hippocampal supralinear intracellular calcium responses are absent in 3xTg Alzheimer's mice Alzheimers Dement [Details]
(2010)Neuroscience Ireland 2010
Rae, MG; Thompson, J; Sharkey, J; (2010) The putative TRP channel antagonists, SKF96365, flufenamic acid and 2-APB are non-competitive antagonists at recombinant alpha1, beta2, gamma2 GABAA receptors Neuroscience Ireland 2010 [Details]
(2011)Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland
MORLEY, S.J., KEOGH, M.K.& RAE, M.G (2011) Evidence of altered intracellular calcium handling in week old cultured hippocampal neurones of a murine model of Alzheimer’s disease (3xTg AD) Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland [Details]
(2003)J. Physiol
RAE, M.G. & IRVING, A.J.; (2003) Pharmacology of the group I metabotropic receptor-mediated responses in rat CA1 hippocampal neurones J. Physiol [Details]
(2003)J. Physiol
WHITE, A.M., RAE, M.G., IRVING, A.J. & PLATT, B.; (2003) Group I mGluR-induced calcium signalling in the rat superficial superior colliculus J. Physiol [Details]
(2003)Soc. Neuroscience Abs
RAE, M.G & IRVING, A.J. ; (2003) Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) and dynamic endoplasmic reticulum (ER) loading in CA1 pyramidal neurons Soc. Neuroscience Abs [Details]
(2001)Soc. Neuroscience Abs
RAE, M.G. & IRVING, A.J.; (2001) Relationship between group I metabotropic glutamate receptor-activated inward currents and supralinear calcium signalling in hippocampal neurons Soc. Neuroscience Abs [Details]
(2001)Int. Cannabinoid Res. Soc
IRVING, A.J., CALDWELL, D., RAE, M.G., BEWICK, G & COUTTS A.A.; (2001) Functional expression of cell surface CB1 receptors at synaptic terminals in cultured rat cerebellar granule cells Int. Cannabinoid Res. Soc [Details]
(2000)J. Physiol
RAE, M.G. & IRVING, A.J.; (2000) A novel coincidence detection mechanism involving mGlu receptors in the rat hippocampus J. Physiol [Details]
(1999)J. Physiol
RAE, M.G. & IRVING, A.J.; (1999) Effects of cyclopiazonic acid on intracellular Ca2+ levels in cultured hippocampal neurones J. Physiol [Details]
(1997)Gastroenterology
RAE, M.G., KHOYI, M. & KEEF, K.D; (1997) Interaction between cholinergic and nitrergic transmission in the canine colonic circular muscle layer Gastroenterology [Details]
(1996)Drug Development Research
RAE, M.G., ROWAN, E.G. & KENNEDY, C.; (1996) Further characterisation of P2X-purinoceptors in cultured neurones of the rat dorsal root ganglia Drug Development Research [Details]
(1996)Br. J. Pharmacol
RAE, M.G., ROWAN, E.G. & KENNEDY, C. ; (1996) Characterisation of P2X-purinoceptors in neurones of the neonatal rat dorsal root ganglia Br. J. Pharmacol [Details]
(1995)Br. J. Pharmacol
RAE, M.G. & MUIR, T.C. ; (1995) Suramin reveals two distinct neuronally-mediated IJP components in the guinea-pig internal anal sphincter (gpIAS) Br. J. Pharmacol [Details]
(1995)Neurogastroenterology and Motility
RAE, M.G., QUINN, P. & MUIR, T.C. ; (1995) Alterations in both cAMP and cGMP levels of the guinea-pig internal anal sphincter (gpIAS) in response to neuronal stimulation and drugs Neurogastroenterology and Motility [Details]
(1994)Br. J. Pharmacol
RAE, M.G. & MUIR, T.C.; (1994) Both ATP and Nitric Oxide (NO) may be involved in the neuronally-mediated relaxation of the guinea-pig internal anal sphincter (gpIAS) Br. J. Pharmacol [Details]
(1993)J. Gastrointestinal Motility
RAE, M.G. & MUIR, T.C.; (1993) Neuronally-mediated inhibition in the guinea-pig internal anal sphincter (gpIAS) ¿ indirect nitric oxide involvement J. Gastrointestinal Motility [Details]
(1992)Congress of the International Union of Physiological Sciences XXXII
SMITH, A.D., RAE, M.G. & MUIR, T.C.; (1992) Excitation and inhibition by nitric oxide (NO) in smooth muscle Congress of the International Union of Physiological Sciences XXXII [Details]
(1992)Br. J. Pharmacol
RAE, M.G. & MUIR, T.C. ; (1992) Nitrovasodilators potentiate and inhibit spontaneous electrical and mechanical activity in the guinea-pig internal anal sphincter (gpIAS) Br. J. Pharmacol [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2007Awarded place on Molecular Techniques Workshop The Physiological Society
2012Supervisee (Shane Morley) awarded Physiological Society Student Travel Bursary Physiological Society
2014Supervisee (Aidan Kaar) awarded UCC, College of Medicine and Health Doctoral Student Travel Bursary UCC
2014Supervisee (Aidan Kaar) awarded Biochemical Society Student Travel Bursary The Biochemical Society
2015Supervisee (Aidan Kaar) awarded Federation of European Neurosciences (FENS) - Society for Neuroscience (SfN) bursary. Federation of European Neurosciences and Society for Neuroscience
2016Biochemical Society Travel Award The Biochemical Society
2016Physiological Society Travel Award The Physiological Society
2016Outstanding lecturer in Years 1 & 2 of the Graduate Entry Medicine Programme UCC School of Medicine

