Christmas Seminar: Professor Fritjof Helmchen

Neural imaging neocortical dynamics during a tactile discrimination task
Thursday 26 November @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library, DPAG)

Professor Fritjof HelmchenFritjof Helmchen from the Brain Research Institute at the University of Zurich will be speaking at the first of our three Christmas Seminars on directly observing neuronal population dynamics in mice during specific behaviours. His research group has built a novel multi-area microscope to measure local population activity in two distant areas simultaneously and has recently published results suggesting that learning-related changes in the mouse whisker primary somatosensory cortex enhance sensory representations in a pathway-specific manner, providing downstream areas with task-relevant information for behaviour.

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Seminar: Professor Daniel Salzman

Neural mechanisms for the genesis, expression, and control of emotional behaviour
Monday 12 October @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm (Le Gros Clark Lecture Theatre)

Professor Daniel Salzman MD PhDDaniel_Salzman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Kavli Institute for Brain Science at the Columbia University School of Medicine will be speaking at our first event for the academic year on the neural mechanisms that give particular sensory stimuli emotional value. His research group has developed a genetic strategy identifying the representations of rewarding and aversive unconditioned stimuli (US) in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) of mice and has recently published results suggesting that neural representations of conditioned and unconditioned stimuli are ultimately connected to US-responsive cells in the BLA to give rise to both innate and learned responses.

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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.