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: Prof 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: Prof 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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Seminar: Prof Simon Baron-Cohen

The prenatal sex steroid theory of autism
Friday 26 February @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen from the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge will be speaking on how prenatal sex steroid hormones may affect males more often than females. His research group has found the Δ4 sex steroid pathway to be implicated and has recently published results providing the first direct evidence of elevated foetal steroidogenic activity in autism.

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Seminar: Dr Adam Packer

All-optical interrogation of neural circuits
Thursday 18 February @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm (Sherrington Library)

Dr Adam PackerAdam Packer from University College London will be speaking at this seminar about an entirely optical strategy for manipulating and recording the activity of multiple neurons in vivo with cellular resolution. He has recently published his method with proof-of-principle experiments in mouse barrel cortex for simultaneous two-photon optogenetic activation and calcium imaging.

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