Neuroscience Seminars - 2015


January

Wednesday, 14 January — Paola Spadaro (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: The role of regulatory long non-coding RNAs in adaptive behaviour

Wednesday, 28 January — Dr Sarah Medland
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Title: Using collaboration to advance our understanding of brain structure: Results from the ENIGMA consortium


February

Monday, 02 February — Assistant Professor Adam Claridge Chang
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
Title: The superior serotonergic neurons promote tranquillity in Drosophila

Wednesday, 04 February — Professor Gordon Wallace
Director of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong
Title: 3D Bioprinting – New Dimensions for Bionics

Thursday, 05 February — Dr Steven Zuryn
Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC), Strasbourg, France
Title: Epigenetic Determination of Biological Robustness: Perfecting Hindgut-to-Motor Neuron Transdifferentiation

Wednesday, 11 February — NO SEMINAR

Wednesday, 18 February — Oscar Jacoby (PhD Exit seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Do attention and working memory use the same executive control resources?

Tuesday, 24 February — Professor Willi Ribi
Founder and Inaugural President, Private University of the Principality of Liechtenstein
Title: Insect Ocelli: Eyes for every function - Results of traditional and X-ray CT techniques


March

Wednesday, 04 March — Professor Justin Marshall
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: 400 million year old colour and polarisation vision: New developments in bio-inspired imaging and information flow from the sea.

Wednesday, 11 March — Professor Eric Warrant
Department of Biology, University of Lund, Sweden
Title: Seeing at the limits: Vision and visual navigation in nocturnal insects

Wednesday, 18 March — Oressia Zalucki (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Presynaptic mechanisms of general anaesthesia in Drosophila melanogaster

Monday, 23 March — Professor Carlos Ibanez
National University of Singapore
Title: Mechanisms of diversification and allocation of cortical GABAergic interneurons


April

Wednesday, 01 April — Dr Bruno Rossion
Institute of Research in Psychology (IPSY), University of Louvain, Belgium
Title: Understanding face perception with fast periodic visual stimulation

Wednesday, 08 April — NO SEMINAR

Wednesday, 15 April — Danay Baker-Andresen (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: DNA methylation: an epigenetic watermark of cocaine self-administration

Tuesday, 21 April — Professor Paul Slesinger
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA
Title: Mechanisms underlying plasticity of potassium channel signaling with psychostimulants

Wednesday, 22 April — Professor Charles F Stevens
The Salk Instutite, California, USA
Title: What the fly's nose tells the fly's brain

Wednesday, 29 April — NO SEMINAR


May

Wednesday, 06 May at 12.00pm — Professor Tianzi Jiang
Professor of Neuroimaging and Brainnetome, Queensland Brain Institute and Centre for Advanced Imaging, UQ
Director, The Brainnetome Center, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China 
Title: Brainnetome Atlas: A New Brain Atlas Based on Connectivity Profiles 

Wednesday, 06 May at 4.00pm — Professor Read Montague
Dept of Physics & Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Virginia Tech, The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London
Title: Sub-second dopamine fluctuations in human striatum during active decision-making

Wednesday, 13 May — Hanne Thoen (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Colour vision in mantis shrimps: understanding one of the most complex visual systems in the world.  

Wednesday, 20 May — Daina Dickens (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Is brain plasticity altered in motor regions of healthy older adults?

