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Cambridge Neuroscience Theme Development Workshops


November 2020




Dates announced - Remaining 3 workshops!

Neuroscience within Cambridge covers a wide array of topics, specialities, disciplines and techniques and it is spread across Departments and Schools. The strategic vision of the Cambridge Neuroscience IRC (Interdisciplinary Research Centre) is to deliver research innovation in neuroscience and enhance health and quality of life. Central to this vision is the aim to develop an integrated framework that will promote cutting-edge research in marrying discovery and translational neuroscience, celebrate our diverse and cross-disciplinary approach, bolster our integrative community and attract new funding and talent to develop into new horizons.

In meeting this challenge, we are in the process of developing key themes cutting across discovery and translational research to represent Cambridge Neuroscience and showcase the highly collaborative and integrative character of our research community.

The themes aim to: 

  1. cover unique areas of expertise within Cambridge Neuroscience 
  2. target areas of research with clinical and societal impact 
  3. straddle techniques and disciplines across Departments and Schools as well as the clinical-basic science division


Following consultations across Schools, we have identified 6 potential themes (described below) as follows (please note that names may be considered as place-holders and part of the ensuing process will be to establish optimal terminology):

  1. Neurons Circuits and Networks (complete) 

  2. Social Behaviour and Communication (complete) 

  3. Beyond the neuron: glia, vascular and immune cells (complete) 

  4. Brains and Machines (Nov 3rd)

  5. Adaptive Brain Computations (postponed until Nov 13th)

  6. Lifelong Brain Development (Nov 12th)


To develop the scope and integration of these themes further, we are hosting a series of inter-linked workshops, one devoted to each theme. The final three workshops will run across Michaelmas 2020 - see dates below and will run virtually. We have held the first three very successful workshops earlier this year pre Covid-19. 

Each workshop will work towards:  

  1. the scope of each theme, its key interdisciplinary strengths and the unique Cambridge opportunities 
  2. workgroup with leading expertise to promote the theme’s development and fundraising efforts 
  3. the integration of each theme within our strategic vision for Cambridge Neuroscience 

You, as a member of Cambridge Neuroscience, are invited to attend and participate in any workshop that you feel covers the breadth of your research (this may involve attending more than one workshop).

Please note that workshops are open to all, but are specifically targeted at principal investigators and senior post doctoral research associates. There will be a limited number of places for PhD students. PhD students, who register, will be notified by email if they have a confirmed place.

Please indicate, when registering, which workshops you will be attending.

All workshops are FREE and will take place over ZOOM, will take place from 14::00-17:00.  Registration is required.

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Programme at a Glance

Details of the individual workshops will be made available in due course but will comprise an introduction from Cambridge Neuroscience, a number of exemplar talks on the scope of the theme, time for discussion and networking. 

You must choose which workshop(s) you wish to attend when registering.


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4.     Brains and Machines 

Convenors: Tim O’Leary, Rudolph Cardinal, George Malliaras, Stephen Eglen

When: November 3rd 2020, 14:00-17:00

Where: ZOOM


Develop artificial intelligence approaches with applications in neuroscience and mental health. Develop computational neuroscience approaches and artificial networks to advance: a) our understanding of the workings of the brain, b) the design of neuro-inspired artificial systems, c) diagnosis of disease and prediction of treatment outcomes, paving the way to a personalised approach to mental health and brain disorder.


5.      Adaptive Brain Computations 

Convenors: Máté Lengyel, Jeff Dalley, Alex Woolgar

When: Postponed until November 13th 2020, 14:00-17:00

Where: ZOOM


Elucidate the brain mechanisms that mediate adaptive behaviour across species and scales (from molecules to neurons and behaviour). Understand the perceptual and cognitive functions that support the brain’s ability to accumulate, map, and combine present and past information for decision-making, learning, and memory. Understand the principles and mechanisms by which evolution moulds brain circuits adaptively to animal niches.

6.      Lifelong brain development 

Convenors: Angela Roberts, Matthias Landgraf, Tamsin Ford, Sarah Jayne Blakemore, Rik Henson, John O’Brien

When: November 12th 2020, 14:00-17:00

Where: Zoom


Develop an integrated multi-level model of behaviour and cognition in the developing brain across species and lifespan with translational potential in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

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These workshops will take place over ZOOM so please find a comfy seat, pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy! No commuting required! 

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Registration is FREE but is required.

Please read the following carefully:

1. Please enter N/A under Grant Code when prompted. The field requires an entry.

2. Please note that workshops are open to all, but are specifically targeted at principal investigators and senior post doctoral research associates.

3. There will be a limited number of places for PhD students. PhD students, who register, will be notified by email if they have a confirmed place.

4. There are a limited number of places available so please notify Cambridge Neuroscience by email if you are no longer able to attend any of the workshops. 

5. Please indicate which workshops you wish to register for via the tick boxes.


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These workshops are supported with funding from Cambridge Neuroscience, The Institute for Neuroscience and the Isaac Newton Trust. 

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Please contact Dervila Glynn or Arielle Bennett-Lovell should you require any further information.


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