£800,000 grant to Bernhard Staresina to study human memory during ‘offline’ periods

How does the brain transform brief experiences into lasting memory traces? Dr. Staresina has been awarded the prestigious Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, conjointly funded by the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust, to investigate episodic memory processes during post-learning offline periods. These time windows (entailing both sleep and awake rest) appear to constitute a critical period for new memory traces to solidify. Dr. Staresina’s research will employ intracranial Electroencephalography (iEEG), high-field functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) to systematically elucidate how the hippocampus, a key region for intact memory, processes previous experiences during offline periods and re-distributes them throughout the brain in the service of successful memory formation.