The Cortex Club connects researchers at the University of Oxford with world-leading neuroscientists through a unique educational forum dealing with cutting-edge topics and significant challenges in neuroscience. Our events range from small intense debates with up-and-coming scientists to large discussion sessions led by internationally prominent speakers, followed by the opportunity to ask them questions over drinks.
Probabilistic models of sensorimotor control and decision making
Friday 10 February @ 3 pm – 4:30 pm (Lecture Theatre, Le Gros Clark Building)
Daniel Wolpert from the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge will discuss his research on the computational principles underlying sensorimotor control at the Cortex Club on Friday, 10 February. Please note that there is a change to our usual start time which will be 3pm instead of 4pm.
The science of laughter
Monday 9 January @ 4 pm – 5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)
Sophie Scott from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London will discuss her research on the neural basis and functions of laughter at the Cortex Club on Monday, 9 January. She is particularly interested in the neural basis of vocal communication, the expression of emotion in the voice, and individual differences in speech perception.
Neuroscience Model Organisms Panel
Thursday 15 December @ 11 am – 1 pm (Oxford Centre for Gene Function)
Prof Gero Miesenböck, Prof Heidi Johansen-Berg, Prof Andrew Parker & Prof David Bannerman will debate the abilities of different model systems to help address the major goals of modern neuroscience at the Cortex Club on Thursday, 15th of December.
Sleep: so familiar, so elusive
Thursday 8 December @ 4 pm – 5:30 pm (Le Gros Clarke Building)
Vlad Vyazovskiy from the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford will discuss his research on the function of sleep at the Cortex Club on Thursday, 8th of December.
Schreckstoff and the regulation of brain state
Wednesday 30 November @ 4 pm – 5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)
Suresh Jesuthasan from the A*Star – Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore will discuss his research at the Cortex Club on Wednesday 30 November. It is known that the skin of some fish produces a substance that can induce terror in other species. During the talk, Suresh Jesuthasan will discuss the nature of the substance, and some insights his group has gained into the neural circuits mediating these effects.