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.
Social learning in songbirds: dissecting neural algorithms using behavioural experiments.
Monday 10 October @ 4 pm – 5:30 pm (TBC)
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.
Coding in high dimensional state space? A novel interpretation of cortical processing
Tuesday 12 July @ 4 pm – 5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)
Wolf Singer from the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Brain Research will speak about cortical processing, and in particular, the rapid integration of sensory evidence with stored priors. His research group focuses on neuronal processes that underlie higher cognitive functions in the mammalian cerebral cortex as well as their deterioration in disease.
Variability, neuromodulation and robustness of neurons and networks
Friday 1 July @ 4 pm – 5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)
Eve Marder from Brandeis University will speak about neural circuit dynamics and how they are modified by various parameters. With a focus on the central pattern generating circuits of the crustacean stomatogastric nervous system, her research group is particularly interested in how similar circuit outputs can arise via multiple mechanisms at different times or in different individuals.