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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Seminar: Prof 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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