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Emerging Neuroscientist Seminar Series: Graziana Gatto 

Start: Sep 13, 2018 12:00:00 PM
End: Sep 13, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Talk Title: Dissecting the organization and logic of spinal circuits for sensorimotor coding 

Biography: 
I graduated from the University of Naples in 2006 with a Masters degree in Medical Biotechnology. During my research project I characterized the molecular mechanisms by which the Epstein-Barr virus induces microRNA expression. Following a Summer studentship at the LMB-MRC in Cambridge I moved to the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Munich where I obtained my PhD in September 2013. For my PhD I studied how the modulation of Eph/ephrin and neurotrophic factor signaling regulates motor and sensory neuron guidance while based in the laboratory of Rüdiger Klein. I then joined Profesor Martyn Goulding's lab at the Salk Institute as an EMBO Fellow in September 2014 to study the role of dorsal spinal interneurons in shaping the motor response to aversive stimuli. I am particularly interested in combining genetic, optogenetic and pharmacological approaches to functionally and molecularly characterize the different subclasses of dorsal interneurons involved in processing withdrawal reflex and itching behaviors.

Annual Symposium: Cross-Species Conversations: Integrating findings across nervous systems

Start: Sep 21, 2018 3:00:00 PM
End: Sep 21, 2018 6:00:00 PM

This September the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre's Systems Seminars series will once again be hosting its annual Symposium, this year entitled Cross-species conversations: Integrating findings across nervous systems.
Neuroscientists today focus primarily on studying a few key species. As a result our understanding of each of these species individual nervous systems has increased considerably, but how has each of these lines of research informed the others? Rather than knowing the specifics pertaining to the nervous system of a distant evolutionary cousin, our aim as neuroscientists should be to understand general principles of nervous system function, which might apply within or across entire phyla. How can studying such a wide variety of species help us discover such principles? Should we be extending our reach into more diverse species? Or should we narrow down our approach to study a few species in depth? If so, which species should we focus on and why? What is clear is that if we are to integrate findings across species in the coming decades of research, we must aim to resolve these important questions and the methodological considerations that accompany them.
On September 21st we will welcome a panel of internationally renowned neuroscientists from leading institutes in the USA, Portugal, Germany and England. Their research focuses on both the commonly studied species, as well as some of the more unusual ones, and their teams are presently involved in cross-species projects. Our Symposium will provide the opportunity to hear engaging talks, join the discussion with our panel of researchers, and interact closely with the invited speakers and other like-minded people in our signature smaller group discussions and post-symposium BBQ and party. We hope to see you there!
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Joint Symposium by NEUReka! and the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

Start: Oct 12, 2018 1:00:00 PM
End: Oct 12, 2018 6:00:00 PM

What is the quantum of neural computation?

This October the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology's NEUReka! team and the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre will be hosting their second joint symposium, this year entitled: From synapses to behaviour: what is the quantum of neural computation?