Dr. Szu-Han Wang
Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
Tel: +44(0) 131 242 6211

 


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E-mail: S.Wang@ed.ac.uk

Research Interests
I am passionate about understanding how learning and memory is formed and its underlying brain mechanisms. Currently, I am investigating how memory consolidation and reconsolidation occurs in the brain (e.g. the hippocampus, amygdala and frontal cortex), how prior experience affects subsequent learning, and how peri-learning events affect memory persistence. Together, these studies point to an integrated view on the learning and memory process instead of treating it as an isolated event. This view has major implication in translating preclinical models to clinical studies and in stimulating treatments for memory-related disorders. My research involves multiple approaches such as developing and implementing behavioural models, central and peripheral cannulation or catheterisation, pharmacological application, and in vivo (functional MRI) and in vitro (immunohistochemistry) bran imaging. 

Key Publications
Wang SH*, Finnie P*, Hardt O and Nader K (2012) Dorsal hippocampus is necessary for novel learning but sufficient for subsequent similar learning. Hippocampus 22:2157-70. * equal contribution.
Wang SH and Morris RGM. (2010) Hippocampal-neocortical interactions in memory formation, consolidation, and reconsolidation. Annual Review of Psychology 61:49-70, C1-4.
Wang SH, Redondo R and Morris RGM. (2010) Relevance of synaptic tagging and capture to the persistence of long-term potentiation and everyday spatial memory. Proceedings of National Academy of Science 107:19537-42.
Wang SH, de Oliveira Alvares L and Nader K. (2009) Cellular and systems mechanisms of memory strength as a constraint on auditory fear reconsolidation. Nature Neuroscience 12:905-12.
Wang SH
, Teixeira CM, Wheeler AL, Frankland PW (2009) The precision of remote context memories does not require the hippocampus. Nature Neuroscience 12:253-5.