2014 Neuroscience Symposium - Registration Open

The 2014 Neuroscience Symposium, hosted by the UCL Neuroscience Domain, will take place at the Institute of Education on Thursday 19 June. 

We are delighted to announce that 2013 Nobel Prize Winner Professor James Rothman will deliver the symposium's opening address and Professor Cori Bargmann the 2012 Kavli Prize Laureate will be delivering the closing address for the 2014 Symposium.  

We are expecting more than 800 Neuroscientists from across the UCL community to come along to the annual symposium to find out more about the latest research in neuroscience at UCL, share expertise and enhance relationships.

There will be two large poster sessions which will feature research and lab posters across 6 themes: Cognition and Behaviour; Developmental Neuroscience; Disorders of the Nervous System; Neural Excitability, Synapses and Glia Posters; Novel Methods, Resources and Technology; Development Posters and Sensory and Motor Systems Poster.


If you would like to register for the 2014 UCL Neuroscience Symposium visit the eventbrite regsitration page


Pathways to Thought


Thursday 19 June 2014


8.15am - Registration

Talks from 9am - 5pm (followed by a wine reception)


Institute of Education, Bedford Way, London


Please register via our eventbrite registration page 

We will also be hosting a poster exhibition again this year, and will be asking for research and laboratory poster titles and abstracts at the time of registration.


If you have any queries regarding the 2014 Neuroscience Symposium please contact

Rachel Heatley, UCL Neuroscience Communications and Events Officer

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 2419 (Internal: 52419)

Email: r.heatley@ucl.ac.uk


The 2014 Neuroscience Symposium, hosted by the UCL Neuroscience Domain, will take place at the Institute of Education on Thursday 19 June.

We are expecting more than 800 Neuroscientists from across the UCL community to come along to the annual symposium to find out more about the latest research in neuroscience at UCL, share expertise and enhance relationships.

There will be two large poster sessions which will feature research and lab posters across 6 themes:

  • Cognition and Behaviour
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Disorders of the Nervous System
  • Neural Excitability, Synapses and Glia Posters
  • Novel Methods, Resources and Technology
  • Development Posters
  • Sensory and Motor Systems Posters

Who should attend?

This meeting is open to all researchers (PhD students, postdocs, research associates and Principal Investigators) working on any aspect of neuroscience within UCL, or partner NHS organisations (UCLH, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, associated Mental Health Trusts).

A limited number of tickets will also be made available to:

  • UCL BSc/MSc students on neuroscience-related courses;
  • Neuroscience colleagues with affiliation to the Francis Crick Institute.

To confirm authenticity of your registration, please use your UCL/NHS email address when registering (i.e. do not use gmail, hotmail etc).

If you are affiliated to the Francis Crick Institute please use your primary organisation's address.


Keynote Speakers

Professor James Rothman

Yale University/UCL Institute of Neurology

2013 Nobel Prize Winner Professor James Rothman will deliver the opening address for this year’s symposium.

Professor Rothman, the Wallace Professor of the Biomedical Sciences at Yale University, is one of the world's most distinguished biochemists and cell biologists. He is Chairman of the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Cell Biology and is the Director and founder of the Nanobiology Institute at Yale.  He is also a research professor at UCL’s Institute of Neurology. 

Professor James Rothman

Professor Cori Bargmann

Rockefeller University

Professor Cori Bargmann, the 2012 Kavli Prize Laureate will give the closing address for this year’s symposium.

Professor Bargmann is director of the Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior and co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior, and is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Cori Bargmann

UCL Speakers

Prof Nick Fox

Dementia Research Centre,

UCL Institute of Neurology

Nick Fox’s first degree was in Physics and Physiology; he subsequently graduated in Medicine and specialised in cognitive neurology. His research has focussed on early diagnosis in the neurodegenerative dementias and biomarkers for trials of potential disease-modifying therapies in AD and related disorders. A particular interest has been the use of imaging (particularly MRI) in dementia. He has developed techniques for registration-based atrophy measurements that are now widely used in clinical trials. In addition he has a longstanding interest in longitudinal clinical and imaging studies of familial dementias.

Professor Nick Fox

Dr Antonia Hamilton

UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience,

Div of Psychology & Language Sciences

Dr Hamilton is a Senior Lecturer and leader of the Social Neuroscience group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (UCL).  Prior to that, she completed a PhD on the impact of neuronal noise for the optimal control of human arm movements, and postdoctoral work on imitation in autism and brain systems for action understanding. 

She was a lecturer at the University of Nottingham until 2013, and was awarded the Experimental Psychology Society prize lectureship for 2013.  Her current research interests include how and why people imitate each other, how social skills differ in autism, and the neural mechanisms of social interaction.  These questions are under investigation as part of the INTERACT project, funded by the European Research council to use virtual reality to explore human social interaction.

Dr Antonia Hamilton

Dr Tara Keck

UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology,

Div of Biosciences

Tara Keck did her B.A. in biomedical engineering at Harvard University and her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Boston University. She then did her postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Munich, Germany.