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Cork Neuroscience Centre member06-OCT-07 /
The European Calcium Society member01-JUL-16 /
Royal Academy of Medicine Ireland member01-OCT-15 /
Neuroscience Ireland member01-JUL-08 /
Biochemical Society member01-JUL-14 /
The Physiological Soceity member07-OCT-00 /
Alzheimer's Association member02-JAN-12 /

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Department of Physiology Graduate Studies Committee member2007 /
Department of Physiology Research Committee 2007 /
Graduate Entry Medicine Steering Group. 2007 / 2008
Graduate Entry Medicine Teaching and Oversight Committee Module coordinator - GM10012008 /
School of Medicine Student Affairs Committee 2009 /
Graduate Entry Medicine Curriculum Review Committee. GM1001 module coordinator2010 /

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Brain Research Bulletin Referee01-AUG-12 -
Pharmacologia Editor01-NOV-13 -
International Journal Of Neurology Research Member of Editorial Board02-NOV-14 -
Alzheimers & Dementia Referee11-JAN-17 -
Journal Of The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning Referee-
British Journal Of Pharmacology Referee-
Journal Of Physiology Referee-
Journal Of Toxicology Referee-
Journal Of Endocrinology Referee-

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork College Lecturer in Physiology17-JUL-08 /
University College Cork Contract Lecturer01-JUL-07 / 01-OCT-08
Astellas CNS in Edinburgh Senior Electrophysiologist01-JAN-06 / 01-FEB-07
Ionix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Research Electrophysiologist01-NOV-04 / 01-SEP-05

Outreach Activities

 Description

Organiser of, and participant in, ‘Physiology Friday’, a fun day designed to promote awareness of the discipline of Physiology across the larger university community through physiological challenges, quizzes, a Physiology-themed bake sale (Biobakes) and talent shows (UCC, November 2015 & 2016).  (https://www.ucc.ie/en/physiology/news/fullstory-717577-en.html)

 

Co-organiser of Physiology Department’s 2016 contribution to Cork Science Festival - Can you beat Usain Bolt out of the blocks?’ http://www.corksciencefestival.ie/celebrate-science-open-day-13th-november/



Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1991Aberdeen University BScPharmacology
1995Glasgow University PhDPhysiology/Pharmacology
2013University College Cork Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher EduTeaching and Learning in Higher Education
2015University College Cork Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher EducationTeaching and Learning in Higher Education
2016University College Cork Masters in Teaching and Learning in Higher EducationTeaching and Learning in Higher Education

Other Activities

 Description

Invited external examiner (2016): PhD thesis - Stephen Fedigan, Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Invited internal examiner (2014): MSc thesis - Nurullah Morshed, Department of Physiology, UCC.

