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The 22nd Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar: Learning, Memory and Plasticity

On the 19th March, 2010, Cambridge Neuroscience held it's most successful Seminar in the event's annual 22 year history with over 400 delegates attending and 89 posters on display - a reflection of our vibrant neuroscience community here in Cambridge.

The theme for Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar 2010 was: Learning Memory and Plasticity, held at the Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museum Site, Cambridge and hosted by the Department of Experimental Psychology. With plenary lectures from Professor Robert Malenka, left (Stanford University), and Professor Malcolm Brown (University of Bristol) in addition to an outstanding programme of local research talks. The speakers and delegates converged from across Cambridge and beyond, to discuss aspects of learning, memory and plasticity in the cellular, molecular, systems, behavioural and cognitive fields. Pictures from the event and the brochure accompanying the event will be on this site shortly.

Many thanks go to our poster judges (Cambridge Neuroscientists Professor Alastair Compston, Professor Pradeep Nathen, Professor Angela Roberts, Dr. Ole Paulsen and Mr. Adrian Penrose (Regional Communications Manager for the Medical Research Council) and Dr. Peter Stern (Senior Editor for Science)) for their tireless work collectively judging 89 scientific posters during the day. The poster prize winners each receive a years subscription to Science magazine, annual membership to the British Neuroscience Association and £100. The poster winners were announced by Dr. Peter Stern and were:

Mark Renshaw with his Part II project at the Department of Experimental Psychology for winning the undergraduate poster prize competition for his poster entitled: Dissociation of cognitive functions following mutations in NMDA receptor binding scaffold proteins using a touchscreen automated cognitive test battery.

Christian Munch from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology for winning the graduate student poster prize competition for his poster entitled: A unifying mechanism for amyloidogenesis of ALS causing superoxide dismutase - 1 mutants.

Dr. James Moore from the Department of Psychiatry, Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute and Brain Mapping Unit for winning the staff poster prize competition for his poster entitled: Was that me? Using subjective time to probe the neurocognitive basis of a sense of urgency

The day concluded with an evening public lecture by Professor Daniel Wolpert, (Cambridge Neuroscience, Department of Engineering) and a public wine reception to coincide with the Cambridge Science Festival and Brain Awareness Week. Daniel provided an overview of scientific experiments designed to elucidate how the brain controls the body. Daniel described his tickle machine, automatic pea shooter, and pushing competitions to an enthralled audience of over 400 people ranging from schoolchildren to retired Professors. For information on this lecture please click here.

Meeting programme conceived by Dr. Hannah Critchlow for Cambridge Neuroscience with Dr. Amy Milton and Professor Trevor Robbins for the Department of Experimental Psychology in addition to suggestions from the Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar, 2010 organising committee and the Cambridge Neuroscience Strategy Committee. Meeting organised by Dr. Hannah Critchlow for Cambridge Neuroscience and Dr. Amy Milton and for the Department of Experimental Psychology.

Huge thanks to our helpers on the day: Tracey Greaves, Nicola Richmond, Mark Renshaw, Anushka Fernando, Josh Keeler, Emily Jordan, Dylan Rich, Cliodhna Carroll and Elizabeth Wheeler. Thanks also go to Louise White and Mary Payne for administrative assistance in preperation for the event.

Many thanks also go to our sponsors and exhibitors for their support with this event with particular thanks to the Medical Research Council and GlaxoSmithKline.


Article written by Dr. Hannah Critchlow, Cambridge Neuroscience Coordinator.

Posted on 05/10/2009

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