Connecting European Neuroscience

Megan Carey

Ordinary member, Programme Committee FENS Forum 2016

Curriculum Vitae

Professional and academic career


2005             PhD,   University of California, San Francisco, USA

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


Professional experience

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

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


Honours and awards

2014            European Research Council Starting Grant

2012-2017   Howard Hughes Medical Institute 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

2014-present   Co-organizer, Champalimaud Neuroscience Colloquium series

2011   Chair, Scientific Committee, Inaugural Champalimaud Neuroscience Symposium


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

  • 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. (2009). Noradrenergic control of associative synaptic plasticity by selective modulation of instructive signals.  Neuron 62:112-122. 
  • 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

Phone: +351 210480107
Fax: +351 210480299
E-mail: megan.carey