Connecting European Neuroscience

Megan Carey

Programme Committee Member FENS Forum 2018

Curriculum Vitae


Academic Positions

2010-present Group Leader, Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Lisbon, Portugal

2005-2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, MA, USA Education

2005 PhD, University of California, San Francisco, USA

1996/1997 BA, MA, Wesleyan University, CT, USA.


Honours and awards

2016-2020 FENS Kavli Scholar

2015-2020 ERC Starting Grant

2012-2017 HHMI International Early Career Scientist

2006-2009 Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow

2005 Krevans Distinguished Dissertation Award for the most outstanding PhD thesis at UCSF. 


General administrative and organisational experience

2015– Member, RISE (Research, Innovation and Science Experts) High-Level Advisory Group to the European Commission

2016– Editorial Board, Scientific Reports

2017 Gordon Research Conference on the Cerebellum, co-Vice Chair

2016/2017 Cosyne: Computational & Systems Neuroscience, Utah, USA. Program Committee/General co-Chair

2016 Champalimaud Neuroscience Symposium, co-Chair

2016 FENS Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark. Program Committee Member

2011 Inaugural Champalimaud Neuroscience Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal. Chair

Research interests

We aim to understand how activity is orchestrated within neural circuits to control behavior. We focus on the cerebellum, a brain area that is critical for coordinated motor control and motor learning. The cerebellar circuit is highly organized and consists of identified cell types with known synaptic connectivity. We dissect cerebellar circuit function in mice by using genetic tools to manipulate specific neuronal populations and examining the effects on neural circuit activity and motor output.

Selected publications

Machado AS, Darmohray DM, Fayad J, Marques HG, Carey MR. (2015). A quantitative framework for whole-body coordination reveals specific deficits in freely walking ataxic mice. eLife 4:e07892. DOI: 10.7554/eLife. 07892.

Pritchett D, Carey MR. (2014). A matter of trial and error for motor learning. Trends in Neurosciences 37:465-566.

Albergaria C, Carey MR. (2014). All Purkinje cells are not created equal. eLife 3:e03285. DOI: 10.7554/eLife. 03285

Carey MR. (2011). Synaptic mechanisms of sensorimotor learning in the cerebellum. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 21:609-615.

Carey MR, Myoga MH, McDaniels KM, Marsicano G, Lutz B, Mackie K, Regehr WG. (2011). Presynaptic CB1 receptors regulate synaptic plasticity at cerebellar parallel fiber synapses. Journal of Neurophysiology 105:958-963.

Carey MR, Regehr, WG. (2010). Phosphatase activity controls the ups and downs of cerebellar learning.  Neuron 67:525-526.

Carey MR, Regehr WG. (2009). Noradrenergic control of associative synaptic plasticity by selective modulation of instructive signals. Neuron 62:112-122.

Regehr WG, Carey MR, Best AR. (2009). Activity-dependent regulation of synapses by retrograde messengers.  Neuron 63:154-170.

Kim JC, Cook MN, Carey MR, Shen C, Regehr WG, Dymecki SM. (2009). Linking genetically defined neurons to behavior through a broadly applicable silencing allele.  Neuron 63:305-315.

Carey MR, Medina JF, Lisberger SG. (2005). Instructive signals for motor learning from visual cortical area MT. Nature Neuroscience 8:813-819.

Medina JF, Carey MR, Lisberger SG. (2005). The representation of time for motor learning. Neuron 45:157-167.

Carey MR, Lisberger SG. (2004). Signals that modulate gain control for smooth pursuit eye movements in monkeys. Journal of Neurophysiology 91:623-631.

Carey M, Lisberger S. (2002). Embarrassed, but not depressed: eye opening lessons for cerebellar learning. Neuron 35:223-226.

Bodznick D, Montgomery JC, Carey M. (1999). Adaptive mechanisms in the elasmobranch hindbrain. Journal of Experimental Biology 202:1357-1364.  

Megan Carey

Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme
Av. de Brasília
1400-038 Lisbon