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Measuring & Modulating Brain Networks in Brain Health Disorders


A one-day meeting on 'measuring & modulating brain networks in brain health disorders' will be held at the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham on the 8th November 2017.

If you are interested to find out more &/or would like to register for the event please email Prof Stephen Jackson directly (Stephen.Jackson@nottingham.ac.uk) and he will then send you a personal email through Eventbright which should allow you to register.

Please note however that space is limited to 80 people so please make contact soon if you want to come.

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A new work on a forgotten neuroscientist...




On 19 October Malcolm Macmillan from the School of Psychological Sciences of the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia had his Snowy Campbell: Australian Pioneer Investigator of the Human Brain published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in Melbourne.

Beginning in 1901 Campbell began investigating the cytoarchitectonic structure of the whole human brain and published his findings between then and 1904.  In 1905, when his Histological Studies on the Localisation of Cerebral Function was published by the Royal Society (London) it immediately made him the world authority on the subject.  By the 1930s his work was overshadowed by the similar but later work of Korbinian Brodmann.  Today he and his work are barely known even in Australia.

Although Campbell left no diaries, letters, or drafts of his papers Macmillan presents much information about his life and education in Australia, his life as a medical student in Edinburgh, and his research career and personal life in Britain and Australia.  Born in Murrumburrah NSW in 1868, Campbell entered Edinburgh’s medical school at age seventeen by way of an entrance examination set at the level of a Bachelor’s degree.  Before graduating he decided on a career in what was then called ‘mental science.’  After graduation he visited the most advanced centres in Vienna and Prague where a largely neurologically based psychiatry was beginning to emerge.  In Prague, Campbell completed his M.D. research which Edinburgh judged worthy of competing for a Gold Medal.  In 1892, he was appointed to the Lancashire County Lunatic Asylum at Rainhill near Liverpool where he worked until 1905.

Campbell returned to Australia in late 1905, after his main work was published.  He then married and established himself as a neurologist.  He investigated the localisation of function in the cerebellum and, for Sherrington, in the brain of the gorilla, and published on a range of little-understood neurological conditions.  During WWI Campbell dealt with the neurological casualties from Gallipoli in a Cairo army hospital, and wrote a most perceptive paper on neuroses in war.  After the War he joined a group investigating what is now known as Murray Valley Encephalitis.

The price of the book is $Au44.00 and is available from Australian Scholarly Publishing [enquiry@scholarly.info]

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