Past Seminars

Past Seminars & Events in 2022/23 at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences.

‘Midbrain circuits for flexible instinctive behaviours'

‘Engineering neuroscience with microfluidics: complex in vitro models made easy’

'Visual Cortex and Tauopathy: insights into network level dysfunction in disease'

Dr Fabio Ribeiro Rodriguez, Department of Experimental Psychology, UCL

Thursday 11th May 2023, 13:00, HRB lecture theatre (Hybrid)

Host: Prof Tara Spires-Jones

'Neural mechanisms for emotional behavior and decision making'

Dr Andrew Macaskill, Principal Research Fellow, Neuro, Physiology & Pharmacology, UCL

Thursday 13th April 2023, 13:00, HRB lecture theatre (Hybrid)

Host: Prof Matt Nolan

'Impact of transposable elements in neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration'

'The neurobiology of individuality'

Prof Gerd Kemperman, Adult neurogenesis, speaker and research group leader - DZNE, Dresden

Tuesday 21st March 2023, 13:00, Undergraduate Medical Teaching Room (GU318), BioQuarter (Hybrid)

Hosts: Prof Seth Grant 

'A gut sense'

Dr Melanie (Maya) Kaelberer, sensory neuro-gastroenterologist, Duke University, Durham, NC

Thursday 16th March 2023, 13:00, HRB lecture theatre (Hybrid)

Host: Dr Ann Clemens

***CANCELLED*** 'Targeting Foam Cells (Macrophages) to Improve Stroke Recovery'

Dr Kristian Doyle, Associate Professor of Immunobiology and Neurology, University of Arizona

Monday 6th March 2023, 13:00, lecture theatre B, Chancellor's Building (Hybrid)

Host: Dr Barry McColl

‘Cortical wiring by synapse type-specific control of local protein synthesis’

Dr Clémence Bernard,  Research Associate, Kings College London 

Thursday 2nd March 2023, 13:00, HRB lecture theatre (Hybrid)

Host: Dr Lida Zoupi

'Directed evolution of molecular tools for the mapping and manipulation of active neuronal circuits'

Dr Mateo Sanchez, Postdoctoral Fellow (Bioengineering), Imperial College London

Thursday 2nd February, 2023 13:00, HRB lecture theatre (Hybrid)

Host: Dr Francesco Gobbo

'Mechanisms driving joint pain'

Prof Ewan St John Smith, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge  

Thursday 19th January 2023, 13:00, HRB lecture theatre (Hybrid)

Host: Dr Carole Torsney

'Neuron Differentiation: From Chromatin to Connectivity’

Dr Adrian Moore, Riken Centre for Brain Science,  Hirosawa Wako City, Japan

Monday 9th January 2023, 13:00, QMRI - Wellcome Auditorium (E1.01), (Hybrid)

Host: Prof Seth Grant

'Astrocytes in tauopathies'

Professor Wendy Noble, Professor in Molecular Neurodegeneration, King’s College London

Monday 12th December 2022, 13:00, Undergraduate Teaching Room, Chancellor's Building (Hybrid)

Host: Prof Karen Horsburgh


'Putting a spin on developmental biology and flies to battle neurodegeneration'

2022 Mary Pickford Lecture/Alison Douglas Prize (best PhD thesis) With Prof Maria Fitzgerald - 'Pain and the developing brain'

Professor Maria Fitzgerald, Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, UCL

Thursday 10th November, 13:00, Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Host: Prof David Wyllie

'Fire-together, wire together: The role of human hippocampal oscillations and spike-timing dependent plasticity in shaping episodic memory codes'

'The molecular nanoarchitecture that controls synaptic transmission'

'Neurosteroid based therapies for improving outcome following compromised pregnancies'

Professor Jon Hirst, University of Newcastle​​​​​​

​​​​Thursday 29th September, 13:00, HRB lecture theatre (Hybrid)

Host: Dr Paula Brunton

'Perivascular macrophages and SPP1 imprint microglial phagocytic states in Alzheimer’s disease models'

Dr Sebastiaan (Seppe) De Schepper, Postdoctoral fellow, UK Dementia Research Institute at University College London​​​​​​

Wednesday 28th September, 15:00, Lecture Theatre B, Chancellor's Building

Host: The Microglia Club

'Expression of ApoE2 can protect against plaque deposition, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration despite the presence of ApoE4'

'Cognitive Resilience'

Dr Thomas Montine, MD, PhD, Medicine Professor Of Pathology, Stanford University, CA

***Cancelled*** Thursday 22nd September, 13:00, HRB lecture theatre

Host: Prof Tara Spires-Jones

'Matrix Resurrections: Novel Therapeutic Targets for Cerebrovascular Disease and COVID-19'

'Gene-environment interactions modulating brain function within and between generations'

'Translational behavioral studies reveal the potential for cannabis to treat bipolar disorder'

Professor Jared Young, University of California, San Diego | UCSD · Department of Psychiatry

Monday 6th June 2022, 13:00, Lecture Theatre B, Chancellor's Building (Hybrid)

Host: Dr Jill Fowler

'Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Cortical Interneuron Development'

The Physiological Society Members Roadshow plaque unveiling to Edward Sharpey-Schafer

'Structural constraints of neuron-astrocyte interactions at glutamatergic synapses'

'Intrinsic synaptic dynamics and why they matter'

Professor Noam Ziv, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Monday 25th April 2022, 13:00 (virtual)

Host: Prof Seth Grant

'The role of glia-neuron interactions in brain excitability and seizures'

'Vision in Action: Visual processing in active behaviours'

'What does the retrosplenial cortex do? Visual responses and visuospatial memory engrams'

'All-optical interrogation of the hippocampal role in episodic memory formation, consolidation and retrieval'

'Idling brain: from memory engram to behavior'

Prof Kaoru Inokuchi, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toyama, Japan

Monday 7th March 2022, 11:00 please note unusual start time

Host: Dr Szu-Han Wang

'Explorations in Ca2+ imaging of neural activity in freely moving rats: social cells, place cells and goal cells'

'Regional differences in neurovascular coupling and implications for disease'

'Inhibitory Microcircuits for Associative Learning'

Dr Sabine Krabbe,  Group Leader,  DZNE, Bonn

Thursday 24th February 2022, 13:00

Host: Prof Ian Duguid

'Non-productive angiogenesis in Alzheimer’s disease, a glimpse on how AD compromises non-neuronal cells'

'Oligodendrocyte progenitors alter the extracellular matrix to control differentiation and morphogenesis'

More than bystanders, learning how microglia eliminate synapses in the Alzheimer brain

'Role of tanycyte shuttles and networks in the control of glucose and energy homeostasis'