Neuroscience Seminars - 2016


Wednesday, 20 January — Genevieve Phillips (PhD  Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Visual ecology of predator-prey relationships on the coral reef

Wednesday, 27 January - Dr Nela Durisic
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Quantitative super-resolution microscopy: how well can we count single molecules?


Wednesday, 3 February — Dr Hari Subramanian
Senior Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: The midbrain periaqueductal gray: Critical interface between the emotional and the autonomic brain

Friday, 5 February: Special Seminar - Professor Marc Tittgemeyer
Group Leader, Translational Neurocircuitry Group, Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Metabolism Research, Cologne, Germany
Title: Perspective for in-vivo characterization of basal ganglia loops

Title: Wednesday, 10 February — A/Professor Kai-Hsiang Chuang
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Title: Restless resting-state: neural basis and application in rodent models

Wednesday, 17 February - Karly Turner (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Measuring attention in rodents

Wednesday, 24 February - Dr Kenneth T Kishida
Human Neuroimaging Laboratory & Computational Psychiatry Unit, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Roanoke, VA 24016, USA
Title: Measurements of dopamine and serotonin release with sub-second temporal resolution in humans: Implications for understanding mechanisms underlying human decision-making, cognition, and mental illness.


Wednesday,  2 March - Professor Colin L Masters,
Head of the Neurodegeneration Division, The Florey Institute, Laureate Professor, The University of Melbourne
Title: Alzheimer’s disease: Aβ amyloid is the critical target for primary (pre-AD) and secondary (preclinical) disease-modifying strategies 

Wednesday,  9 March -  Dr Alex Puckett
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Measuring the effects of attention in human cortex using fMRI

Wednesday,  16 March -  Dr Marta Sinclair
Senior Lecturer, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Nathan Campus, Brisbane
Title: The Current State of Intuition Research and Possible Synergies with Neuroscience

Thursday,  24 March at 4.00pm - Dr Sonke Johnsen
Professor of Biology, Duke University, Durham USA
Title: Colorful but colorblind shrimp, not so cryptic silvery fish, and the giant eyes of giant squid:  Three short tales of biological optics

Wednesday,  30 March -  Professor John Lin
Lecturer in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Tasmania
Title: The development of next generation of optogenetic tools for improved control and observation of neuronal functions


Tuesday, 5 April at 1.00pm in the Level 7 Seminar Room  — Yan Zhang (PhD  Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Physiological properties of glycinergic synapses with defined subunit compositions

Wednesday,  6 April from 2.00 - 5.00pm: CJCADR Translational Research Seminar
at the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland      
Seminar Speakers: Professor Rob Capon, Professor Jonathan Baell, Professor Des Richardson, Professor Maree Smith, Craig Belcher and Stephaine Surm and Professor Jürgen Götz

Thursday, 7 April at 11.30am in the Level 7 Seminar Room  — Cirong Liu (PhD  Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Studying brainnetome of DISC1 and socially isolated mice with diffusion MRI

Tuesday,  12 April - Professor Patrick Chauvel
Staff Neurologist, Neurological Institute, Epilepsy Center of the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Title:  Déjà vu and reminiscences (data from intra-cerebral recordings) 

Wednesday,  13 April -  NO SEMINAR

Wednesday 20 April at 11.00am - Professor Brian Butterworth
Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience & Dept. Psychology, University College London, UK
Title: Mathematical disabilities.

Wednesday,  20 April at 12.00pm - Professor Diana Laurillard
Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, London Knowledge Lab at University College London, UK 
Title: Learning ‘number sense’ through digital games with intrinsic feedback

Thursday,  21 April - A/Professor Mike O'Sullivan
Reader in Clinical Neuroscience, King's College London and Consultant Neurologist, Strategy Lead for Stroke, King's Health Partners, UK
Title: White matter connections and human memory: nuances and flexibility in the mapping of structure and function

Wednesday,  27 April - Professor Fred Meunier
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Footprint of SNARE assembly and disassembly during neuronal communication


Wednesday,  4 May - 10th A+PD Symposium   

Wednesday,  11 May -  Dr Stanley Heinze
Department of  Biology, Faculty of Science, Lund University, Sweden
Title: Merging information about direction and distance - the bee central complex as plausible neural substrate for path integration

Wednesday,  18 May - Professor Alan Mackay-Sim
Professor Emeritus, Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University
Title: The cell biology of schizophrenia

Wednesday,  25 May - Professor David Small
Professorial Fellow, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania
Title: Molecular mechanisms associated with neural network dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease


Wednesday,  1 June -  NO SEMINAR

Wednesday,  8 June -  Dr Lucy M Palmer
Lab Head, Neural Network Laboratory, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience  and Mental Health, University of Melbourne
Title: The functional importance of dendritic integration in cortical neurons

Wednesday,  15 June - A/Professor Massimo Hilliard
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Axonal fusion: an alternative mechanism to repair injured axons

Wednesday,  22 June - Professor Glenda Halliday
Senior Principal Research Fellow, NHMRC, Professor of Neuroscience, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW and Team Leader, Neuroscience Research Australia, Barker Street, Randwick, NSW
Title: Identifying different proteinopathies in patients with frontotemporal dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases - are we ready for clinical trials that target pathological proteins?

