David’s research funded by the BBSRC contributes to the Ageing Mind cluster. The aim of this project is to build a functioning model of the most basic functions of the human brain. Using human stem cells, biological neuronal networks (bNNs) will be constructed which should be able to store information as well as process data through a network of cells. The in vitro model being developed by Dr Nagel will be the only human in vitro model which will study human memory, learning, neuronal ageing and degeneration. The multidisciplinary nature of this project is unique in that it combines the expertise of diverse collaborators from Oxford and Cambridge Universities such as mathematicians, chemical and electrical engineers, neuronal network computer engineers and neurophysiologists as well as cell and molecular biologists at Aston.