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The renowned UCL Neuroscience Symposium has been running for 13 years, it is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about some of the latest neuroscience research going on at UCL.

UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2022

We are excited to bring the UCL neuroscience community together in person for the first time in three years. This year's symposium will celebrate UCL Neuroscience and is titled: “Reconnecting UCL Neuroscience: from Cells to Society”.

Now in its 13th year, the renowned UCL Neuroscience Symposium is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the latest research in neuroscience at UCL. With over 800 UCL Neuroscientists expected to attend, delegates will have the chance to create new cross-disciplinary links and foster collaboration between basic and clinical researchers.

We are delighted to announce that the confirmed speakers are:

Abstract booklet 2022

The abstract booklet for this year's sympsiom is available below, in it you can find more details on all the posters on display on the day.

 

2021 Neuroscience Symposium

The UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2021 took place on Tuesday 15 June. Nearly 450 people attended what was a fascinating afternoon, with some great talks, both from our Keynote speaker, Professor Vanessa Ruta (The Rockefeller University) and also from the four UCL speakers; Professor Gareth Barnes, Professor Caswell Barry, Dr Sandrine M. Géranton and Dr Soyon Hong.

For the first time, we held an online poster and rapid poster presentation session which was attended by 274 people. This showcased research posters from colleagues across the Neuroscience Domain. 50 posters were presented as rapid presentations during the poster session of the symposium. The remaining 61 posters had the option to be displayed online with accompanying video presentations. On the day, the 50 rapid poster presentation were split into 6 virtual rooms in the following themes:

  1. Computational Neuroscience and AI
  2. Cognition & cognitive dysfunction
  3. Disorders of the nervous system: molecular and genetics
  4. Disorders of the nervous system: cellular mechanisms
  5. Neural circuits and behaviour
  6. Sensory motor systems and dysfunction

The winner of the Best Rapid Poster Presentation was Philip Coen – ‘Mouse frontal cortex mediates additive multisensory decisions’. The runner-up was Emmett Thompson – ‘Dorsolateral striatum composes multi-step motor sequences through the assembly of subsequence elements’

In Autumn 2021 there will be Early Career Researcher event, where the winners of the Jon Driver Prize and the UCL Neuroscience Early Career Prize will present their winning work. Winners not yet announced.
 

2020 Neuroscience Symposium

The UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2020 took place on Friday 26 June, as a half-day event and online due to COVID-19. Over 600 people attended what was a fascinating afternoon, with some great speakers.

Speakers

  • Keynote: Professor Ed Bullmore (University of Cambridge)

  • Dr Tiago Branco (Sainsbury Wellcome Centre)

  • Professor Karen Duff (UK DRI at UCL)

  • rofessor Pasco Fearon (UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences)

  • Dr Vilaiwan Fernandes (UCL Division of Biosciences)

  • Dr Peter Kok (Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging)

In the Autumn, a UCL Neuroscience Early Career Prize Winners Showcase was held on Tuesday 10 November where the the 2020 winners of the Jon Driver Prize and UCL Neuroscience Early Career Prize presented their prize winning research .

The prize winners and speakers were:

Early Career Neuroscience Prize

Junior Category

Yunzhe Liu (Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research)

Winning paper: Human replay spontaneously reorganizes experience. Yunzhe Liu, Raymond J. Dolan, Zeb Kurth-Nelson, and Timothy E.J. Behrens. Cell (2019); 178(3): 640–652

Advanced Category

Dr Dimitar Kostadinov (Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, UCL)

Winning paper: Predictive and reactive reward signals conveyed by climbing fiber inputs to cerebellar Purkinje cells. Dimitar Kostadinov , Maxime Beau , Marta Blanco- Pozo , and Michael Häusser. Nature Neuroscience (2019), 22: 950-962

Jon Driver Prize

Pablo Izquierdo (UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology) - Synapse development is regulated by microglial THIK-1 K+ channels

Yunzhe Liu (Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research) - Neural replay in abstraction and inference

Max Rollwage (Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research) - Cognitive and neural mechanism underlying confirmation bias

 

2019 Neuroscience Symposium

The UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2019 took place on Friday 21 June.  Over 800 attendees from UCL and beyond enjoyed a day of fascinating talks and plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues and build new collaborations.