In 2010, she was awarded an MRC Career Development Fellowship, which she started in the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at King's College London, before moving to UCL to the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology in 2014. Her work focuses on synaptic plasticity in the visual cortex.

Dr Tara Keck

Prof Josef Kittler

UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology,

Div of Biosciences

Josef Kittler is an MRC Senior Non-Clinical Fellow in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology. He graduated in 1996 with a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Bath and a PhD from UCL in 2001.

Following postdoctoral studies, he was awarded in 2005 an MRC Career Development Award to establish his independent research group. Dr Kittler’s lab is interested in understanding the contribution played by intracellular transport and membrane trafficking of neurotransmitter receptors and mitochondria in regulating the activity and plasticity of synapses and how this goes wrong in neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases.

Professor Josef Kittler

Prof Cathy Price

Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging

Cathy Price has dedicated her career to understanding the brain mechanisms that support cognitive functions such as object recognition, reading and language. She has a BSc in Physiology and Psychology with a PhD in cognitive neuropsychology.

During her postdoctoral training, she worked on the design and analysis of the earliest functional neuroimaging studies of reading. Since 1997, she has been funded by the Wellcome Trust to build a functional anatomical model of auditory and visual word processing. This led her into pioneering a clinical tool that will predict speech and language recovery after brain damage.

Professor Cathy Price

Dr Ludvic Zrinzo

Motor Neuroscience & Movement Disorders

Ludvic pursued undergraduate medical studies in Malta and postgraduate studies and neurosurgical training in London and UCLA. As Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Neurosurgery at UCL, his research interest is central neuromodulation. He received a PhD in Neurosurgery from UCL for work on using MRI-verified Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to improve surgical safety, accuracy and efficacy.

Current DBS projects include application of advanced neuroimaging techniques and investigation of novel anatomical targets and indications. The UCL Unit of Functional Neurosurgery is conducting several clinical trials, including DBS for severe refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome and Parkinson’s disease dementia.

Dr Ludvic Zrinzo

Early Career Prize Winners

Each year the UCL Neuroscience Domain presents the Early Career Neuroscience Prize to two UCL neuroscientists. The prize aims to recognise outstanding work published in the past year by early career UCL neuroscientists in any field of neuroscience, and is awarded in two categories; junior scientist and advanced scientist. Winners receive a cash prize and are given the opportunity to present their work at the annual UCL Neuroscience Symposium.

Provisional Programme

Thursday 19 June, 2014

The full programme will be announced in April

8.15-9.00 Registration – Tea & Coffee
9.00-9.10 Welcome
Session 1: Opening Address  
9.10-10.00 Professor James Rothman, Yale University/UCL Institute of Neurology
10.00-11.30 Poster Session 1 (Tea and refreshments)
Session 2  
11.30-13.00 3 UCL speakers and 1 Early Career Prize Winner
13.00-14.30 Poster Session 2 (Lunch)
Session 3  
14.30-16.00 3 UCL speakers and 1 Early Career Prize Winner
Session 4: Closing Address  
16.00-16.50 Professor Cori Bargmann, Rockefeller University (Introduced by Prof. Alan Thompson)
16.50-17.00 Closing remarks and prizes (Prof. Trevor Smart)
17.00 - 19.00 Wine reception

Poster Submissions

Instructions for All Poster Presenters

  • You must submit your poster title, 200-word (maximum) abstract and full list of contributing authors when you register for the Symposium
  • Please present the author first, IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT - Smith A, Jones BD, Evans K. For lab posters, please enter head of lab (PI) and/or lab name.
  • The deadline for submitting poster abstracts is midday, Tuesday 13 May 2014.
  • You can make amendments to the poster details that you enter on Eventbrite until this date and time. To make amendments you should log back into Eventbrite received after midday on Tuesday 13 May will not be accepted.


Poster boards are A0 portrait (1m wide by 2m high). All posters must fit in this space.

We regret that we cannot accept any landscape posters wider than 1m.


Anyone attending can request to present a poster, however, if demand exceeds the number of boards available, then the organising committee will use a triage process to allocate the spaces available, which will take into account:

  • The number of research and lab posters per individual lab/group.
  • Balanced distribution across the neuroscience theme.
  • Level of seniority (giving preference to early career neuroscientists and PhD students.


If you wish to sponsor this event please contact Rachel Heatley for more information about the sponsorship opportunities available at this year's symposium.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support:

 Faculty of Brain Sciences  UCL Division of Biosciences
UCL Ear Institute Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit
Faculty of Life Sciences UCL School of Pharmacy
UCL Division of Psychology and Language Science UCL Institute of Child Health
UCL Institute of Neurology UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Alzheimer's Society
British Neuroscience Association
Cambridge Bioscience
Europe PubMed Central
Linton Instrumentation
Newmarket Scientific
World Precision Instruments