JANUARY 2009

Wednesday, 21 January — Dr Anders Nykjaer 
Professor of Biochemistry, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Sortilin - Live or Let Die?

Monday, 2 February — Professor John Rubenstein 
Department of Psychiatry, UCSF, San Francisco, US
Forebrain Patterning

Wednesday, 4 February — Professor Justin Marshall
School of Biomedical Sciences/ Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
A new form of vision - but why? Circular polarization vision

Wednesday, 11 February — Dr Antony Cooper
Garvan Institute, Sydney
Parkinson's Disease - Identifying the sub-cellular causes

Friday, 13 February — Dr Stephen Williams
Neurobiology Division, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
Electrically Distributed Neurons

Wednesday, 18 February — Dr Guy Wallis 
School of Human Movement Studies/ Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
In search of a cortical blueprint for object analysis

Wednesday, 25 February — Professor Mayank Mehta
Department of Neuroscience, Brown University, US
Synaptic plasticity, place cell plasticity, oscillations and sleep

Wednesday, 4 March — Dr Christopher Chambers 
BBSRC David Phillips Fellow, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, UK
Neural mechanisms of attention: Insights from TMS and concurrent TMS-fMRI

Thursday, 12 March — Dr Klaus M Stiefel 
Theoretical and Experimental Neurobiology Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Single Neuron Computation

Wednesday, 18 March — Professor Phillip Robinson 
Professor in Medicine University of Sydney, Head, Cell Signalling Unit, Children’s Medical Research Institute
Dynamin and synaptic vesicle endocytosis in nerve terminals

Toshiya Yamada Memorial Lecture
Tuesday, 24 March — 
Professor Martyn Goulding 
Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, The Salk Institute, La Jolla, USA
Going walkabout in the spinal cord: genetic approaches for unravelling the neural networks that control locomotion

Wednesday, 25 March — Dr Luli Faber 
NHMRC R Douglas Wright Fellow, Prefrontal Cortex Lab, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Mechanisms regulating synaptic excitability in the prefrontal cortex

Wednesday, 1 April — Dr Angelique Paulk
Visual Neuroscience, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Visual processing in the insect brain

Wednesday, 8 April —  Dr Joanne Britto
Senior Research Officer, Brain Development Laboratory, Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne
Travelling neurons- constructing the cerebral cortex

Wednesday, 8 April — Dr Soo-Siang Lim
Director and Chair of the Coordinating Committee, Science of Learning Centers Program, US National Science Foundation, US
The Science of Learning Centres

Wednesday, 15 April — Mr Duncan Mortimer
Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Designing the optimal growth cone

Wednesday, 22 April — Associate Professor Dan Minor
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology University of California, US
Structural insights into ion channel function and regulation

Wednesday, 29 April — Dr Elliot Ludvig
Department of Computing Science, The University of Alberta, US
Real-time Prediction Machines: How Animals Learn to Anticipate the Future

Wednesday, 6 May — Dr Michael Piper
Cortical Development and Axon Guidance Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Nfia regulates cortical glial development via antagonism of the Notch effector Hes1

Thursday, 7 May  — Professor George Augustine
Professor of Neurobiology, School of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Synaptic biophotonics: Novel optogenetic methods for defining brain circuitry

Wednesday, 13 May  — Professor John McGrath
Director, Epidemiology and Developmental Neurobiology, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, Head of QBI Schizophrenia Group, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Advanced paternal age and neurodevelopmental disorders - linking epidemiology with neurobiology

Monday, 18 May
Australia - China Workshop on Neuroscience and Cognition between Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland and Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, 20 May  — Dr James Crane
Research Fellow Synaptic Plasticity Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Aversive stimuli synchronize neuronal activity and reset oscillatory phase in the basolateral amygdala


Wednesday, 27 May  — Associate Professor Mark Bellgrove
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):  Linking attentional phenotypes to candidate genes

Wednesday, 3 June  — Professor Matt Brown
Professor of Immunogenetics, Diamantina Institute, The University of Queensland
Common disease genetics in the era of genomewide association studies


Wednesday, 17 June —  Associate Professor Ross Cunnington
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland 
The perception of action and the mirror neuron system

Wednesday, 24 June — Ms Divya Unni
Cortical Development and Axon Guidance Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Slits regulate glial development and corpus callosum formation

Tuesday, 7 July Professor Ben Oldroyd
Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects Lab, University of Sydney
Searching for a gene for altruism. Genomic studies of anarchistic honey bees

Tuesday, 7 July  Associate Professor Madeleine Beekman
Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects Lab, University of Sydney
What maintains the natural honeybee hybrid zone in South Africa?