The abstract booklet for the UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2019 is now available to download: View 
Poster Abstract Booklet (pdf)

There were two very popular poster sessions with 93 research posters across 8 themes:

  • Cognition and Behaviour
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Disorders of the Nervous System
  • Homeostatic and Neuroendocrine Systems
  • Neural Excitability, Synapses and Glia Posters
  • Novel Methods, Resources and Technology
  • Other Posters e.g. History of Neuroscience
  • Sensory and Motor Systems Posters

Speakers

The 2019 keynote addresses were delivered by Professor Professor Li-Huei Tsai, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – ‘Network level approaches to studying Alzheimer’s Disease’. And Professor Gero Miesenböck, University of Oxford – ‘Mechanisms for balancing sleep need and sleep’

We also had talks from five UCL speakers:

  • Professor Andreas Schaefer - From Synchrotrons to Microwires – a broad view on sensory processing
  • Professor Olga Ciccarelli - Advances in imaging in multiple sclerosis
  • Dr Benedetto di Martino - Value, uncertainty and behavioural control
  • Professor Tali Sharot - Affect and decisions-making in health and disease
  • Professor Maria Chait - How the brain discovers structure in sound sequences – from environmental sounds to music

Early Career Neuroscience Prize

The 2019 Early Career Neuroscience prize was won by Dominic Evans and Vanessa Stempel (Junior Category), and Nathan Skene (Advanced Category). 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 (PhD students or post-docs with up to 3 years post-doc experience) and advanced scientist (from 4 and up to 10 years post-doc experience). Winner received a cash prize and had the chance to present a talk on their winning paper at the Symposium.

Junior Category
Dominic Evans and Vanessa Stempel, UCL Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

Winning Paper -  A synaptic threshold mechanism for computing escape decisions. Evans DA, Stempel AV, Vale R, Ruehle S, Lefler Y, Branco T. Nature. 2018 Jun; 558(7711):590-594

Advanced Category
Nathan Skene, UCL Institute of Neurology

Winning Paper - Genetic identification of brain cell types underlying schizophrenia. Skene NG, Bryois J, Bakken TE, Breen G, Crowley JJ, Gaspar HA, Giusti-Rodriguez P, Hodge RD, Miller JA, Muñoz-Manchado AB, O’Donovan MC, Owen MJ, Pardiñas AF, Ryge J, Walters JTR, Linnarsson S, Lein ES; Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Sullivan PF, Hjerling-Leffler J. Nature Genetics. 2018 Jun; 50(6):825-833

Jon Driver Prize

One winner was awarded the Jon Driver prize gave a 5 minute talk:

Sean Cavanagh, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology – ‘The role of neuronal timescales in cognition’

Research Poster Prize

Winning Poster: Shana Silverstein, Observational fear learning: a behaviorally translational approach from mouse to man

Runner up: Ryan Wee, Hippocampal circuits for the state-dependent control of feeding behaviour

 

2018 Neuroscience Symposium

The UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2018 took place on Friday 22 June.  Over 800 attendees from UCL and beyond enjoyed a day of fascinating talks and plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues and build new collaborations.

The abstract booklet for the UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2018 is now available to download: View
Poster Abstract Booklet (pdf)

There were two very popular poster sessions which featured 10 lab posters and 119 research posters across 8 themes:

  • Cognition and Behaviour
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Disorders of the Nervous System
  • Homeostatic and Neuroendocrine Systems
  • Neural Excitability, Synapses and Glia Posters
  • Novel Methods, Resources and Technology
  • Other Posters e.g. History of Neuroscience
  • Sensory and Motor Systems Posters

Speakers

The 2018 keynote addresses were delivered by Professor Daniel Wolpert, Columbia University, New York and Dr Matt Botvinick, DeepMind.

