Annual Neuroscience & Behaviour Symposium 2012


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Theme: Individual differences in behaviour

Date: Thursday 3rd May 2012

Venue: Frank & Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building

From neuromolecular mechanisms to consequences for human health and animal ecology

Differences in the behaviour of individuals have long held a fascination for biologists, psychologists and clinical scientists. Recently, there has been a surge of interest across these formerly disparate research fields, addressing issues such as the neuronal and molecular mechanisms underpinning behavioural variation, the interactive role of genetic and environmental factors in the development of behaviour and the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms that maintain intraspecific behavioural variation. Although researchers adopt field-specific approaches to investigating these questions, there is increasing recognition of the value in synergistic approaches to studying individual behavioural differences and the field is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary.

In this one-day symposium we bring together expertise from across the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology to showcase current projects investigating a wide range of questions allied to the broad theme of understanding individual differences in behaviour. In addition to talks by research group leaders from the Schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, we are delighted to announce seminars by two eminent plenary speakers:

Professor Geraint Rees

Director of UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Holder of a Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellowship, and honorary consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery. Prof Rees’ work aims to develop our understanding of the neural basis of human consciousness in health and disease.

Professor Kevin Fone

Head of the Central Nervous System Disorders group & Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham

Prof Fone’s research takes a whole animal integrated physiological approach to investigating the functional role of 5-HT in the CNS and to evaluate the impact of early-life interventions on brain development and behaviour.

Other confirmed speakers include:

Dr Iain Barber (Biology)

Prof Terry Brugha (Health Sciences)

Prof Gordon Harold (Psychology)

Prof Ruth Luthi-Carter (CPP)

Dr John Maltby (Psychology)

Dr Will Norton (Biology)

Additional speakers to be confirmed at a later date


Please register your interest with Emma Gisborn by 16th March 2012


If you want to present a poster you must submit a 250-word abstract to Emma Gisborn by 16th March and indicate whether you agree to your poster being considered for a 5-minute oral summary presentation during the poster highlights session.

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