Neuroscience & Behaviour Symposium

Type Lectures & Talks
When 03 Apr 2014, 09:30AM - 08:30PM
Venue Frank & Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome
Open To University staff and students
For Bookings Contact Emma Gisborn egg3@le.ac.uk

Neurogenetics in health & disease Topics covered in the symposium will be at the cutting edge of the interface between neuroscience and genetics, and will showcase studies at the College by researchers in the Neuroscience & Behaviour theme. It will be open to all researchers at the University of Leicester and MRC Toxicology Unit, and advertised to external researchers at other academic and research institutions. The Neuroscience and Behaviour theme at the University of Leicester was established in 2009, and brings together expertise in laboratory, clinical and population-based sciences in order to strengthen research into neuroscience, cognition and behaviour, as well as social and applied psychology.

The Neuroscience and Behaviour symposium is the key annual event for the theme, and stimulates discussion and fosters collaboration between researchers working in the Departments of Genetics, Cell Physiology and Pharmacology, Biology, Psychology, and Engineering, as well as the MRC Toxicology unit and clinicians working for the NHS. Importantly, it also provides a platform for the development and engagement of postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The highlight of the “Neurogenetics in health and disease” symposium will be keynote presentations from two world-class researchers: Prof Gillian Bates (FMedSci FRS, King’s College London) who is an expert in the neurogenetics of Huntington’s disease, and Professor Leon Lagnado (Director of Sussex Neuroscience, University of Sussex) who has pioneered research into synaptic transmission in the visual system employing optogenetic approaches.

The symposium will include presentations from several new research teams in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, and will include representatives of every department within the Neuroscience and Behaviour theme. Postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers will also have the opportunity to present their work in the form of posters and short “data blitz” talks. The “Neurogenetics in health and disease” symposium will promote cooperation and collaboration between researchers working in the Neuroscience and Behaviour theme and promises to be an intellectually stimulating and inspiring day.

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