We also had talks from six UCL speakers:

  • Professor Sarah Tabrizi - Antisense oligonucleotide therapy for Huntington's  disease - results from the first HTT lowering clinical trial
  • Professor Chris Brewin - Understanding memory impairment in PTSD: Coherence, disorganisation, and fragmentation
  • Professor Tim Behrens - Building models of the world for controlling behaviour
  • Professor Mairead Macsweeney - Insights from deafness and sign language
  • Dr Andrew MacAskill - Cellular diversity in the ventral hippocampus
  • Dr Arantza Barrios - Neural circuits underlying sex differences in behaviour

Early Career Neuroscience Prize

The 2018 Early Career Neuroscience prize was won by Anna Krasnow (Junior Category), and Dr Rebecca Lawson (Advanced Category). 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 (PhD students or post-docs with up to 3 years post-doc experience) and advanced scientist (from 4 and up to 10 years post-doc experience). Winner received a cash prize and had the chance to present a talk on their winning paper at the Symposium.

Junior Category

Anna Krasnow, UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology
Winning Paper - Regulation of developing myelin sheath elongation by oligodendrocyte calcium transients in vivo. Nature Neuroscience, 2018 Jan;21(1):24-28. Krasnow AM, Ford MC, Valdivia LE, Wilson SW, Atwell D

Advanced Category

Dr Rebecca Lawson, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL
Winning Paper - Adults with autism overestimate the volatility of the sensory environment. Nature Neuroscience, 2017 Sept; 20(9): 1293-1299. Lawson RP, Mathys C and Rees G

Jon Driver Prize

Two winners were awarded the Jon Driver prize and each gave 5 minute talks:

Andrea Banino - Neuroscience and AI: modelling the brain using deep neural networks

Ruben Duque do Vale - Spatial navigation during escape behaviours in mice

Research Poster Prize

Winning Poster: Mr Philip Coen, Audiovisual spatial localization in head-fixed mice

Runner up: Mr Nathaniel Hafford Tear, Antisense therapy for a common corneal dystrophy ameliorates TCF4 repeat expansion-mediated toxicity

Blog

A blog about the Symposium by Oriol Pavon is available to read here:

http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/events/2018/08/15/the-2018-ucl-neuroscience-symposium/

2017 Neuroscience Symposium

The UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2017 took place on Friday 16 June and was a great success.  Over 800 attendees from UCL and beyond enjoyed a day of fascinating talks and plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues and build new collaborations.

There were two very popular poster sessions which featured 12 lab posters and 145 research posters across 8 themes:

  • Cognition and Behaviour
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Novel Methods, Resources and Technology
  • Other Posters e.g. History of Neuroscience
  • Sensory and Motor Systems Posters
  • Disorders of the Nervous System
  • Homeostatic and Neuroendocrine Systems
  • Neural Excitability, Synapses and Glia Posters

Speakers

The 2017 keynote addresses were delivered by Professor Richard Morris, University of Edinburgh and Professor Barbara Sahakian, University of Cambridge.

We also had talks from six UCL speakers:

Dr Jennifer Bizley - How does seeing improve listening?

Professor Jernej Ule - The surprising RNA biology of neurons: recursive splicing and beyond

Dr Tamar Makin - Brain plasticity in amputees

Dr Isaac Bianco - Vision to action: Sensorimotor processing in larval zebrafish

Professor Christiana Ruhrberg - Cross-talk of neural progenitors and blood vessels in the developing brain

Dr Sergi Costafreda Gonzalez - Hearing loss and risk of dementia

Early Career Neuroscience Prize

The 2016 Early Career Neuroscience prize was won by Dr Karin Tuschl (Junior Category), and Dr Aude Marzo (Advanced Category). 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 (PhD students or post-docs with up to 3 years post-doc experience) and advanced scientist (from 4 and up to 10 years post-doc experience). Winner received a cash prize and had the chance to present a talk on their winning paper at the Symposium.

