MCI at the Cambridge Neuroscience Symposium 2017 #NNHD2017
Cambridge University’s popular bi-annual Cambridge Neuroscience Symposium- Neural Networks in Health and Disease took place on the 7th and 8th of September 2017 at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.
In summary, this symposium outlined technological developments and data analysis methodologies that have enabled us to study neural networks and circuits at an unprecedented level of detail. Together, great new insights into brain function and dysfunction have emerged. By bringing together experts in the field of neuroscience, this Symposium demonstrated our current understanding of modern brain science.
This international Symposium (22 speakers in total – 10 from USA, 4 from Europe and UK and 8 from Cambridge) comprised seven sessions including ‘Building Circuits’, ‘Network Analysis and Functional Circuits’, ‘Ageing Circuits’, ‘Emotional Circuits’ and ‘Modulating Circuits’.
- The Alan Hodgkin Lecture- Professor Ed Callaway (made the Rabies virus for labelling of mono-synaptically connected neurons). Imaging the mouse visual system: parallel pathways and visual cortical areas.
- Professor Josh Sanes- (co-inventor of the Brainbow mouse). Wiring up the retina: cells and synapses.
- The Andrew Huxley Lecture- Professor William Seeley closed with network-based neurodegeneration.
- Professor Dennis Chan- made a very strong case for understanding the effect of the entorhinal-hippocampus circuit in Alzheimer’s disease. Outlined the potential for injected tau in CA1 cells of Alzheimer’s mouse models – beautiful 2P imaging of mice in a virtual reality maze.
- Professor Denis Burdakov from The Crick gave a talk about his work on orexin cell networks regulating voluntary and automatic actions. Agrp neurons in hypothalamus can be “hijacked” by alcohol, explaining why you’re hungry when you drink!
- Professor Stephanie Cragg discussed cholinergic interneurons as ‘gate-keepers’ of dopamine transmission in striatum.
In-between sessions there was a great initiative – the data blitz – 2-minute talks by early career researchers outlining their projects.
This Symposium was a tremendous success. MCI thoroughly enjoyed participating in this meeting and is looking forward to exhibiting at the next one.
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