Wednesday, 27 May — Xianfeng Yang (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Diffeomorphic metric mapping, brain shape analysis and imaging genetics


June

Tuesday, 02 June — Professor Daniel Osorio
University of Sussex, UK
Title: Evolution of Animal Colour Vision

Wednesday, 03 June — Associate Professor Jian Yang
Queensland Brain Institute. The University of Queensland
Title: Estimating genetic variation for human complex traits and common diseases using whole genome sequence data

Wednesday, 10 June — Dr Jai Yu
Frank Laboratory, UCSF  Sandler Center for Integrative Neurosciences, San Francisco, USA
Title: Cortical-hippocampal interactions in adaptive decision making

Wednesday, 17 June at 12.00pm —  Professor Bill Newsome
Stanford School of Medicine, USA
Title: A new look at gating: selective integration of sensory signals through network dynamics in prefrontal cortex

Wednesday, 17 June at 4.00pm —  Professor Bill Newsome
Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA
Title: The US BRAIN initiative

Wednesday, 18 June at 12.00pm —  Professor Bill Newsome
Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA
Title: Detecting covert changes-of-mind during decision-making

Wednesday, 24 June at 1.00pm — CJCADR Research Presentation - Dr Amantha Thathiah
Department of Human Genetics, Katholieke University, Leuven, Belgium
Title: GPCR Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease

Wednesday, 24 June at 1.45pm — CJCADR Research Presentation - Dr Paola Bossu 
Laboratory of Experimental Neuro-psychobiology, Department of Clinical and Behavioral Neurology, IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Italy
Title: Peripheral immune modifications in Alzheimer’s disease: a focus on myeloid dendritic cells

Wednesday, 24 June at 2.30pm — CJCADR Research Presentation - Dr Rodrigo Medeiros 
Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, University of California
Title: Inflammatory resolution in Alzheimer’s disease 
 


July

Wednesday, 01 July — Dr Victor Anggono
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Molecular Mechanisms of AMPA receptor trafficking

Wednesday, 08 July — Joon-Yong An (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Identification and functional characterization of genetic variants in an Australian autism spectrum disorder cohort

Wednesday, 15 July — Nick Hughes (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, and School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland
Title: Neural Plasticity via Visual Cortical Maps

Wednesday, 22 July — Professor Geoff Goodhill
Queensland Brain Institute, and School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland
Title: A computational perspective on the brain

Wednesday, 29 July — Professor Nigel Laing AO
Laboratory Head - Neurogenetic Diseases, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, The University of Western Australia
Title: Neurological disorders - finding the causes, accurate diagnosis and prevention


August

Wednesday, 05 August — Dr Jess Nithianantharajah
Head, Synapse Biology & Cognition; Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The University of Melbourne
Title: Genes and synapses: dissecting the basis of cognition and mental diseases

Thursday, 06 August at 4.00pm — A/Professor Arun Krishnan
Translational Neuroscience Facility, School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales
Title: Diabetes and the nervous system: the journey from animal models to neuroprotective treatments

Monday, 10 August at 12.00pm — Professor Craig P Hunter
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Title: Mobile RNA and trans-generational epigenetic inheritance: Mechanisms, functions, and prevalence

Monday 10 August at 3.00pm - Professor Manfred Lindau
Professor of Applied & Engineering Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Title: The nanomechanical mechanism of exocytotic fusion pore formation  

Tuesday, 11 August — Professor Kirsten Harvey
Professor of Molecular Neuroscience and Cell Biology, UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London, UK
Title: Wnt signalling mediated cellular and molecular mechanisms in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease

Thursday, 13 August at 9.00am at the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia (CJCADR) Forum — Dr Nicolas Vitale
Research Director/Group Leader, Institute of Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
Title: Implication of phospholipase D1 generated phosphatidic acid in neurosecretion and neuronal development

Friday, 14 August at 12.00pm — Dr Y-Peng Loh
Senior Investigator, Section on Cellular Neurobiology, Program of Developmental Neuroscience, NICHD, Bethesda, USA
Title: Neurotrophic Factor α-1 :  A Key Regulator of Neuroprotection and Depression during Stress” 

Friday, 14 August at 2.00pm — Professor Volker Haucke
Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Cell Biology, Freie Universitat, Berlin
Title: Where the tortoise and the hare meet - clathrin & adaptors in synaptic vesicle cycling

