January


Wednesday, 25 January Professor James Bamburg
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
ADF / cofilin in neuronal development and disease

Wednesday, 25 January Professor Simon Laughlin
Cambridge Neuroscience, University of Cambridge
What makes brains energy efficient?
Please note the special time 4:00 - 5:00PM

Friday, 27 January — Ilan Gobius
Cortical Development and Axon Guidance, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensaland
The role of commissural plate glia, Slit and FGF protein family members in forebrain commissure formation


February


Friday, 03 February Professor Gregor Thut
Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow. UK
Interacting with human brain oscillations by rhythmic TMS to change attention and perception

Wednesday, 08 February — Daniel Avesar
Dartmouth College, United States
Selective serotonergic modulation of cortical pyramidal neurons

Monday, 13  February Dr Nicholas Priebe
School of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
Disrupting ocular integration in primary visual cortex

Wednesday, 15 February Dr Christine Jasoni
Senior Lecturer Department of Anatomy, University of Otago, New Zealand
You are what you your mother eats: Effects of maternal diet on fetal hypothalamic circuitry development

Wednesday, 22 February — Clare Giacomantonio
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Creating the cortex: mechanisms of cortical development

Wednesday, 29 February — Dr Qiongyi Zhao
Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Genomic and transcriptomic applications based on NextGen Sequencing 


March


Wednesday, 7 March Professor Barry Dickson
Scientific Director, Senior Scientist, Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Austria
Wired for sex: the neurobiology of Drosophila courtship behaviour

Wednesday, 14 March Associate Professor Ross Cunnington
Cognitive Neuroscience, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Brain processes underlying the planning and perception of actions.

Tuesday, 20 March — Dr Rebecca Nisbet (Special time 1:00 – 2:00PM)
OCE Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Melbourne
Controlling the Uncontrollable: Using Scaffold Proteins to Stabilise the Amyloid-β Peptide

Wednesday, 21 March Dr Surya Singh
Senior Lecturer (Mechatronics), School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland
Moving Naturally: Agile Motion Analysis and Generation

Wednesday, 28 March Professor Murat Yucel
Centre for Youth Mental Health, Melbourne Neuropsychiatry, The University of Melbourne
The impact of cannabis use on cognitive functioning and brain structure: implications for understanding the neural basis of psychosis


April


Wednesday, 04  April —  Dr Martin How
Sensory Neurobiology Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Whole-field polarisation vision in crustaceans

Wednesday, 11 April Luke Hammond
Microscopy Services Manager, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Microscopy in the Age of Complexity

Tuesday, 17 April Professor Grant Morahan
Diabetes Research Foundation Professor, Centre for Medical REsearch, University of Western Australia.
Powerful new resources for discovery of genes for complex traits

Wednesday, 18 April Associate Professor Elizabeth Coulson
Nerve Cell Survival, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
A central role for cholinergic dysfunction in cognitive decline and neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease.

Tuesday, 24 April — Associate Professor Jack Waters
Department of Physiology, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
Activation of nicotinic receptors on deep-layer neocortical pyramidal neurons by synaptically-released ACh.

Wednesday, 25 April — NO SEMINAR - PUBLIC HOLIDAY (ANZAC DAY) 


May


Wednesday, 02 May Associate Professor Deborah Brown
School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, The University of Queensland
Free Will, Attention and Other Olde Good Things

Wednesday, 09 May Professor Graham Kerr
School - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Queensland University of Technology
Freezing & shaking: understanding postural instability and gait disability in Parkinson’s disease

Wednesday, 16 May Dr Alon Chen
Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science
Dissecting the central stress response using site-specific genetic manipulation in adult mice

Wednesday, 23 May Professor Stephanie Clarke
Medicine Department, Service of Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation, Université de Lausanne
Roaring lions and chirruping lemurs: how the brain codes sound objects in space

Wednesday, 30 May  — Dr Megan Porter
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland Baltimoe County
Molecular Evolution of Vision in Mantis Shrimp: A multifaceted approach


June


Friday, 01 June Professor Hideyuki Okano
Professor & Chair, Department of Physiology, Keio University, School of Medicine, Japan
The iPS and direct reprogramming technologies for investigating CNS disorders and regeneration

Wednesday, 06 June Associate Professor John Bekkers
Eccles Institute of Neuroscience, Australian National University
Cortical sensory processing and epilepsy: insights from the olfactory system

Wednesday, 13 June Professor Geoffrey Goodhill
Queensland Brain Institute and School of Mathematics & Physics, The University of Queensland
Computational models of neural wiring development

Wednesday, 20 June Professor Joe Lynch
Molecular Neuroscience, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Developing drugs for chronic inflammatory pain

Wednesday, 27 June Professor Francois Ferron
Université Aix Marseille
Human nasal olfactory stem cells: a new subtype of mesenchymal stem cells and a promising tool for understanding and repairing the brain


July


Wednesday, 04 July Associate Professor Naotsugu Tsuchiya
Laboratory for the neuronal basis of consciousness School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University
Visual consciousness tracked with direct intracranial recording from low- and high-level visual cortices in humans and monkeys

Wednesday, 11 July Professor Kirill Alexandrov
ARC future fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland
Three cornerstones of Protein Research: Platform technologies, Enabling Tools and  New Discoveries.

