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Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar 2012


Tuesday, 20th March 2012 08.00-19.00


Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site



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

Cambridge Neuroscience is delighted to announce the 24th Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar, hosted by the Department of Pharmacology, on Tuesday 20th March 2012, in the Babbage Lecture Theatre, Cambridge.

This year, the theme is Translational Neuroscience with sessions covering obesity and appetite, pain, and sleep and circadian rhythms.

An outstanding line up of internal and external speakers has been confirmed (please see attached poster). Plenary lectures will be given by Nobel laureate Dr Linda Buck (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle) and Dr Alexandra Dürr (Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, Paris). In addition, there will be a guest lecture from Professor Irene Tracey (Department of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford). The day will conclude with a public plenary lecture given by Professor Russell Foster FRS (Department of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford), to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival.

The meeting is organised by Professor Jenny Morton for the Department of Pharmacology and Dr Dervila Glynn for Cambridge Neuroscience.

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Dr Linda Buck, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA

Dr Alexandra Durr, Hopital de la Salpetriere, Paris, FRANCE

Professor Russell Foster, University of Oxford

Guest lecture by Professor Irene Tracey, University of Oxford

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Programme at a Glance

8.00 – 8.45         Registration and poster set-up

8.50 – 9.00         Welcome from Professor Peter McNaughton, Department of Pharmacology

9.00 – 10.00       Plenary lecture

                             Chaired by Professor Alastair Compston

Dr Alexandra Dürr, Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière and Département de Génétique, Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, Paris: The presymptomatic phase of Huntington's disease

10.00 – 10.20     Refreshments

Session One       Appetite, Obesity and Satiety

                             Chaired by Professor Robin Franklin

10.20 – 10.50     Dr Lora Heisler, Department of Pharmacology: Brain serotonin receptors: targets for appetite suppression and obesity treatment

10.50 – 11.20     Professor Sadaf Farooqi, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research: Molecular and Neural Mechanisms Underlying Human Obesity

11.20 – 11.50     Professor Nicky Clayton, Department of Experimental Psychology: Food for Thought: Planning of Meal Choices by Jays and Humans

11.50 – 12.50     Plenary lecture

                             Chaired by Professor Jenny Morton

Sponsored by MedImmune

Dr Linda Buck, HHMI/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: ‘Deconstructing Smell’

12.50 – 15.10    Lunch and poster session

Session Two      Pain, from the gene to the brain

                            Chaired by Professor Angela Roberts

15.10 – 15.40    Professor Peter McNaughton, Department of Pharmacology: The cellular and molecular basis of inflammatory and neuropathic pain

15.40 – 16.10    Professor Geoff Woods, Department of Medical Genetics: A design flaw in pain signaling?; the SCN9A story

16.10 – 16.40    Guest Lecture, Professor Irene Tracey, FMRIB Centre and Nuffield Division Anaesthetics, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford: Imaging Pain and Analgesia in the Human CNS

16.40 – 17.00     Refreshments

Session Three    Sleep and Circadian Rhythms

                             Chaired by Professor Ole Paulsen

17.00 – 17.30     Dr Michael Hastings FRS, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology: The day within - circadian pacemaking in the suprachiasmatic nucleus

17.30 – 18.00     Dr Akhilesh Reddy, Department of Clinical Neurosciences: Redox oscillations and metabolic clocks

18.00 – 19.00     Public Plenary lecture

Chaired by Professor Robin Irvine FRS

Sponsored by The British Neuroscience Association (BNA)

Professor Russell Foster FRS, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford: Light, Clocks and Sleep: The Discovery of a New Photoreceptor within the Eye

To coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival.

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

The Babbage Lecture Theatre is number 17 on the map.

For a map of Downing College, please click here.

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Based on attendance at last year’s Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar we anticipate over 350 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 and the evening public lecture is free of charge. As such, we are asking for sponsorship donations and offering exhibition space for suppliers to showcase their products to our research scientists.

We have made some exciting changes to the sponsorship packages this year, including invitations to the gala conference dinner at Downing 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.

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Please contact Dr Dervila Glynn for any further information on Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar 2012.

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