Neuroscience seminars at the Queensland Brain Institute play a major role in the advancement of neuroscience in the Asia-Pacific region. The primary goal of this initiative is to promote excellence in neuroscience through the exchange of ideas, establishing new collaborations and augmenting partnerships already in place.

QBI seminars listed here are open to anyone who would like to attend, including members of the public.

There are three annual distinguished lectures: the Merson Lecture, the Peter Goodenough Lecture and the Toshiya Yamada lecture.

The scheduled QBI Neuroscience Seminar series will be held on Wednesday afternoons from Noon until 1:00 pm in the Level 7 Auditorium of the Queensland Brain Institute, Building 79, St Lucia Campus, The University of Queensland. Additional seminars may be held at other times as listed below.

Seminar Coordinator: Professor Geoffrey Goodhill
Seminar Assistant: Deirdre Wilson

You may also access past seminars from 2005 onwards.

You may also access future seminars in 2017.


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

Neuroscience Seminars section

Past Seminars
Archived QBI seminars from 2005 onwards.