Rhein Parri

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Research interests

In recent years it has become clear that in addition to their traditional roles as “housekeepers” of the brain’s environment, astrocytes can also signal to neurones using many of the mechanisms previously thought exclusive to neuronal transmission. The release of such transmitters as glutamate and ATP can elicit and affect neuronal excitability and modulate synaptic transmission.

The focus of my research group is on the mechanisms of astrocyte-neuron signalling in the thalamus, and how such signalling is involved in thalamic function. The techniques used are combined electrophysiological recording and Calcium imaging.

Teaching Activity

PH1401 (Module coordinator): Neuronal excitability, cardiovascular physiology, endocrinology, brain anatomy, respiration and blood pressure practical classes.
PH2501: Anaemia, haemostasis, inotropy, vasodilators.
PH3601: Dementia, affective disorders, Stroke.

Pharmacy Programme First year Tutor

Member of the Neurophysiology  & Clinical Neuroimaging Research Group

Employment

  • 2004- Lecturer in Pharmacology, Aston University.
  • 1995-2004 School of Biosciences, Cardiff University.
  • 1992-1995 Department of Pharmacology, University of California at San Francisco.
  • 1988-1992 Department of Neurophysiology, Southampton University.

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Life & Health Sciences

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  1. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience (Journal)

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  2. PLoS ONE (Journal)

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  3. Chinese Journal of Physiology (Journal)

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