The Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford opened in April 2015. The Unit is uniquely multidisciplinary and integrates exceptional research programmes covering clinical, experimental and computational neuroscience. The Unit's collective goal is to understand and exploit the moment-to-moment interactions between nerve cells that are critical for brain functions, with a special focus on the brain circuits underlying movement and memory. In achieving this, the Unit aims to develop and deliver novel therapies that specifically target the disturbed circuit interactions arising in disease. In 2018, the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit won Understanding Animal Research’s 2018 Openness Award for Public Engagement Activity. The Unit have been involved in discussions with the Engagement and Involvement strand of The Animal Research Nexus, helping us understand how scientists and research facilities engage with public groups and involve patient groups in conversations about animal research.