Wednesday,  29 June - Emilia Lefevre (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Neural mechanisms of MK-801 induced sensitisation 

Thursday,  30 June at 9.00am - Gerhard Leinenga (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Investigations of the effects of scanning focused ultrasound in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease


Wednesday,  6 July -   Professor Mike Ryan
Department of Biochemistry and  Molecular Biology, Biomedical Discovery Institute, Monash University, VIC 3800
Title: Mitochondrial biogenesis: dynamic protein complexes for a dynamic organelle

Wednesday,  13 July - Dr Jason Howitt
Florey Research Fellow, Protein Trafficking and Signalling Laboratory, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Parkville VIC 3052
Title: Targeting autism using mechanism based therapeutics - Can we cure autism and do we want to?

Wednesday,  20 July - NO SEMINAR

Wednesday,  27 July - Aung Aung Kywe Moe (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute,  University of Queensland
Title: Evaluating long-term consequences of adolescent antipsychotic exposure 


Wednesday,  3 August -   NO SEMINAR

Wednesday,  10 August - NO SEMINAR (PUBLIC HOLIDAY)

Wednesday,  17 August - A/Professor Supriya Srinivasan
Department of Chemical Physiology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, USA
Title: Neurobiology of Body Fat Metabolism: Lessons from C. elegans

Peter Goodenough Memorial Lecture
Thursday, 18 August at 5.00pm - Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi FRCP
NIHR Dementia Biomedical Research Unit, Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
King's College London, UK
Title:  What causes MND?

Wednesday,  24 August - Dr Simon R Schultz
Head, Neural Coding Laboratory, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College, London, UK
Title: Analysis of information encoding and dynamics in optically recorded cortical circuits

Wednesday,  31 August - A/Professor Chamindie Punyadeera
Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Translational Research Institute, Queensland University of Technology
Title:  Human Saliva: Linking Oral Fluids With Systemic Diseases


Friday,  9 September at 3.00pm -  Professor Geoff Cumming
School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne Campus, VIC 3086
Title: Significance roulette and Open Science: The research practices we need for better science

Wednesday,  14 September - Professor Bernard Balleine
Head, Decision Neuroscience Laboratory, School of Psychology, University of NSW, Kensington NSW 2052
Title: Predictive learning and the cognitive control of action

Wednesday,  21 September - A/Professor Margie Wright
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Using imaging and genetics to unravel the complexity of the human brain

Wednesday,  28 September - Morgane Nouvian (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Molecular and neural mechanisms underlying the olfactory modulation of aggression in honeybees


Wednesday,  5 October -  Professor Shuba Tole
Department of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India 
Title: Cell fate specification in the developing cerebral cortex

Friday,  7 October -  Professor Klaas Enno Stephan
Director, Translational Neuromodeling Unit (TNU), Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland 
Title: Translational Neuromodeling

Wednesday,  12 October - Dr Marta Garrido
Queensland Brain Institute and Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland
Title: Predictive coding in sensory learning

Wednesday,  19 October -  Dr Jocelyn Widagdo
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: Activity-dependent RNA methylation in learning and memory

The Merson Lecture
Wednesday, 26 October at 5.00pm  - Professor Terry Sejnowski
Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Title: "A Deep Dive into Deep Learning"

Thursday, 27 October at 12.00pm  - Professor Terry Sejnowski
Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Title: "While you were sleeping: Memory consolidation"


Wednesday,  2 November - Natalie Lee (PhD Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: The role of Neogenin in epithelial morphogenesis

Wednesday,  9 November - Dr J Bertran Gonzalez
DECRA Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Australia
Title: Slow down, Old-Timer! – How ageing is making us rush

Wednesday,  16 November - Ilvana Dzafic (PhD  Exit Seminar)
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
Title: The neuroimaging and genetics of emotion perception in schizophrenia.

Wednesday,  23 November  -  Professor Sam Berkovic
Director, Epilepsy Research Centre, Melbourne Brain Centre, Austin Health Heidelberg VIC 3084 
Title: Epilepsy: From genes to cures for the sacred disease? 

Thursday,  24 November - Dr Tara Walker
Senior Research Associate, Kempermann Group, Center for Regenerative Therapies,
Dresden, Germany
Title: Activation of a latent hippocampal precursor population

Friday,  25 November at 11.40am  -  Professor Anil Seth
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, University of Sussex, UK 
Title: The new neuroscience of consciousness: solving the real problem

Wednesday,  30 November -
Title: TBA



Wednesday,  7 December -   NO SEMINAR - ANS CONFERENCE 

Friday,  9 December -   Professor Peter Dayan
Director, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London, UK
Title: Reverse Replay during Human Problem Solving

Monday,  12 December - Professor Ray Dolan
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London,  UK
Title: Value Representational Plasticity

Tuesday,  13 December - Professor Mu-ming Poo
Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Title: Neural Plasticity: from Synapse to Cognition