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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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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