Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour
Professor Bruce McNaughton

Bruce McNaughton

AHFMR Polaris Research Chair

The University of Lethbridge


“Doughnuts in the brain: the neural mechanism of path integration”

4pm, Thursday 31st May 2012 Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

The main focus of Bruce’s research is the physiological and computational basis of cognition, with particular focus on memory and memory disorders, and the dynamic interactions among neuronal populations and synaptic plasticity mechanisms that underlie these phenomena. Bruce has made significant contributions to the understanding of central synaptic plasticity mechanisms, spatial information processing in the hippocampal formation and cortex, cortico-hippocampal interactions and memory consolidation, and the aging of the nervous system. His current activities focus on understanding the neural mechanisms underlying spatial orientation ('head-direction', 'place', and 'grid' cells in the hippocampal formation and associated networks), the reactivation of memory traces in the cortex during sleep following learning and the role of this process in memory consolidation, and the self organization of synaptic networks during early post-natal development of the temporal lobe memory system. Throughout his career he has been involved in the development and application of new conceptual approaches and innovative technologies to his research questions.

Please contact Marg Glover if you would like to meet with Bruce during the day before the seminar

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