On 7 August 2012, QBI will host the distinguished international scientist, Professor Mriganka Sur, Newton Professor of Neuroscience, Director of the Simons Center for the Social Brain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. Professor Sur will talk about brain wiring and brain disorders.

Professor Mriganka Sur, FRS

Professor Mriganka Sur studies the organisation, development and plasticity of the cerebral cortex of the brain using experimental and theoretical approaches. He has discovered fundamental principles by which networks of the cerebral cortex are wired during development and change dynamically during learning. His laboratory has identified gene networks underlying cortical plasticity, and pioneered high resolution imaging methods to study cells, synapses and circuits of the intact brain. Recently, his group has demonstrated novel mechanisms underlying disorders of brain development, and proposed innovative strategies for treating such disorders.

Professor Sur received the B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1974 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, in 1978. He has received numerous awards and honours, including the Charles Judson Herrick Award of the American Association of Anatomists, the A.P. Sloan Fellowship, the McKnight Development Award, the Hans-Lukas Teuber Scholar Award, the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, the Sigma Xi Lectureship, and the Foundation Day Medal of the National Brain Research Center, India. At MIT, he has received awards for outstanding teaching and been recognized with the Sherman Fairchild and Newton Chairs. He has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of the UK, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Neuroscience Research Program, the National Academy of Sciences, India, the Rodin Academy, Sweden, and the Third World Academy of Sciences.

Dr David Merson

The lecture is named in honour of Dr David Merson, member of the QBI Advisory Board, whose philanthropic sponsorship of this lecture is indicative of a growing community interest in neuroscience and the cutting-edge research that is being done in the area of neurological and mental diseases. Dr Merson, who was the founder of Mincom Ltd (from which he retired in 2002), has become director of a number of Australian software companies, research institutes and charitable bodies. His achievements have been recognised with an Honorary Doctorate from UQ, a Centenary Medal from the Australian Government, the Export Hero Award from the Australian Institute of Export, the inaugural Gold Medal of the Australian Information Technology Association and the inaugural CSIRO iAward for individual achievement in the IT industry.

The Merson lecture is an annual event, with the inaugural lecture having been presented in 2009 by Professor Giacomo Rizzolatti, Professor of Human Physiology at the University of Parma, Italy.


When: Tuesday 7 August 2012
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm, followed by a cocktail party
Where: Auditorium, Level 7, Queensland Brain Institute, Building 79, Upland Road, The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus
RSVP: Please register your attendance for the lecture and the cocktail party by calling 07-3346 6353 or by e-mailing events@qbi.uq.edu.au

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