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6th Cambridge Neuroscience Symposium | Neural Networks in Health and Disease


September 7-8 2017


West Road Concert Hall



On behalf of the Directors of the Cambridge Neuroscience IRC, Professors Ed Bullmore and Ole Paulsen, we invite you to our forthcoming Cambridge Neuroscience Symposium that will take place on the 7th and 8th of September 2017 at West Road Concert Hall, University of Cambridge. The theme for this symposium is ‘Neural Networks in Health and Disease’ comprising seven sessions including ‘Building Circuits’, ‘Network Analysis and Functional Circuits’, ‘Ageing Circuits’, ‘Emotional Circuits’ and ‘Modulating Circuits’.

The programme will feature many distinguished national and international speakers, 22 speakers in total (10 from USA, 4 from Europe and UK and 8 from Cambridge). This is generally a very popular meeting, which attracts an international audience of up to 500 delegates.

Technological developments have enabled us to study neural networks and circuits at unprecedented level of detail. At the same time, network science has come of age to be able to analyse these new data. Together, great new insights into brain function and dysfunction have emerged. This symposium aims to bring together experts in these fields of neuroscience and take us to the forefront of our current understanding of modern brain science.

Poster exhibition

There will be a poster exhibition held during the conference with generous prizes. Posters can cover any of the five themes of Cambridge Neuroscience

Please note that poster boards will be 1 metre (w) by 2 metres (h). Please note that the optimum size for posters is A0 portrait (i.e. 841mm (w) x 1189mm (h)). If your poster is already printed and does not fit these requirements, please contact Dervila Glynn.

Data Blitz on Friday 8th September 2017

There will be a data blitz for early career researchers held during the main programme. Abstracts will be selected from submitted poster abstracts. Research can cover any of the five themes of Cambridge Neuroscience. Deadline for Abstract submission is August 11th 2017 and presenters will be notified of selection by August 25th (Early abstract submission is advisable) to ensure adequate preparation time. Selected presenters will be allowed to speak for a maximum of 3 minutes.

Reception and Gala Conference Dinner at Trinity College on 7th September 2017

There will be a drinks reception and conference dinner at Trinity College on 7th September.

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The Alan Hodgkin Plenary Lecture

Professor Edward Callaway

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies




The Andrew Huxley Lecture

Professor William Seeley

University of California, San Francisco


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Programme at a Glance

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6th Cambridge Neuroscience Symposium | Neural Networks in Health and Disease | 7-8 September 2017

West Road Concert Hall, University of Cambridge

Symposium Day One: Thursday 7th September 2017



Registration and coffee


Opening of the Symposium

Opening address, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz


Session One: Network analysis and functional circuits

Chair: Professor Ed Bullmore, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge


Opening lecture

Professor Albert-Lazlo Barabasi

Center for Complex Network Research Northeastern University

Taming complexity: controlling networks


Professor Dmitri “Mitya” Chklovskii

Simons Center for Data Analysis,

Simons Foundation



The Alan Hodgkin Lecture

Professor Ed Callaway

Systems Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Imaging the mouse visual system: parallel pathways and visual cortical areas




Session Two: Building circuits and neurodevelopmental disorders

Chair: Professor Christine Holt, Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Cambridge


Professor Bill Harris

Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience,

University of Cambridge

Building the inner plexiform layer of the retina


Professor Josh Sanes

Center for Brain Science,

Harvard University

Wiring up the retina: cells and synapses


Dr Petra Vertes

Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

Bridging the gap: from macro-scale connectomics to micro-scale biological mechanisms


Lunch, Poster Session and Trade Exhibition

Session Three: Adaptive circuits and network plasticity

Chair: Professor Zoe Kourtzi, Department of Psychology, Cambridge


Dr Yoshi Aso

Janelia Research Campus/Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge

Mnemonic functions of parallel memory units and dopaminergic neurons in Drosophila


Professor Rik Henson

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit,

University of Cambridge

Adaptive networks in human fMRI data: diaschisis, state-dependence and cognition


Dr Danielle Bassett

Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Virtual cortical resection reveals push-pull network control preceding seizure evolution



Session Four: Emotional circuits and psychiatric disorders

Chair: , Department of Psychology, Cambridge


Professor Joe LeDoux

Center for Neural Science,

New York University

Have we misunderstood Fear and Anxiety?


Professor Angela Roberts

Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience,

University of Cambridge

Prefrontal circuits underlying anxiety and anhedonia in a primate


Professor Deanna Barch

Departments of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Psychiatry, and Radiology, Washington University in St Louis

Connectomics and Psychopathology


Reception at Trinity College, Cambridge


Conference dinner at Trinity College, Cambridge

Symposium Day Two: Friday 8th September 2017

Session Five: Behaving circuits and movement disorders

Chair: Professor Jenny Morton, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Cambridge


Dr Marta Zlatic

Janelia Research Campus/

Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Circuit principles of memory-based behavioral-choice


Professor Stephanie Cragg

Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics,

University of Oxford

Gating dopamine transmission in striatum


Professor Tipu Aziz

Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences,

University of Oxford

Gait freezing and falls in Parkinson’s disease, from primate to man




Session Six: Modulating circuits, sleep and eating

Chair: Professor Susan Gathercole, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit


Professor Gero Miesenboeck

Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour,

University of Oxford

Light Sleep


Dr Michael Hastings

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge

Astrocytes: the dark side of the circadian clock circuit



Data Blitz

Chaired and coordinated by Dr Kirstie Whitaker



Lunch, Poster Session and Trade Exhibition

Session Six: Modulating circuits cntd.


