Neuroscience Seminars - 2014


January

Wednesday, 8 January — Rebecca Williams
The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: The Assessment of Diffusion-weighted MRI as a Novel Method for Functional Brain Imaging

Thursday, 9 January — Dr Vikram Khurana
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
Title: Capturing Parkinsonism in a Dish: From Genes to Yeast to Patient IPS Cells


February

Monday, 3 February — Professor Richard Huganir
Director of the Department of Neuroscience, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Title: Receptors, Synapses and Memories

Wednesday, 12 February — Shao-Chang Huang
The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Colour Vision of Ischnura Heterosticta (Insecta: Odonata): Role in Sexual Selection, Communication and Visual Plasticity

Wednesday, 19 February — Associate Professor Roger Pocock
Biotech Research and Innovation Centre, The Univeristy of Copenhagen
Title: MicroRNAs, Sugars and the Nervous System


March

Wednesday, 5 March — Associate Professor Bruno Van Swinderen
The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Sleep and wakefulness in Drosophila

Wednesday, 12 March — Professor Andrew Hill
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Melbourne
Title: Exosomes and their role in neurodegenerative diseases

Thursday, 13 March — Associate Professor Markus Barth
Centre for Advance Imaging, The University of Queensland
Title: MR Neuroimaging at 7 Tesla: structure and function

Wednesday, 19 March — Associate Professor Erica Fletcher
Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, The University of Melbourne
Title: The Role of Microglia in Regulating Photoreceptor Integrity

Thursday, 27 March — Professor John Duncan
Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, The University of Cambridge
Title: A core brain system in assembly of cognitive episodes


April

Monday, 7 April — Professor Bert Sakmann
Nobel Prize Winner (1991) Emeritus Professor at the Max Plank Institute of Neurobiology, Munich
Title: 3D reconstruction of cortical networks and circuits for decision making in rodents

Wednesday, 9 April — Professor Jürgen Götz
The Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research, The Queensland Brain Institute
The University of Queensland
Title: Tau and amyloid-beta in Alzheimer's disease: From basic mechanisms to therapeutic strategies

Wednesday, 16 April — Associate Professor Thomas Burne
The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Translational neuroscience; from epidemiology to animal models

Wednesday, 23 April — Professor Joe Lynch
The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Glycinergic synapses in the spinal cord: their relevance to chronic pain and its treatment 

Tuesday, 29 April — Assistant Professor Helen Zhou
Center for Cognititve Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore
Title: Multimodal brain connectome: applications in neurodegenerative diseases


May

Wednesday, 7 May — Dr Irina Voineagu
School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, The University of New South Wales
Title: Transcriptional Networks in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Wednesday, 14 May — Associate Professor Charles Claudianos
The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Genome to Phenome: Characterising autism spectrum disorder

Wednesday, 21 May — Georg Kerbler
Coulson Lab, The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: The basal forebrain plays a central role during the development of Alzheimer’s disease

Wednesday, 28 May — Professor Caroline (Lindy) Rae
Professor of Brain Sciences, The University of New South Wales
Title: Two orthogonal topics of interest: Brain Acetate Metabolism and New Insights from T2* imaging


June

Wednesday, 4 June — Associate Professor Jennifer Rodger
School of Animal Biology, The University of Western Australia
Title: Low intensity magnetic stimulation of the brain: evidence for reorganisation of neural circuits and frequency specific effects 

Wednesday, 11 June — Professor Peter Visscher
The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Genome-wide methylation from human blood samples: genetics, environmental exposures and a role in ageing and disease

Wednesday, 18 June — Dr John Morris
Synaptic Plasticity Laboratory, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: The neural basis of the partial reinforcement extinction effect​

Wednesday, 25 June — Dr Judith Reinhard
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland  
Title: From memories to molecules: how sensory experience shapes the brain


July

Wednesday, 2 July — Callista Harper
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: The regulation of membrane trafficking pathways at the presynaptic nerve terminal

Wednesday, 9 July — Dr J. Bertran-Gonzalez​
Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Ageing and the (dis)organisation of goal-directed behaviour

Wednesday, 16 July — Professor Emery Brown
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Deciphering Neural Information Representations Using State-Space Point Process Models

Thursday, 17 July — Lavina Codd (Special time 11:30 - 12:30PM Level 7 Seminar Room)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Neurogenesis and functional recovery in the adult mouse brain after hippocampal stroke

Monday, 21 July — Simmy Poonian (Special time 11:00 - 12:00PM Level 7 Auditorium)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: The causal inference between goal-directed actions and their sensory consequences

Wednesday, 23 July — Amanda Robinson
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Multisensory interactions between olfaction and vision: The influence of odours on visual perception and attention

Thursday, 24 July — Dr Danielle Wilde
Sidney Myer Creative Fellow, Visiting Research Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne
Title: Coupling movement and creative discovery to transform health and learning landscapes. ​


August

Friday, 1 August — Professor Daniel Wolpert
Computational and Biological Learning Lab, The University of Cambridge
Title: Probabilistic models of sensorimotor control and decision making

