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.
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.
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.