Seminar: Dr Mario de Bono

Decoding neural circuits encoding global animal states
Thursday 4 February @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)

Dr Mario de BonoMario de Bono from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge will be speaking at the first of our seminars for 2016 on decoding neural circuits that encode global animal states. His research group studies the neural circuits in C. elegans with a particular focus on neuropeptides and the integration of responses to sensory stimuli, having recently published results decoding a neural circuit that reprograms the global state of C. elegans due to increased oxygen levels.

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Christmas Seminar: Dr Georg Keller

Sensory processing in the visual cortex
Thursday 10 December @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm (Le Gros Clark Lecture Theatre)

Dr Georg KellerGeorg Keller from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research will be speaking at the last of our three Christmas Seminars on sensory processing in the visual cortex. His research group investigates the principles underlying sensory processing in the visual cortex and has recently published results demonstrating two-photon calcium imaging in mice navigating a virtual reality environment.

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Christmas Seminar: Prof Troy Margrie

Cellular dissection of neuronal circuit function
Wednesday 2 December @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library, DPAG)

Professor Troy MargrieTroy Margrie from University College London will be speaking at the second of our three Christmas Seminars on the cellular dissection of neuronal circuit function. His research group has recently published results suggesting that widespread vestibular activation of the cortex in rodents is needed to support their internal representations of space.

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Christmas Seminar: Prof 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: Prof 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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