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Autumn school

The 2019 Oxford Autumn School in Neuroscience will be held in the Sherrington Building on Sept 26th and 27th. This year’s programme covers a wide range of topics including: Language, Neurophysiology, Computational Neuroscience and Neurodegenerative diseases.

This FREE event is a regular feature of our Oxford Neuroscience calendar and attracts delegates from across the UK and beyond.  Featuring 16 speakers from the UK, North America and Europe this year’s Autumn School will host up to 300 delegates, over two days.

The University of Oxford has signed a memorandum of understanding for a strategic research partnership with the four institutions within the Berlin University Alliance: Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The Autumn School in Neuroscience is grateful for support from this partnership.

 

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Thursday 26th September                                                       

 

09.25 Welcome: Professor Masud Husain, Chair Autumn School in Neuroscience

Language | Talking Brains: from bats to bilinguals

Chair:    Professor Kate Watkins, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

09.30 - 10.10     Dr Sonja Vernes, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Studying bats to shed light on speech and language

10.10 - 10.50     Professor Anne-Lise Giraud, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Speech processing with (and without) cortical oscillations

10.50 - 11.20      Break

11.20 - 12.00      Dr Gesa Hartwigsen, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Adaptive plasticity in the language network

12.00 - 12.40      Dr Denise Klein, Centre for Mind, Brain, Language & Music, McGill University, Canada

How language experience shapes the brain

12.40 - 13.30      Lunch and poster session, Sherrington Library

 

Neurophysiology | To go or not to go: diversity in dopamine neuron biology

Chairs:  Professor Stephanie Cragg, Dept. of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

               Dr Mark Walton, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

13.30 – 14.10     Dr Paul Dodson, School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of Bristol

Heterogeneity in the encoding of behaviour by dopamine neurons

14.10 - 14.50      Professor Stephanie Cragg, Dept. of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

Diverse axonal gating of dopamine transmission in the striatum

14.50 - 15.20      Break

15.20 - 16.00      Dr Lauren Burgeno , University of Washington/Dept. of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

Diametric changes in ventral striatal dopamine mediate drug taking and drug seeking behaviour

16.00 - 16.40      Dr Mark Howe, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University

Functional diversity of striatum neuromodulator signalling on multiple spatial scales during behaviour

 

Friday 27th September

 

Computational Neuroscience |

Chairs:  Professor Andrew King and Tim Vogels, Dept. of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford


09.00 - 09.40     Prof. Dr. Klaus Obermayer, Technical University, Berlin

Computational models of electric field effects on neurons and neural populations

09.40 - 10.20      Prof. Dr. Benjamin Lindner, Institute for Physics, Humbolt University, Berlin

Sources and effects of fluctuations in models of spiking neurons

10.20 - 10.50      Break

10.50 - 11.30      Dr Andrew Saxe, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

A deep learning theory of perceptual learning

11.30 - 12.10      Prof. Dr. Henning Sprekeler, Institute for Theoretical Biology, Humbolt University, Berlin

Sparse bursts optimize information transmission in a multiplexed neural code

12.10 -13.10       Lunch and poster session, Sherrington Library

 

Neurodegenerative disease: molecules, movement and memory

Chair:    Professor Richard Wade-Martins, Dept. of Physiol. Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

13.10 - 13.50      Assoc. Professor Michele Hu, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford

Unravelling the heterogeneity of Parkinson’s: the Discovery Cohort

13.50 – 14.30     Professor Richard Wade-Martins, Dept. of Physiol. Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

Parkinson’s: from disease mechanisms to target discovery

14.30 - 15.00      Break

15.00 - 15.40      Dr Selina Wray, Institute of Neurology, University College London, London

Human stem cell models of Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia

15.40 - 16.20      Dr Simon Cox, Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh

Brain and cognitive ageing

16.20 - 16.35      Closing remarks