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Seminar: A/ Prof Andrew Hires
June 17 @ 16:00 - 17:00
The emergence of time, place, and shape across layer of primary somatosensory cortex.
Monday 17 June, 4pm at the Small Lecture Theatre, DPAG Sherrington Building, Oxford
The Cortex Club is excited to host Assistant Prof Samual Andrew Hires from the University of Southern California, who will be talking to us about his work on tactile representations in S1 cells. Please join us on June 17th, at the Small Lecture Theatre in the Sherrington Building of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Parks Road, Oxford.
A/ Prof Andrew Hires welcomes the opportunity to meet students and staff individually. If you would like to arrange a meeting please contact Raffaele Sarnataro at raffaele.sarnataro [at ] cncb.ox.ac.uk.
Please also join us at the pub after the talk, to which everybody is welcome. Register at: https://forms.gle/R6qnLt2YzHczPEdx8.
Primary somatosensory cortex (S1) is involved in extracting and interpreting information gathered through our sense of touch, but its precise functions and how they are accomplished remain poorly understood. One clue is that, like all areas of cortex, S1 is organized in layers of interconnected microcircuits. Using single unit electrophysiology and volumetric calcium imaging during quantitative behavior in head-fixed mice, we have mapped how tactile representations of timing, place, and shape are distributed across layers and cell-types of S1. We have also identified which aspects of these representations reorganize during learning of skilled tactile behaviors. Our work suggests circuit implementations of how sensory and motor information are combined across layers of S1 to generate tactile perception of our surroundings.