Staff Profile:Dr Lydia Hanna

Dr Lydia Hanna
Job Title:
Lecturer in Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Areas of Interest:

My research has focused on understanding the function of two key brain structures: the hippocampus, which is vital for learning and memory related processes, and the hypothalamus, which serves as a control centre, keeping in balance our basic and yet essential subconsciously-driven biological functions.

Using a combination of powerful neurophysiological recording techniques, including intracellular patch clamp and extracellular multi-electrode array methods, I have investigated:

  • The hypothalamic neurocircuitry involved in the regulation of systemic metabolism and glucose homeostasis (2016-2018: Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, Medical Research Council funding).
  • The functional properties of an interconnected network of retinorecipient nuclei involved in non-image forming vision. Specifically, the suprachiasmatic nuclei and their pivotal role in the generation of circadian rhythms (2013-2016: Research Associate at the University of Manchester, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council funding).
  • The pharmacology and function(s) of the group II metabotropic glutamate receptors in the temporo-ammonic pathway of the hippocampus (2008-2012: PhD at the University of Bristol MRC centre for Synaptic Plasticity in collaboration with Eli Lilly Ltd).

My current research aim is to define the neurophysiological consequences of hypothalamic dysfunction in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease.

I also currently teach on the MPharm programme, focussing mainly on diabetes and musculoskeletal therapeutics (module PM3B: Therapeutics and Medicines Optimisation E).

Research groups / Centres:
School of Pharmacy, Pharmacology Group
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Lydia Hanna Staff Profile

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+44 (0) 118 378 8209
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