Tuesday, 18 August at 10.00am — Professor Marcelo Wood
Chair of Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine, USA
Title:  The role of nucleosome remodeling in synaptic plasticity, memory, and intellectual disability disorders

Wednesday, 19 August — Dr Katherine Roche
Senior Investigator, Receptor Biology Section, National Institutes of Health - NINDS, Porter Neuroscience Reserch Center, Bethesda, USA
Title: Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Trafficking of Synaptic Proteins

Wednesday, 26 August — TBA
Title: TBA

Friday, 28 August at 12.pm — CJCADR Research Presentation - Dr Maria Elena Avale 
Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering (INGEBI), Laboratory of Experimental Therapeutics in Neurodegenerative Processes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Title: Modulating Tau isoforms by RNA reprogramming: Functional consequences and therapeutic perspectives

 


September

Wednesday, 02 September — Professor Pankaj Sah
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: TBA

Wednesday, 09 September —  Professor Nick Strausfeld, FRS
Regents Professor,Department of Neuroscience, University of Arizona, USA
Title: Deep Time and Modern Brains

Wednesday, 16 September — Professor Phil Robinson
Head of Cell signalling Unit, Children's Medical Research Institute, The University of Sydney
Title: Shape-shifting Dynamin:  Multiple dynamin conformations for endocytosis and more

Wednesday, 23 September — Stephanie Biergans (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: DNA methylation and its role in honey bee memory formation

Wednesday, 30 September — Associate Professor Helen Cooper
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Understanding the developmental origins of cortical malformations


October

Wednesday, 07 October — Professor Colin Clifford
Professor & ARC Future Fellow, School of Psychology, UNSW, Sydney
Title: Vision in an Uncertain World: Processing of Contour Orientation in Human Primary Visual Cortex 

Wednesday, 14 October — Dr. Rodrigo Suárez 
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title:  Deep-time epigenesis of neocortical circuits (or how to make a mammalian brain)

Wednesday, 21 October — Leonie Kirszenblat (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: The yin and yang of sleep and attention

Tuesday, 27 October — A/Professor Hirokazu Tanaka
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Ishikawa 923-1292, Japan
Title: How the motor cortex represents body movements: a spatial dynamics model

Wednesday, 28 October — A/Professor Stephan Pless
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Title: Using an expanded genetic code to study ion channel function & pharmacology at the atomic level

Friday, 30 October  at 10.00am —  Aymeric Denuelle (PhD Exit Seminar)
Title: Bio-inspired visual homing strategies for autonomous aerial navigation


November

Wednesday, 04 November — Dr Giles Yeo
University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
Title: Considering obesity as a chronic brain disease

Tuesday, 10 November — Professor Peter Nestor
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Leipziger Str, 39120 Magdeburg, Germany
Title: The truth or the technique: imaging insights into Alzheimer's disease

Wednesday, 11 November — Professor Chris Levi
Director of Clinical Research and Translation, Research, Innovation and Partnerships, Hunter New England Local Health District, John Hunter Hospital, NSW 
Title: Update on the treatment of ischaemic stroke

Wednesday, 18 November — Professor Bryan Mowry
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: A genome-wide association study of schizophrenia in Southern India

Wednesday, 25 November — Professor Karl Friston
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London, UK
​Title: I am therefore I think


December

Wednesday, 02 December at 3.20pm — Professor Carol Mason
College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, USA
​Title: The path from eye to brain: Genes encoding neurogenesis and wiring in the binocular circuit

Thursday, 03 December at 4.00pm — Professor Steve McCarroll
Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
​Title: Cells, genes, and molecular mechanisms

Wednesday, 09 December — Xiang Li (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
​Title: Tet-mediated DNA hydroxymethylation within the prefrontal cortex as a mechanism for the formation and maintenance of fear-related memory

Friday, 18 December — Dr Rosemary Bagot
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA
Title: Glutamatergic circuits in stress susceptibility: pathway specificity and transcriptional mechanisms