Connecting European Neuroscience

Emma Yhnell

Communication committee member (2020 - 2022)

September 2019 – Present: Lecturer, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University.

October 2016 – August 2019: Research Fellow. Funded by the Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales. Based at the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI), Cardiff University.

January 2017 – July 2017: Consultant. Neem Biotechnology Ltd., Consultancy Work.

April 2016 – September 2016: Post-doctoral Researcher, Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute.

October 2015 - March 2016: Post-doctoral Researcher, Brain Repair Group, Cardiff University.

Dr Yhnell is a passionate and award winning science communicator. She has experience in expertise in public engagement, science communication and the public understanding of science.

She has strong experience in engaging with a range of audiences all over the world and communicating through a range of mediums and has won awards for her science writing as well as her in person talks and lectures.

2019: FameLab (International Science Communication Competition) Wales Winner, and UK Finalist

2019: Celebrating Excellence Awards – Cardiff University 2019 – Nominated for Excellence in Civic Mission & Rising Star

2019: MEDIC Star Awards, Cardiff University Finalist for Public Engagement Contribution.

2018: British Neuroscience Association Outstanding Public Engagement of Neuroscience Award.

2018: Charles Darwin British Science Festival Award Lecture, British Science Festival, Hull.

2017: Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER) Young Investigator Award.

2017: Womenspire Chwarae Teg Rising Star Finalist, Wales.

2017: Finalist Most Dedicated STEM Ambassador in Wales.

2016: Finalist, SET For Britain Awards, Westminster Parliament, London.

2015: The Biochemical Society Scienti􀂦c Communication Award Winner.

2013: Finalist for the Max Perutz Science Writing Award, MRC London.

Most Relevant Societal Roles:

In her lecturing role, she chairs several committees. 

Neuroscience, pedagogy and science communication. Her neuroscience research interests relate to neurodegenerative diseases, specifically Huntington's disease. 

1. Yhnell E., Furby H., Breen R., et al., The results of a randomised feasibility study of computerised cognitive training as a therapeutic intervention for people with Huntington’s disease (CogTrainHD). Accepted to Pilot and Feasibility Studies. May 2020.

2. Yhnell E., Smith, H., Walker, K., et al., WhyWeDoResearch: using social media effectively and positively as a tool to engage public, patients and healthcare staff in research. Research for All 2019 3(1), pp. 7-17 doi: 10.18546/RFA.03.1.02.

3. Yhnell E., Furby H., Breen R., et al., Exploring computerised cognitive training as a therapeutic intervention for people with Huntington's disease (CogTrainHD): study protocol for a feasibility study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies Pilot and feasibility studies 4.1 (2018): 45.

4. Yhnell E. Huntington’s disease: of mice and men. Oncotarget Editorial Neuroscience (2017)

5. Yhnell E., Dunnett S.B., & Brooks S.P. A Longitudinal Operant Assessment of Cognitive and Behavioural Changes in the HdhQ111 Mouse Model of Huntington's Disease. PloS one (2016) 11.10: e0164072.

6. Steventon J. Trueman R., Yhnell E., et al., In vivo MRI characterisation of progressive neuropathology in the HdhQ150 mouse model of Huntington’s disease. Scientific Reports (2016) 6(32423).

7. Yhnell E., Dunnett S.B., & Brooks S.P. A longitudinal motor characterisation of the HdhQ111 mouse model of Huntington’s disease. The Journal of Huntington’s Disease (2016) 5(2): 149-161.

8. Yhnell, E., Lelos M.J., Dunnett S.B.D., et al., Cognitive training improves disease symptoms in the HdhQ111 mouse model of Huntington’s disease. Experimental Neurology (2016) 282: 19-26.

9. Yhnell E., Dunnett S.B., & Brooks S.P. The utilisation of operant delayed matching and non-matching to position for probing cognitive flexibility and working memory in mouse models of Huntington's disease. Journal of Neuroscience Methods (2016) 265:72-80.

10. Yhnell E., Wood H., Baker M., Amici-Dargan S., Taylor C., Randerson P. & Shore A. The Impact of Attaining the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma on Academic Performance in Bioscience Higher Education. The International Journal of Science Education 38.1 (2016): 156-169

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