Wednesday, 18 July Dr Holly Bridge
Department of Clinical Neurology , Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, University of Oxford
Investigating the 'visual system' in the absence of light input

Monday, 23 July Dr. Madhusudhan Vekadesan
National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India
How to throw at high speeds, accurately, and accurately at high speeds

Wednesday, 25 July Associate Professor Helen Cooper
Neural Migration, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Neogenin controls neural stem cell structure and function.

Thursday, 26 July — Dr Gilyana Borlikova
Animal Behavioural Facility Research Officer, Queensland Brain  Institute, The University of Queensland
Why bother with behaviour? And what you can do here at QBI if you decide to proceed.

Tuesday, 31 July Dr James Bourne (Special time 2:00PM)
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Monash University
The adaptive visual brain: lessons from development and lesions


August


Wednesday, 01 August Dr Sara C. Mednick
Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
What can sleep stages tell us about the mechanisms of memory consolidation?

Wednesday, 08 August — Han Lu
Molecular Neuroscience Laborator Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Investigating glycine receptor function and structure using voltage-clamp fluorometry.

Wednesday, 15 August — NO SEMINAR - Public Holiday (EKKA DAY)

Wednesday, 22 August Professor Valsa Eapen
Chair of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales
Tourette Syndrome: Tracing the developmental trajectory from genes to behaviour

Wednesday, 29 August Dr Alessandra Pierani
Development Neurobiology, Institut Jacques-Monod, Université Paris
Migrating transient signaling neurons and patterning of the cerebral cortex


September


Wednesday, 5 September — NO SEMINAR - BRAIN PLASTICITY SYMPOSIUM (3-5 SEPTEMBER)

Wednesday, 12 September Professor Ding Xue
Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology, University of Colarado at Boulder
Programmed cell death and lipid asymmetry

Friday, 14 September Professor Gunter Schumann
MRC-SGDP Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London
Neurobehavioural analysis of reinforcement and its relevance for alcohol abuse: results from the IMAGEN study.

Wednesday, 19 September — Jiajia Yuan
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Mechanisms of axon guidance by molecular gradients.

Wednesday, 26 September Dr Brett Graham
Senior Lecturer, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy University of Newcastle, NSW
Pleasure and Pain: studies from the lateral hypothalamus to the spinal dorsal horn


October


Wednesday, 03 October Dr Cecilia Flores
Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Netrin-1 receptors organize dopamine circuitry and may contribute to differential vulnerability to psychopathology

Wednesday, 10 October — NO SEMINAR

Wednesday, 17 October Professor Patrik Verstreken
Neuronal Communication Laboratory, VIB Center for the Biology of Disease, Belgium
Mitochondrial and Synaptic Dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease

Wednesday, 24 October — NO SEMINAR

Wednesday, 31 October Professor Mandyam Srinivasan
Visual and Sensory Neuroscience, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Collision avoidance, target pursuit and motion camouflage in flying honeybees


November


Wednesday, 07 November Professor John McGrath
Epidemiology and Developmental Neurobiology, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
The 'selfish sperm', advanced paternal age and adverse brain outcomes -– an update on new data and new hypotheses

Wednesday, 14 November Professor Linda Richards
Cortical Development and Axon Guidance, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Wiring the brain for function: how axons of the corpus callosum find their targets in the contralateral hemisphere.

Wednesday, 21 November — Gavin Taylor
Visual and Sensory Neuroscience, Queensland Brain Institute
Combining visual and air flow cues for honeybee flight control

Wednesday, 28 November Professor Anna Christina (Kia) Nobre
Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Pre-membering perception


December


Wednesday, 05 December Associate Professor Stephen Williams
Synaptic integration in neural networks, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Behaviourally relevant dendritic integration in retinal and neocortical circuits.

Wednesday, 12 December Dr Robyn Wallace
Ross Maclean Senior Research Fellow, Queensland Brain Institute, Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences The University of Queensland
Characterisation of RNA bound to TDP-43, a protein involved in neurodegenerative diseases

Please note the special time 4:00 - 5:00PM