Junior Category
Dr Karin Tuschl, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health & UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology Winning Paper - Mutations in SLC39A14 disrupt manganese homeostasis and cause childhood-onset parkinsonism-dystonia. Nature Communications, 2016 May 27;7:11601. Tuschl K, Meyer E, …… Kurian MA, Wilson SW

Advanced Category
Dr Aude Marzo, UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology Winning Paper - Reversal of synapse degeneration by restoring Wnt signalling in the adult hippocampus. Current Biology, 2016 Oct 10;26(19):2551-2561 . Marzo A, Galli S, Lopes D, McLeod F, Podpolny M, Segovia-Roldan M, Ciani L, Purro S, Cacucci F, Gibb A, Salinas PC

Laboratory Poster prize

Winning Poster Professor Rachael Pearson - UCL Institute of Ophthalmology Poster title: Cell based therapies for retinal repair Runner up Professor Sara Mole - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology Poster title: Batten disease

Links
A write-up of the event is available on the
UCL events blog website

The abstract booklet for the UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2017 is now available to download: View Poster Abstract Booklet (pdf)

2016 Neuroscience Symposium

The UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2016 took place on Friday 24th June and was a  great success.  Over 800 attendees from UCL and beyond enjoyed a day of fascinating talks and plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues and build new collaborations.

There were two very popular poster sessions which featured 22 lab posters and 149 research posters across 8 themes:

  • Cognition and Behaviour
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Disorders of the Nervous System
  • Homeostatic and Neuroendocrine Systems
  • Neural Excitability, Synapses and Glia Posters
  • Novel Methods, Resources and Technology
  •  Other Posters e.g. History of Neuroscience
  •  Sensory and Motor Systems Posters
     

Speakers

The 2016 keynote addresses were delivered by Professor Leslite Vosshall of the Rockefeller University, USA, and Dr Rick Livesey of The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge.

We also had talks from six UCL speakers:

Professor Maneesh Sahani - Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit; Making sense of neural populations
Dr Suzanne Reeves - UCL Division of Psychiatry; Is there a therapeutic window of antipsychotic prescribing in Alzheimer's disease?
Professor Alison Lloyd - MRC/UCL Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology; The cellular complexity of peripheral nerve regeneration
Professor Jonathan Roiser - UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience; Is depression caused by a hyperactive habenula?
Dr Sam Solomon - UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences; Freeze or flight: vision guides choice of defence strategies in mice
Professor Gillian Bates - UCL Institute of Neurology; Insights into the molecular basis of Huntington's Disease

Early Career Neuroscience Prize

The 2016 Early Career Neuroscience prize was won by Maria Maiarù (Junior Category), and Dr Nicola Hamilton-Whitaker (Advanced Category).

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 (PhD students or post-docs with up to 3 years post-doc experience) and advanced scientist (from 4 and up to 10 years post-doc experience). Winner received a cash prize and had the chance to present a talk on their winning paper at the Symposium.

Junior Category
Maria Maiarù, UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.

Winning Paper - The stress regulator FKBP51 drives chronic pain by modulating spinal glucocorticoid signalling. Maiarù M, Tochiki KK, Annan LV, Bell CG, Feng X, Hausch F, Geranton SM. Science Translational Medicine. 2016, 8, 325: pp.325ra19.

Advanced Category
Dr Nicola Hamilton Whitaker, UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

Winning Paper - Proton-gated Ca2+-permeable TRP channels damage myelin in conditions mimicking ischaemia. Hamilton NB, Kolodziejczy K, Kougioumtzidou E, Attwell D. Nature. January 2016. 529, 523-527

Laboratory Poster prize

Winning Poster

Joerg Albert - UCL Ear Institute

Poster title: Drosophila mechanosensory systems as a universal tool for sensory biology

Runner up

Alex Leff - UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Poster title: Developing digital neuro-interventions and understanding how they interact with surviving language networks

Links
A write-up of the event is available here: 
Neuroscience Symposium blog (pdf)

The abstract booklet for the UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2016 is now available to download: Abstract booklet (pdf)