Seminar: Professor Christian Lüscher

The emergence of a circuit model for addiction
Friday 6 May @ 4 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)

Christian Lüscher from the University of Geneva will be speaking about the development of a circuit model for addiction. His research group studies the cellular mechanisms that underlie drug reinforcement and addiction, with the belief that addiction can be understood as a sequence of neuroadaptive changes starting in the mesolimbic system and expanding to other parts of the brain with chronic use.

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Seminar: Dr Adam Kampff

What does cortex do (in a rat)?
Friday 29 April @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm (Le Gros Clarke Lecture Theatre)

Adam Kampff from University College London will be discussing outstanding questions on the function of the cortex for different behaviours and in different animals. His research group investigates the role of the rodent cortex in learning and behaviour by designing new behavioural assays and electrical recording technologies, with the eventual aim of implementing general principles in machines.

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Seminar: Dr Marco Tamietto

Not blind to emotion: neural mechanisms of emotion recognition without awareness and visual cortex
Tuesday 22 March @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm (Le Gros Clarke Lecture Theatre)

Marco Tamietto from Tilburg University will be speaking on whether emotion recognition can arise in individuals who lack a functional primary visual cortex. He was part of a collaboration that recently published results that a patient suffering from complete, bilateral damage to his primary visual cortex was nonetheless able to process the looming motion of lights in other regions of the brain.

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Seminar: Professor Andreas Schaefer

Odour representation in the awake mouse and a scalable approach to neural recordings in vivo
Friday 18 March @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)

Professor Andreas Schaefer from the Francis Crick Institute will be speaking on how wakefulness influences neuronal activity in the olfactory system of mice. His research group has recently published results that a previously overlooked subpopulation of mitral/tufted cells in the mouse brain can strongly influence the olfactory bulb, even though whole-cell recordings found a third of these cells to be ‘silent’.

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Seminar: Professor Johannes Gräff

Recent insights into remote fear memory attenuation
Thursday 10 March @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)

Professor Johannes Gräff from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne will be speaking on how remote fear memories can be persistently attenuated by using histone deacetylase inhibitors during reconsolidation. He has recently published the first research successfully attenuating remote fear responses in an animal model of traumatic memories.

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