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Mark Hughes, Edinburgh Clinical Academic Training PhD student at the University of Edinburgh

What is the focus of your PhD?

Enhanced understanding of neuronal networks is fundamental to comprehending how seemingly autonomous neurons and glia perform in unison to direct behaviour. Current understanding of this aspect of CNS function is in its infancy, profoundly limiting our ability to treat neurological diseases such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. My project involves development of a novel cell-patterning technology (using deposition and photolithographic patterning of parylene-C on SiO2) to guide adhesion of neuronal cell types along predetermined pathways. In parallel, I am developing techniques enabling stimulation and recording from patterned networks.

Why did you want to do a ‘paperless’ PhD?

The potential exists to do almost everything electronically so why complicate matters with paper?

How were you introduced to eCAT?

One of my supervisors suggested using eCAT from the outset of my PhD.

What do you use eCAT for?

I use eCAT as place to articulate thoughts (e.g. experimental design, planning a supervisor meeting) and as a place to summarise (and sometimes store) findings and important data.

How does eCAT help you?

eCAT encourages me to work systematically and is a reliable place to store information. As my PhD goes on, being able to interrogate previous work in the eCAT framework will be very helpful.


You can watch Mark’s presentation, “eCAT for a 1st year PhD student“, here.

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