Invited internal examiner (2013): MSc thesis - Nura Benghezzi, Department of Physiology, UCC.

Departmental representative for The Physiological Society

Grant reviewer for Alzheimer's Assocaition, U.S.A.

Member of Asian Council of Science Editors (http://theacse.com/)

Developed and manage Physiology department’s online question database server with which one can produce and run on-line Physiology examinations in all required formats, e.g. True/False, MCQ, SBA, EMQ.

Invited to join COST action group ‘Personalized Nutrition in aging society: redox control of major age-related diseases’ (2016).

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Module coordinator for:
GM1001, PL4011

Physiology departmental coordinator for:

GM1001, GM1002, GM1003 & GM2001

Teach on:
GM1001, GM1002, GM1003, GM2001, PL3025, PL4011 & PL4020
 

Undergraduate Teaching

I have teaching experience across a variety of years and undergraduate modules including 2nd, 3rd and 4th year science and 1st and 2nd and final year direct entry and graduate entry medicine (GEM). I currently deliver undergraduate modules on the 1st and 2nd year GEM course, and 3rd and 4th year B.Sc. Physiology (7 modules in total) using a variety of teaching formats such as formal lectures, tutorials, small group learning (SGL), student projects and laboratory practicals

Details of my current teaching on individual modules are listed below.

 Graduate & Direct Entry to Medicine Teaching

GM 1001 (Module Coordinator), Physiology coordinator for GM 1002,GM 1003 & GM 2001

The bulk of my teaching is devoted to the Graduate Entry to Medicine (GEM) course. I teach 50% of the Physiology contribution on all three of the 1st year basic science modules as well as making a significant contribution to the 2nd year GM2001 module. I am module coordinator for the 20 credit GM1001 module with responsibility for coordinating input from the various contributory departments, timetabling, exam preparation and marking and am Physiology coordinator for the 1st year GEM course.

I also act as a facilitator for the small group learning (SGL) tutorial sessions.

3rd Year B.Sc. Physiology Teaching

PL3025 Literature Review, Experimental Design and Data Analysis

In this 5 credit module students either write a report on an original peer-reviewed research article, a literature review of a particular Physiological topic or a report on a proposed experimental protocol designed to investigate a particular Physiological question. This is an important introduction to the scientific literature and paves the way for research projects in year 4.

4th Year B.Sc. Physiology Teaching

PL4011 (Learning & Memory)

In this5 credit module I lecture on my own research field of learning and memory, which is directly informed by my work into the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Down Syndrome (DS).

 

PL4020 (Laboratory Research and/or Literature Review Project)

The PL4020 module (20 credits) is a 12-16 week research-led, major component of the final year Physiology honours degree. I currently provide three lab-based projects relevant to, and informed by, my own lab-based research interests.

 



Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2014Shane Morley MASTER OF SCIENCEStudy of Intracellular Calcium Dynamics in Hippocampal Neurons from a Murine Model of Alzheimer’s Disease.
2015William Murphy University College CorkMASTER OF SCIENCEBio-Impedimetric and Electrophysiological Analysis to Screen Potential Anti-Cancer Compounds in Colon Cancer Treatment

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Jaisimha Anirudh Vinay Doctoral Degree
Kaar Aidan Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2017Learning and Memory PL4011Learning and Memory
2017Fundamentals of Medicine I GM1001Fundamentals of Medicine I

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Barry Boland Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University College CorkIRELAND
John Mackrill Department of Physiology, University College CorkIRELAND
Ken O'Halloran Department of Physiology, University College CorkIRELAND
Dervla O'Malley Department of Physiology, University College CorkIRELAND
Ahmad Ahmeda Department of Physiology, University College CorkIRELAND
Micheal Scanlon Chemistry Department, University College CorkIRELAND
Harriet Schellekens Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College CorkIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Geert Bultynck KU LeuvenBELGIUM
Aedin Monogue Trinity College DublinIRELAND
Gordon Munro Lundbeck, CopenhagenDENMARK
Katsuhiko Mikoshiba RIKEN Brain Science InstituteJAPAN
Eric Moore Tyndall National Institute, CorkIRELAND

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