Monday, 13 July — Professor Tom Albright
Professor and Director Vision Center Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, California, US
Adapting to Environmental Change: Lessons from Color-Opponency in the Primate Visual System

Tuesday, 14 July
Corpus Callosum Development and Disorders Workshop

15 July — Dr Elliott Sherr
Pediatric Neurologist, UCSF Children's Hospital, San Fransisco, US
Building a brain – developmental and genetic causes of epilepsy and agenesis of the corpus callosum

Friday, 17 July — Professor Wieland Huttner
Director, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
Neurogenesis and the cell biology of neural stem and progenitor cells

Wednesday, 22 July — Associate Professor Geoff Goodhill
Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Building a Brain – wiring the brain

Wednesday, 29 July — Professor Seong-Seng Tan
Senior Principal Research Fellow, Brain Development Laboratory, Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne
Building a Brain - harm minimization following injury

Wednesday, 5 August — Professor Dennis O'Leary
Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, California, US
Building a Brain – building the cerebral cortex

Thursday, 13 August — Prof. Michael T. Shipley
University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA
Building a Brain – deciphering functional circuits in the brain

Wednesday, 19 August — Dr John Power
Synaptic Plasticity Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Neuronal Calcium Waves: What do they do?

Thursday, 27 August — Professor Harvey Whiteford
Peter Goodenough Memorial Lecture
Kratzmann Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Queensland
The Global Burden of Neuropsychiatric Disorders

 

 

 



Friday, 28 August -

 

Professor Claes WahlestedtDepartment of Molecular and Integrative Neurosciences, The Scripps Research Institute, Florida, US
Regulatory RNAs in CNS Disorders

Friday, 28 August - Ms Vilija Jokubaitis
Multiple Sclerosis Group, Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne
Identification and characterisation of Dab2 - a novel regulator of microglial activation

Monday, 31 August — Dr Volker Neugebauer
Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program, The University of Texas, Medical Branch, US
Amygdalo-cortical plasticity in pain

 

Wednesday, 2 September — Professor Herbert Herzog
Director, Neuroscience Research Program, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney
Central control of energy homeostasis via the Neuropeptite Y system

3-4 September
Charles Watson Short Course

7-8 September
Frontiers in Spinal Cord Research

Wednesday, 9 September — Professor Darwin Berg
Professor of Biology, Section of Neurobiology, University of California San Diego, US
Organizing nicotinic input and using it to control glutamate synapse formation in brain

Tuesday, 15 September — Dr Kaylene Young
Research Fellow, Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, University College London, UK
The life of an oligo progenitor - from birth to old age

Wednesday, 16 SeptemberProfessor Bryan Mowry
Executive Director and Director of Genetics, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research
Adjunct Professor Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Towards identifying genetic variants predisposing to schizophrenia

Tuesday, 6 October — Dr. Jochen Zeil
Visual Sciences Group, Research School of Biology, The Australian National University
View-based Homing


Wednesday, 7 October — Ms DanaKai Bradford
Neural Migration Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Studies in Differentiation and Migration in the Adult Mammalian Brain with emphasis on the multi-functional receptor Neogenin


Wednesday, 14 October Dr Tara Walker
Research Associate, Neural Plasticity Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Activation of a latent hippocampal stem cell: identifying factors that regulate adult hippocampal neurogenesis

 


Wednesday, 28 October — Mr Benjamin Sivyer
ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision Science, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
A retinal ganglion cell that breaks all the rules

 

Wednesday, 4 November —  Assistant Professor Kang Shen
Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, US
Molecular mechanisms of synapse formation and axonal transport


Thursday, 5 NovemberProfessor Giacomo Rizzolatti
Inaugural Merson Lecture
Department of Neurosciences, Universita' Degli Studi Di Parma, Italy
The mirror mechanism: a neural mechanism to understand others

Thursday, 12 NovemberProfessor Anirvan Ghosh
Professor and Chair, Section of Neurobiology, University of California San Diego, US
Regulation of synaptic specificity in a developing neural circuit

 

 

Wednesday, 18 November - Professor Peter Gunning
Principal Research Fellow, NHMRC Head Oncology Research Unit and Department of Pharmacology School of Medical Sciences University of New South Wales
Regulation of neuronal morphogenesis by the actin cytoskeleton


Wednesday, 25 NovemberProfessor Michael A. Arbib
Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Southern California, US
Template Construction Grammar and the Description of Visual Scenes

Wednesday, 25 NovemberDr Christine Wells
Research Fellow, Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Studies, Griffith University
Networking through the nose