Dr Denis Burdakov

The Francis Crick Institute, London

Hypothalamic networks and vital behaviour


Professor Sadaf Farooqi

Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge

Neural mechanisms involved in the regulation of body weight in humans





Session Seven: Ageing circuits and Dementia

Chair: Professor Giovanna Mallucci, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge


Dr Julie Harris

Allen Institute for Brain Science

Mapping structural connectivity of vulnerable networks in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease


Dr Dennis Chan

Department of Clinical Neurosciences,

University of Cambridge

The entorhinal cortex-hippocampal circuit in early Alzheimer’s disease



The Andrew Huxley Lecture

Professor William Seeley

Memory and Aging Center, University of California at San Francisco

Network-based neurodegeneration



Drinks reception, Foyer West Road Concert Hall & Symposium close

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Please click here for directions to the West Road Concert Hall.

Map showing location of West Road Concert Hall

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Registration fees are heavily subsidised and include refreshments and lunch on both days, an evening wine reception on September 8th 2017, in addition to admittance to all talks. Please note that attendance at the Gala Conference dinner and drinks reception at Trinity College is charged in addition to registration.


Cambridge Neuroscientists: please register as normal (required). We will be collecting your payment on a Departmental/Institution basis so please provide your group leader's name and account code checking with your PI first. You must enter some text into the account code section. Please enter 'paid by cc' if paying for yourself. If you wish to pay for yourself by card, please use the separate online payment system (your department will not be charged a second time).

Undergraduates - £60

Emeritus member - £60

Postdocs, Postgraduate students, Research Assistants - £80.00

Faculty/PI and other - £100.00

Reception and Gala conference dinner at Trinity College - £45

Academics not from Cambridge: Registration is a 2-stage process. Please register as normal (required) before paying using the separate online payment system (required). Please note that cheques or cash will not be accepted on the day of the conference.

The booking system accepts all major credit/debit cards apart from American Express.

Undergraduates - £140.00

Postgraduate students, Research Assistants - £160.00

Postdocs, Faculty/PI and other - £180.00

Reception and Gala conference dinner at Trinity College - £65


Industry or other: Please register as normal (required) before paying using the online payment system or provide an address for your invoice to be sent to. Please note that cheques or cash will not be accepted on the day of the conference.

Conference registration - £240

Reception and Gala conference dinner at Trinity College - £65


Please get in touch if there are 10 are more delegates in your group for details of College accommodation and group discount rates.


Cancellation Policy - Terms and Conditions

We hope that you will not have to cancel your registration, however, should this be necessary please see the terms below.

We take receipt of a completed registration form as acceptance of the terms and conditions as stipulated and subsequent payment must be made using the online payment system.

Cancellation of your conference registration will only be possible before the following dates by sending an email to

Cancellation before 1 September 2017: 100% refund of registration fee

Cancellation after 1 September 2017: no refund

Cambridge Neuroscience is not responsible for accommodation bookings for the conference. Any cancellation policy should be checked with the hotel when a reservation is made and claims should be made directly with the hotel.

Payment by external delegates must be received in full prior to the conference. Access will not be permitted if full payment has not been received.

Delegates who do not attend the conference (and have not cancelled their registration within the correct time frame) will be charged accordingly.



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Please contact Dr Dervila Glynn for more information on the different sponsorship opportunities available.

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This is generally a very popular International meeting (50% external delegates) with Cambridge Neuroscientists coming from over 40 different Neuroscience related Departments and Institutions affiliated with the University of Cambridge. For further information regarding Cambridge Neuroscience, please visit our website:

Registration for this event is heavily subsidised. As such, we are asking for sponsorship donations and offering exhibition space for suppliers to showcase their products to our research scientists.

We have some exciting sponsorship packages available, including invitations to the conference dinner at Trinity College and increased contact time for sponsors with the conference delegates during the poster sessions. This could be an excellent opportunity for your company to communicate that it is making a significant investment in Neuroscience in Cambridge.

Please contact Dr Dervila Glynn for more information on the different sponsorship opportunities available (low resolution version).

Sponsorship Packages Available (high res)

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Please contact Dr Dervila Glynn for more information.

Accommodation and spending time in Cambridge

For everything you need to know about Cambridge including reserving accommodation for your stay in one of the Cambridge Colleges, please see the Meet Cambridge website. Here you will find details about transport, parking, guided tours and a ‘What’s on’ guide to help you plan your time while in Cambridge.

In addition, there are several city centre hotels and guesthouses in Cambridge, which offer a wide range of accommodation with something to suit every taste and budget. Staying in historic Cambridge college accommodation during the student vacations is a unique opportunity. With centrally-located bed and breakfast (B&B) rooms available per person, per night, it offers a cost effective option for those looking for city centre accommodation. You could trace the footsteps of graduates such as Newton, Darwin, Wordsworth, John Cleese, and Prince Charles. You will eat in the college hall, and could wander through the college's gardens and courts, learn about the college's history followed by a drink in the college bar.

Please see the official website for visiting Cambridge and the surrounding area for more details.

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