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.
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.
I am therefore I think
Wednesday 23 November @ 4 pm – 5:30 pm (Le Gros Clark Lecture Theatre)
Karl Friston from University College London (UCL) will discuss his research at the Cortex Club on Wednesday 23 November. Friston currently works on models of functional integration in the human brain and the principles that underlie neuronal interactions. His main contribution to theoretical neurobiology is a free-energy principle for action and perception (active inference).
Social learning in songbirds: dissecting neural algorithms using behavioural experiments.
Monday 10 October @ 4 pm – 5:30 pm (Le Gros Clark Lecture Theatre)
Richard Hahnloser from the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich will discuss his research at the Cortex Club on Monday 10 October. He is interested in computational goals involving sensory inputs and motor outputs, and his research group studies vocal production and vocal learning in songbirds using reductionist experimental and theoretical approaches.
Sleep and cortical plasticity: living the dream
Tuesday 13 September @ 4 pm – 5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)
Marcos Frank from Washington State University will discuss his research at the Cortex Club on Tuesday 13 September. He is interested in the regulation and function of sleep in developing and adult animals, particularly in relation to brain plasticity and the role of glia. His research group is working towards determining the role of sleep in the development of central visual pathways as well as the role of glia in the accumulation and discharge of sleep pressure and synaptic plasticity.
Decoding dynamic cognitive processes from neural ensembles
Monday 1 August @ 4 pm – 5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)
Jonathan Wallis from the Department of Psychology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley will speak about the activity of neural ensembles in the orbitofrontal cortex during decision-making. His research group focuses on how goals are represented in the prefrontal cortex at the single neuron level and how decisions are in turn controlled by these goals.