Seminar: Professor Eve Marder

Variability, neuromodulation and robustness of neurons and networks
Friday 1 July @ 4 pm5:30 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.

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Seminar: Dr Sam Solomon

Roles and representations for visual motion
Tuesday 21 June @ 4 pm5:30 pm (Le Gros Clark Lecture Theatre)

Sam Solomon from UCL will speak about how motion is represented in marmosets and mice. His work uses large-scale multi-electrode recordings to investigate neural networks at each level of the visual pathway. He is particularly interested in how sensory signals interact with internal representations and model systems that can be developed using our knowledge of the visual system.

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Seminar: Associate Professor Daniel Polley

There and back again: Corticothalamic modulation of cortical sound processing
Tuesday 14 June @ 4 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)

Daniel Polley from the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories and Harvard Medical School will be speaking about corticothalamic modulation of cortical sound processing. His research group focuses on the mechanisms and therapeutic potential of brain plasticity, complex sound processing in humans, and particularly the reorganization of neural circuits in the auditory brain regions of mice.

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Seminar: Dr Douglas Fields

A new mechanism of nervous system plasticity: activity-dependent myelination
Wednesday 23 May @ 3 pm4:30 pm (Sherrington Library)

Douglas Fields from the NIH will be speaking about recent studies on activity-dependent myelination, their possible implications, and the potential for new research. His research group investigates the molecular mechanisms that enable neural impulse activity to regulate major developmental processes of both neurons and glia, with a particular interest in how changes in myelin could modify conduction velocity and optimize the timing of information transmission.

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Seminar: Dr Hannah Clarke

Is your glass half empty or half full? The role of medial prefrontal-hippocampal circuitry in negative emotion and cognition
Wednesday 18 May @ 4 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)

Hannah Clarke from the University of Cambridge will be speaking about the neural and neurochemical basis for negative emotional behaviour and their implications for psychiatric disorders. Her research group studies how the hippocampus and amygdala communicate with the medial prefrontal cortex to regulate emotion using approaches such as combining neuroimaging techniques with specific neurochemical manipulations.

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