Neuroscience Seminars - 2013


Friday, 01 February Associate Professor Vidita Vaidya
Department of Biological Sciences, The Tata institute of Fundamental Research
The right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing": The ups and downs of Prozac

Wednesday, 06 February Professor Michael Breakspear
Queensland Institute of Medical Research
A phase transition in neonatal cortex during recovery from hypoxia

Monday, 11 February Professor Wieland Huttner
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
Neural stem and progenitor cells and the evolution of the cerebral cortex

Monday, 18 February Professor Allan Jones Please note special time 4:00 – 5:00PM
Allen Institute for Brain Science
Mapping gene expression and connections in the CNS: Tools and Data from the Allen Institute for Brain Science

Wednesday, 20 February — Dr Marta Garrido
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Surprise induced changes in brain dynamics

Wednesday, 27 February Dr Ilan Gobius
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Cortical Development and Axon Guidance Laboratory
Queensland Brain Institute University of Queensland
Fgf8 signalling regulates interhemispheric fusion and corpus callosum formation


Wednesday, 06 March Dr Mirella Dottori
Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Melbourne
Building the nervous system with pluripotent stem cells

Wednesday, 20 March Dr Ehsan Arabzadeh
The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University
Neuronal encoding in rat whisker-barrel system - from sensory representation to behaviour


Wednesday, 03 April Professor Bernard Balleine
Brain & Mind Research Institute, School of Medical Sciences, University of Sydney
Dysexecutive syndrome: The cortical- and thalamo-striatal pathways and disorders of goal-directed action.

Wednesday, 10 April — Dr Angelique Paulk
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Neural mechanisms of attention in the honeybee and the fly, Drosophila melanogaster

Wednesday, 17 April — Dr Adam Morris
National Vision Research Institute, Melbourne
Visual stability in the primate visual-system.

Wednesday, 24 April Associate Professor Tim Carroll
School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland
Multiple coordinate systems for new sensorimotor maps.

Monday, 29 April Associate Professor Lynn Dobrunz
Department of Neurobiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Alterations in the Excitation/Inhibition Balance in Hippocampus in an Animal Model of Schizophrenia


Wednesday, 01 May Professor Richard Gronostajski
State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Biochemistry
New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences
Nuclear Factor I (NFI) transcription factors: a small family that does big things in brain development.

Wednesday, 08 May Professor Shu Li
Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Is risky choice actually guided by a compensatory rule? Converging evidence from eye-tracking and fMRI studies

Wednesday, 15  May Professor Thomas Suddendorf
School of Psycology, The University of Queensland
Reflecting on reflection The nature of visual self-recognition

Tuesday, 21  May Professor Henrik Østergaard Mouritsen Please note special time 4:00 – 5:00PM
University of Oldenburg, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Germany.

Wednesday, 22  May Dr Adam Cole
Garvan Institute for Medical Research, Sydney
GSK3 regulation of vesicle trafficking: Implications for neurotransmission and mood disorders

Wednesday, 29  May Professor Michael R. Ibbotson
Director National Vision Research Institute Australian College of Optometry and
Professor Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences University of Melbourne
How looking helps you see


Wednesday, 05  June Dr Tim Bredy
Psychiatric Epigenomics, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Characterizing the role of the "6th" base: how experience-dependent changes in DNA hydroxymethylation contribute to memory

Wednesday, 12  June Emeritus Prof Phillip Nagley
School of Biomedical Sciences, Monash University
Mitochondria and me: from yeast to mammalian cells and much neuroscience

Wednesday, 19  June Dr Magreet Ridder
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Unraveling the pathophysiology of the white matter disorder MLC; Implications for white matter water homeostasis

Wednesday, 26  June Dr Fabrice Turpin
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
NCC, the “kidney specific” sodium-chloride cotransporter is expressed in the brain and modulates fear extinction.


Wednesday, 03 July Associate Professor Darryl Eyles
Neurobiology, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
The Dopamine Ontogeny Hypothesis of Schizophrenia

Wednesday, 10 July — NO SEMINAR

Wednesday, 17 July Dr Divya Mehta
Statistical and psychiatric genetics, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
The Yin and the Yang of Post-traumatic stress disorder

Thursday, 18 July —  Professor Stefan Thor
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Developmental Biology Linköping University
From neural stem cell to unique neuron: controlling cell fate and cell number in the developing nervous system

Wednesday, 24 July Dr Trent Woodruff
ARC Future Fellow, School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland
The Opposing Roles of Innate Immune Complement Proteins C3a and C5a in Neurodegenerative Disease

Wednesday, 31 July Professor Boyer Winters
Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Canada
Investigating crossmodal cognition in rats using a new spontaneous object recognition paradigm


Wednesday, 07 August Professor Trichur Vidyasagar
Visual Neuroscience, The University of Melbourne
Reading into top-down mechanisms in visual attention: Neural synchrony to dyslexia

Wednesday, 21 August — Dr Marcus Gray
Centre for Advanced Imaging, The University of Queensland
Neural correlates of the autonomically mediated integration of cognitive, affective and physiological activity.

Wednesday, 28 August Dr Sophie Billa
Animal Behavioural Facility Research Officer, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Development of a new approach in preclinical research: the touchscreen testing method for mice and rats.


Wednesday, 04 September Professor Bernhard Baune
Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide.
Brain - Inflammation Interface: Molecular Mechanisms and Systems Biology – Novel Diagnostic and Therapeutic Opportunities?

Wednesday, 11 September — Dr Marc Kamke
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
The influence of selective attention on plasticity induction in the human brain

Wednesday, 18 September Dr Murray Cairns
Senior Research Fellow, Schizophrenia Research Institute, Sydney
Genetic and environmental determinants of small non-coding RNA expression in neural development and schizophrenia

Wednesday, 25 September Professor Marcello Rosa
Department of Physiology, Monash University
Anatomical and Physiological Organisation of the Visual Pathways following lesions of Primary Visual Cortex in early life


Wednesday, 02 October Dr Stefan Bode
Decision Neuroscience Laboratory, The University of Melbourne
Informing decision-making models by decoding patterns of brain activity

Wednesday, 09 October — No seminar

Wednesday, 16 October Dr Martin How
Postdoctoral Researcher, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Polarisation vision in the marine environment
Wednesday, 30 October Associate Professor Ulrike Grunert
Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney
Parallel pathways in the primate visual system


 Wednesday, 06 November Dr Martin Sale
 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
 Enhancing neuroplasticity induction in human cortex - from observing actions to sleep rhythms

Wednesday, 13 November Dr Fabienne Alfonsi
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
P75NTR has opposing roles in pre- and post-mitotic cells to regulate neuronal number

Wednesday, 20 November — No seminar

Wednesday, 27 November Dr Hideaki Koizumi
Fellow and Corporate Officer, Hitachi Ltd. & Director, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, The Engineering Academy of  Japan
Brain-Science-based Education and Psychiatric Diagnosis with Optical Topography


Monday, 2 December -  Professor Robert Zorec
Head, Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology-Molecular Cell Physiology
Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
The Fabrics of Astrocyte Vesicle Traffic in Health and Disease

Wednesday, 04 December - Associate Professor Geoff Faulkner
Mater Medical Research Institute, Brisbane
Single cell genomics reveals mosaic L1 retrotransposition in hippocampal neurons