Wednesday, 6 August — Helen Gooch
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Using Optogenetics to Unravel the Amygdala

Thursday, 14 August — Vanesa Tomatis (Special time 9:00 - 10:00AM Level 7 Auditorium) 
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Role of myosin VI in neuroexocytosis

Thursday, 14 August — Dr Tobias Rasse (12:00 - 1:00PM)
Research Group Synaptic Plasticity, Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Center for Neurology, University Hospital, Tübingen, Germany
Title: Use of Drosophila to address the Pathomechanisms Underlying Neurodegenerative Diseases that are associated with defects in Synaptic Structure and Function: Increased Mitophagy in Parkinson’s disease: Curse or Cure?

Tuesday, 19 August — Professor Zhi-Ying Wu (1:00 - 2:00PM)
Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou, China
TitleFROM GENETICS TO THERAPY IN PKD

Wednesday, 20 August — Dr Gabe Murphy
Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Title: Where and how the visual system implements primitive operations

Tuesday, 26 August — Dr Anthony Don
Bioactive Lipid Signaling Group Prince of Wales Clinical School University of New South Wales
Title: Loss of Brain Lipid Homeostasis as a Driving Influence in Alzheimer’s Disease Pathogenesis

Wednesday, 27 August — Professor Jason Mattingley
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Eye movements and visual stability


September

Monday, 1 September — Dr Patricio Opazo
Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Germany
Title: The synaptic capture of membrane diffusing AMPA Receptors as a substrate for memory formation and disease

Wednesday, 3 September — Dr Kaylene Young
Head of Glial Research Team, Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology, Menzies Research Institute Tasmania
Title: Myelin plasticity in the adult CNS

Monday, 8 September – 
Professor Luciano D’Adamio
Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine 
Title: Is the function of APP relevant to the pathogenesis of Dementia? 

Wednesday, 10 September — Annika Nichols
IMP - Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria
Title: Lethargus-quiescence in C. elegans is a systemic brain state under tight control of arousal circuits.

Monday, 15 September – Dr Zhitao Hu
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
Title: Tuning the release kinetics of neurotransmission

Wednesday, 17 September — Dr Allen Cheung
The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland  
Title: Tuning the release kinetics of neurotransmission

Tuesday, 23 September — Dr Anne Eckert
Molecular & Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Basel, Psychiatric University Clinics Basel, Switzerland
Title: New insights into Alzheimer’s disease: Mitochondrial dynamics and circadian rhythms.


October

Wednesday, 1 October — Professor Naomi Wray
Queensland Brain Institue, The University of Queensland
Title: RESEARCH STRATEGIES THAT EMBRACE THE COMPLEX GENETIC ETIOLOGY OF PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS

Wednesday, 8 October — Dr Christine Cong Guo
Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Title: Functional Network Breakdown in Neuropsychiatric Disorders – from Rest to Naturalistic Stimuli

Wednesday, 15 October — Associate Professor Jose Polo
Faculty of Medicine, Monash University
Title: Dissecting the molecular events during reprogramming of somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells

Monday, 20 October — Dr Linda Miller - Please note special time 10:00AM
Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI)
Title: Isolating the Bulk Endosome from Nerve Terminals

Wednesday, 22 October — Dr Kate Hoy
Senior Research Fellow, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre
Title: The Emerging Field of Cognitive Neurotechology: Using Brain Stimulation to Enhance Cognition

Wednesday, 29 October — Dr Brett Collins
Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland
Title: Structural biology of membrane trafficking in neurodegeneration


November

Wednesday, 5 November — Wensung Chung
Queensland Brain Institue, The University of Queensland
Title: Complex visual adaptions in squid for different environments – comparison between common reef squid and rare deep-sea squid (the giant squid)

Thursday, 6 November — Associate Professor Neil Harris
UCLA Brain Injury Center, Department of Neurosurgery, UCLA, Los Angeles
Title: Cortical Reorganization after experimental TBI: How much can we achieve?

Wednesday, 12 November — Dr. Mario de Bono 
Group Leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge 
Title: Encoding a global animal state

Wednesday, 19 November — Dr Michael Piper
ARC Future Fellow, The School of Biomedical Sciences and The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Nuclear factor one transcription factors and cortical development

Wednesday, 26 November — Professor Allan Herbison
Centre for Neuroendocrinology, University of Otago
Title: Regulating Neuronal Networks with a Kiss


December

Monday, 1 December (12pm) - Professor Li-Huei Tsai
Director, The Picower Center for Learning and Memory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: The role of epigenetic-regulated gene expression in cognitive function and neurodegenerative disorders

Tuesday, 2 December (11am) - Professor Miguel Nicolelis
Duke University Medical Center
Title: Beyond brain-machine interfaces

Wednesday, 3 December — Professor Vicki Anderson
Director, Critical Care & Neurosciences, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Title: Neurobehavioral plasticity after early brain insult