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The 2020 Oxford Autumn School in Neuroscience will be held on September 28th and 29th.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions this meeting will be entirely online.

This year’s programme covers a wide range of topics including: The Power of drosophila research, Computational Neuroscience, Evolutionary Neurobiology and linking MRI to microscopy

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, America and Europe this year’s Autumn School will host  over 6000 delegates, over two days.


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Monday 28th September


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


The power of Drosophila research: Neural mechanisms at cellular resolution

Chair:    Professor Scott Waddell, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, Department of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

09.30 - 10.10      Dr Gregory Jefferis, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge

Whole brain circuits for learned and innate behaviour

10.10 - 10.50      Dr Lucia Prieto-Godino, The Francis Crick Institute, London.

Evolution of olfactory circuits on the fly


10.50 - 11.00      Break


11.00 - 11.40      Dr Carlos Ribeiro, Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, Lisbon

Dissecting the neuronal basis of nutritional decisions

11.40 - 12.20      Professor Irene Miguel-Aliaga, London Institute of Medical Sciences, Imperial College, London.

The second brain of a simpler gut


12.20 - 13.00      Lunch break


Deep learning theories in neuroscience: Potential and pitfalls

Chair:    Dr Andrew Saxe, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

13.00 – 13.40     Dr Tim Kietzmann, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University

Deep neural networks as a framework for understanding the dynamic computations of the human visual system

13.40 - 14.20      Dr Rebecca Jackson, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge

Reverse-Engineering the Neural Architecture for Controlled Semantic Cognition


14.20 - 14.30      Break


14.30 - 15.10      Dr Andrew Saxe, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

Dynamics of learning contextual, controlled, and abstract representations in deep neural networks and the brain

15.10 - 15.50      Professor Kalanit Grill-Spector, Vision and Perception Neuroscience Lab, Stanford University

Human visual cortex as a window into the developing brain


Tuesday 29th September


Neurobiology: Evolutionary Insights

Chair:    Professor Robin Dunbar, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

09.30 - 10.10      Dr Jerome Sallet, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford 

Anatomo-functional properties of the social brain in human and non-human primates

10.10 - 10.50      Professor Sophie Scott, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

The neurobiology of speech and laughter - an evolutionary perspective


10.50 – 11.00     Break


11.00 - 11.40      Dr Gillian Brown, School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews

Prenatal hormones and sex differences in human behaviour

11.40 - 12.20      Professor Robin Dunbar, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

The neurobiology of social bonding


12.20 - 13.00      Lunch Break


Crossing scales in neuroanatomy: Linking MRI to microscopy

Chair:    Professor Karla Miller, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, University of Oxford

13.00 - 13.40      Dr Konrad Wagstyl, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, London

BigBrain atlas of cortical layers: Linking cortical microstructure to in vivo measures of cortical structure

13.40 - 14.20      Dr Manisha Aggarwal, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins

From mesoscale imaging to micro-imaging and beyond: Probing length scales in the brain with diffusion MRI


14.20 - 14.30      Break


14.30 - 15.10      Dr Anastasia Yendiki, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Tracts you can trust: Integrating microscale optical imaging and mesoscale diffusion MRI

15.10 - 15.50      Prof Ellison F. Cardoso, Prof Maria da Graça Martin and Prof Helmut Heinsen, Department of Radiology, University of São Paulo Medical School

High-resolution MRI: experience from an imaging platform in the autopsy room             

15.50 - 16.00      Closing remarks