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The Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar, 2010


19th March, 2010, 9.00 - 20.00


Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site


We are delighted to announce the 22nd Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar. Hosted by the Department of Experimental Psychology

The theme for Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar for 2010 is: Learning, Memory and Plasticity 

With plenary lectures from Professor Robert Malenka, (Stanford University), and Professor Malcolm Brown (University of Bristol) in addition to an outstanding programme of local research talks.

The day will conclude with a public lecture from Professor Daniel Wolpert (Cambridge Neuroscience, Department of Engineering) to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival and Brain Awareness Week.

To download the poster and programme for this event (PDF format) please click on the links.

This annual Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar provides the opportunity to keep abreast with new work occurring across Cambridge, make new connections and maybe start a new collaboration.

We hope that you will be able to join us at the Babbage Lecture Theatre on Friday 19th of March, 2010.

Meeting organised by Dr. Amy Milton for the Department of Experimental Psychology and Dr. Hannah Critchlow, Strategic Manager for Cambridge Neuroscience. Please contact for all meeting enquiries.

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Time Speaker

09.00 - 09.40

09.40 - 09.45

09.45 - 10.30




10.30 - 10.50


Session One


10.50 - 11.20


11.20 - 11.50


11.50 - 12.00


12.00 - 12.20


Session Two

12.20 - 12.50



12.50 - 13.20



13.20 - 13.30


13.30 - 15.15


Session Three


15.15 - 15.45



15.45 - 16.15

16.15 - 16.25


16.25 - 16.45


16.45 - 17.30




17.30 - 18.00


18.00 - 19.00






19.00 - 20.00

 Refreshments, registration and poster set-up

Welcome and introduction

Plenary lecture: Professor Robert Malenka (Stanford)

"Synaptic Plasticity: The Brain's Response to Experience"

Introduced by Professor William Harris (PDN)




Learning and Plasticity

Chaired by: Professor Seth Grant (Sanger)

Dr Susan Jones (PDN)

"Neuromodulation and Plasticity in the Substantia Nigra"

Dr Ingo Greger (MRC-LMB)

"AMPA Receptor Subunit Assembly - Mechanisms and Dynamics"

General discussion




Learning and Plasticity

Chaired by: Professor Tony Dickinson (Experimental Psychology)

Dr Steve Rogers (Zoology)

"Mechanisms and Consequences of phenotypic plasticity during

phase change in locusts"

Professor Keith Kendrick (Babraham)

"Learning, Theta-Nested Gamma Oscillations and Neural Network Encoding

in Inferotemporal Cortex"

General discussion


Lunch and poster session



Chaired by: Professor Barry Keverne (Zoology)

Dr Lisa Saksida (Experimental Psychology)

"Memory, Perception and the Ventral Visual-Perirhinal-Hippocampal

Stream: Thinking Outside of the Boxes"

Dr Michael Anderson (CBSU)

General discussion




Plenary lecture: Professor Malcolm Brown (University of Bristol)

"Recognition Memory and Neural Plasticity Mechanisms"

Introduced by Professor Trevor Robbins (Experimental Psychology)




Public plenary lecture: Professor Daniel Wolpert (Engineering)

"The Master Puppeteer: How the Brain Controls the Body"

Introduced by Professor Alastair Compston (Clinical Neurosciences)

A public lecture to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival and

Brain Awareness Week


Wine reception

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Programme at a Glance

Plenary Lecturers

Professor Robert Malenka, Stanford University

Dr Robert C. Malenka is the Pritzker Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Pritzker Laboratory, and co-director of the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a world leader in elucidating the the molecular mechanisms by which neural circuits are reorganized by experience. His many contributions over the last 25 years have laid the groundwork for a much more sophisticated understanding of the mechanisms by which neurons communicate and the adaptations in synaptic communication which underlie all forms of normal and pathological behavior. He has been at the forefront of helping to apply the knowledge gained from basic neuroscience research to the treatment and prevention of major neuropsychiatric disorders. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (2004) and an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009). His public service includes serving on the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and as a Councilor for the Society for Neuroscience. He is the co-author of the textbook Molecular Neuropharmacology: A Foundation for Clinical Neuroscience and has served on the editorial boards of many prominent journals including Neuron, Trends in Neuroscience, Biological Psychiatry and the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Professor Malcolm Brown, University of Bristol

Professor Malcolm Brown is the Professor of Anatomy and Cognitive Neuroscience, Research Director for the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences and a Founder Member of the MRC Centre for Synaptic Plasticity at the University of Bristol. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society. His research focuses on the neural processes that lie behind memory and learning, particularly the neural substrates of recognition memory. Different brain areas are involved in recognition memory, depending on the nature of the stimulus. A system centring on perirhinal cortex deals with the discrimination of individual item familiarity, whereas a system involving the hippocampus deals with associational, spatial and recollective aspects of recognition memory. To understand the neural processes underlying memory, he has pioneered studies using anatomical, electrophysiological, pharmacological, molecular genetic, psychological and computational modelling techniques to test for consistencies and inconsistencies in the changes produced in behaviour, neuronal activity and cellular processes related to recognition memory. Notably, the perirhinal cortex is differentially activated depending on stimulus familiarity; with repetition, a stimulus causes long-lasting depression of the neuronal responses. Computational modelling studies have established that encoding familiarity in this manner can provide an efficient way to process and store information.


Professor Daniel Wolpert, Department of Engineering

We are delighted that Professor Daniel Wolpert will be delivering the Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar, 2010 public evening lecture to coincide with Brain Awareness Week and the Cambridge Science Festival. All welcome to attend, registration is not required for this public lecture although please arrive early to guarentee a seat.

The Master Puppeteer: How the Brain Controls the Body

The effortless ease with which humans move-our arms, our eyes, even our lips when we speak-masks the true complexity of the processes involved. This is evident when we try to build machines to perform human tasks. While computers can now  beat grand-masters at chess, no computer can yet control a robot to  manipulate a chess piece with the dexterity of a six-year-old child.  How the brain is able to learn to generate such skillful movement is one of the most intriguing questions in neuroscience and the focus of Professor Daniel Wolpert's lecture.

Professor Daniel Wolpert read medical sciences at Cambridge and clinical medicine at Oxford before completing a PhD in the Physiology Department at Oxford. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at MIT in Boston, before moving to the Institute of Neurology, UCL. In 2005 he took up the post of Professor of Engineering for the Life Sciences at the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of Trinity College. His research interests are computational and experimental approaches to understand how humans learn skilled movements. (

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For the University map of the New Museums Site please click here.

The Babbage Lecture Theatre is number three on the map.

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Registration deadline: 5th March, 2010.

Registration fees are heavily subsidised and include refreshments, lunch, an evening wine reception, in addition to admittance to all talks.

Cambridge Neuroscientists: Undergraduates - free; Emeritus member - free; Postgraduate students - £10.00; Postdocs, Faculty/PI and other £20.00. We will be collecting these by department so please provide your group leader's name checking with your PI first!

Academics from other Institutes: Undergraduates - free; Postgraduate students - £30.00; Postdocs, Faculty/PI and other £50.00. Industry or other: £100. Whilst registering please provide your postal address for the invoice.

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