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25th Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar

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25th Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar, 26th March 2013

‘From Sensation to Action’ 

Registration Open!


The 25th Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar, hosted by the Department of Zoology, will be held on Tuesday 26th March 2013, in the Babbage Lecture Theatre, Cambridge. This year, the theme is ‘From Sensation to Action’ with sessions covering both sensory and motor systems.

 We have confirmed many distinguished local and international speakers including Professor Johan Bolhuis (Utrecht University) who will deliver the Professor Sir Gabriel Horn Memorial Lecture in association with the BNA and

Professor Silvia Arber (University Of Basel). We have introduced a new item this year where 2 early career researchers will be given the opportunity to speak about their work. 

 The aim of this annual meeting is to give a snapshot into the extent of neuroscience research here in Cambridge and how it fits into the broader context of neuroscience worldwide. The day will conclude with a public plenary lecture entitled     ‘Design Principles for Neuroprosthetics’  given by Professor José del Millán (Lausanne), to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival.

 Last year’s event was attended by over 420 neuroscientists, with great presentations, discussions and over 90 scientific posters on display. Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, and an evening wine reception, in addition to admittance to all talks. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend the Gala conference dinner, which will be held at Downing College (additional cost will apply).


 Please do take the opportunity to present a poster at this event – a great opportunity to discuss your research with neuroscientists from diverse research backgrounds during our informal and relaxed meeting. Abstract submission is now open, but it is possible to register now and upload your completed abstract at a later date. Registration will close on Friday March 8th 2013.

 This meeting is organised by Dr Berthold Hedwig, Professor Simon LaughlinDr Brian McCabe and Dr Matthias Landgraff for the Department of Zoology and Dr Dervila Glynn for Cambridge Neuroscience.


8.00 – 8.45         Registration and poster set-up

8.50 – 9.00         Welcome from Professor Michael Akam, Department of Zoology

9.00 – 10.00       The Gabriel Horn Memorial Lecture, Introduced by Dr Brian McCabe

                            Professor Johan Bolhuis, Cognitive Neurobiology group, Departments of Psychology and Biology, Utrecht  UniversityIn Memory

10.00 – 10.20     Refreshments

Session One       Sensory systems: From sensory processing to behaviour, Chaired by Professor Simon Laughlin

10.20 – 10.50     Dr Bob CarlyonMRC Cognitive and Brain Sciences Unit TBC

 Subject: Speech processing; cochlear implants

10.50 – 11.20     Professor Lorraine TylerDepartment of Psychology

 Neurobiology of language

11.20 – 11.50     Dr Berthold HedwigDepartment of Zoology

 Auditory pattern recognition in an insect brain

11.50 – 12.20     Dr Mario de BonoMRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

 Systematic dissection of the molecular and neural basis of behaviour 

12.20 – 14.20     Lunch and poster session

Session Two       Motor Systems: Development and Regeneration, Chaired by Christine Holt/Bill Harris

14.20 – 15.20    Plenary lecture, Introduced by Dr Matthias Landgraf

Professor Silvia ArberFriedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research,University of Basel

Organization and Function of Motor Circuits

15.20 – 15.45     Young Investigator talk

                             Dr Jimena BerniDepartment of Zoology 

                              Subject: Motor system development & locomotion in Drosophila

15.45 – 16.10     Young Investigator talk

                             Dr Victoria LeongCentre for Neuroscience and Education

                             Speech rhythm and learning to read: lessons from dyslexia”

16.10 – 16.30     Refreshments

16.30 – 17.00     Dr Steve EdgleyDepartment of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

 Controlling the Hand: Ancient and Modern

17.00 – 17.30     Professor Roger BarkerJohn van Geest Centre for Brain Repair

The challenge of matching therapies to patients in Parkinson’s disease.

17.30 – 18.00      Closing Remarks by Professor Prof Alastair Compston/Prof Trevor Robbins

 Presentation of poster prizes by Dr Peter Stern, Science

                              Arrival of public audience

18.00 – 19.00     The Cambridge Neuroscience Public Lecture to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival

 Introduced by Prof Alastair Compston/Prof Trevor Robbins

 Professor José del R. MillánCenter for NeuroprostheticsEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

 Design Principles for Neuroprosthetics

19.15 – 19.45     Wine reception/Pre-dinner drinks

 The Grace Howard Room, Downing College 

19.45 – 22.30     Gala Conference Dinner

 The Hall, Downing College


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