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2021 Neuroscience Symposium

The renowned UCL Neuroscience Symposium will once again take place online. It will be a fantastic opportunity to find out more about some of the latest neuroscience research going on at UCL. This year the event will also include a rapid poster presentation session, more details below.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Vanessa Ruta, The Rockefeller University

UCL Speakers
Professor Gareth Barnes, Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
Professor Caswell Barry, UCL Division of Biosciences
Dr Sandrine M. Géranton, UCL Division of Biosciences
Dr Soyon Hong, UK Dementia Research Institute and UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Registration and more information

 

Poster Abstracts for Rapid and Online Presentations

We are pleased to showcase research posters from colleagues across the Neuroscience Domain. 50 posters will be presented as rapid presentations during the poster session of the symposium (2.25-3.25pm). The remaining 61 posters will be displayed online with accompanying video presentations Please see below for more details.

The Abstract Booklet with more details is availalbe here.

A room breakdown for the Rapid Poster Presentation session is available 

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2021 Rapid Poster Presentation Prize
The 10 posters shortlisted for the 2021 Rapid Poster Presentation Prize are highlighted in bold.  


Cognition and Behaviour 

1. Ilinca Angelescu - Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research
Measuring mood bias on reward with a brief smartphone task

2. Roberta Bianco - UCL Ear Institute (Presenting on the day)
Long-term implicit memory for sequential auditory patterns in humans

3. Sylvia Blackmore - Queen Square Institute of Neurology (Presenting on the day)
Predictive coding and spectral asymmetry in PFC

4. Edmund Chong - Sainsbury Wellcome Centre 
A novel behavioral paradigm for parametric spatial working memory in rats

5. Louis Dannatt - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
Unsupervised clustering on task-related representations in the prefrontal cortex
Poster | Video

6. Constance Destais - UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience 
Investigating accuracy maximisation as a possible cause for negative affective bias

7. Samuel Failor - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
Learning orthogonalizes visual cortical population codes

8. Wanying Gan - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
To investigate the relationship between music preference and perceptual speed in a music-in-noise task

9. Alexandra Gilbert - UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (Presenting on the day)
Modulating sleep homeostasis using long and short days in zebrafish

10. Elena Gutierrez - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
OFC encodes novelty during a novel associative learning task in rhesus macaques

11. Anna Hengstschlaeger - UCL Division of Psychiatry (Presenting on the day)
What are the neural correlates of impaired awareness of social cognition and function in dementia? A systematic review

12. Marta Huelin - UCL Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience (Presenting on the day)
The role of experience in memory consolidation

13. Alizee Kastler - Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research 
Understanding how social interactions modulate pain

14. Hyunwoo Kim - UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences 
Machine versus human affect recognition of posed and spontaneous expressions                              
Poster

15. Carl Lindersson - UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience 
Region-specific encoding of decision variables across prefrontal cortex
Poster | Video

16. Lennart Luettgau - Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research (Presenting on the day)
Reinstatement of cortical outcome representations during second-order conditioning

17. Anushay Mazhar - UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience 
Does an extended family improve mentalising in Autistic Children: a cross-cultural perspective from UK and Pakistan

18. Elena Menichini - Sainsbury Wellcome Centre 
Sensory priors, choice and outcome history in service of optimal behaviour in noisy environments

19. Jessica Passlack - UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology 
Limitations imposed by neural circuits on successor representation models of decision making

20. Mariana R. Pereira - UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health 
The development of emotional face processing under a predictive processing framework: an online familiarization-novelty lookit study with infants

21. Philip Shamash - Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
Mice learn multi-step routes by memorizing subgoal locations
Poster

22. Margot Tirole - UCL Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience 
How to deal with limited storage: the temporal dynamics of memory triage during sleep

23. Hande Tunbak - Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research 
Lonely or Loner?

24. Ivan Voitov - Sainsbury Wellcome Centre  (Presenting on the day)
Working memory is distributed, high-dimensional, and maintained by cortical feedback loops
Poster

25. Baihan Wang - UCL Division of Psychiatry (Presenting on the day)
Genome-wide association analysis of adolescent verbal memory as a psychosis endophenotype

26. Elliott Wimmer - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
Replay is separately associated with planning and memory maintenance

27. Laura Zaikauskaite - UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences 
Temporal dynamics of interactions between moral emotions and moral cognition in General Public vs. Extinction Rebellion activists. Evidence from event-related potentials
Poster

Computational Neuroscience 

28. Freddie Bickford Smith - UCL Department of Experimental Psychology (Presenting on the day)
Understanding top-down attention using task-oriented ablation design

29. Tom George - Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (Presenting on the day)
Reservoir networks can learn temporal regularities by selectively suppressing chaos

30. Grace Lindsay - Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit 
Task-trained neural networks learn different recurrent visual processing strategies than bio-inspired ones do

31. Anahita Talwar - UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (Presenting on the day)
Stick or switch: modelling attentional set-shifting with CANTAB IED
Poster

32. Alessandra Nicoletta Cruz Yu - UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience 
Emotion inference and learning

33. Yibo Zhao - UCL School of Pharmacy (Presenting on the day)
LRRK2 Protein-protein Interaction Interactome and brain region specificity
Poster

34. Liang Zhou - Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit 
Learning sensory representations for flexible computation with recurrent circuits

Developmental Neuroscience 

35. Joanna Aloor - UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology 
An automated image processing pipeline to quantify brain-wide neurochemical expression in the larval zebrafish

36. Emily Brookes - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology at UCL 
Regulation of the Bdnf gene by genome topology and a novel enhancer during neuronal development

37. Philippa Harding - UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (Presenting on the day)
Molecular disruption in early cellular optic vesicle models derived from patients with microphthalmia and aniridia associated PAX6 variants

38. Polyxeni Katsouli - UCL Division of Medicine 
Identifying and characterizing the phenotype of Schwann cell precursors for use in peripheral nerve tissue engineering

39. Neelum Mistry - UCL Division of Biosciences (Presenting on the day)
Naturally occurring tactile stimulation can augment cortical activity in neonatal infants with acquired brain injury


40. Patricia Pascual Vargas - UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology 
A post translational modification regulates the trafficking and synaptogenic activity of the Wnt receptor Fz5

41. Rachele Rossi - Developmental Neuroscience, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health 
Evaluation of DMD transcripts after golodirsen treatment of MyoD-converted fibroblasts from 4053-101 clinical trial patients
Poster

42. Daisy Thompson-Lake - Developmental Neurosciences, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (Presenting on the day)
Disrupted cortico-basal ganglia-thalamocortical network in large family with inherited stuttering                  Poster

Disorders of the Nervous System 

43. Isabelle Austin-Zimmerman - UCL Division of Psychiatry (Presenting on the day)
Genome-wide association study investigating genetic loci for self-reported sleep duration: a meta-analysis with data from UK Biobank and the Million Veteran Program

44. Iryna Benilova - MRC Prion Unit at UCL (Presenting on the day)
Highly infectious prions are not directly neurotoxic         
Poster 

45. Rohan Bhome - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (Presenting on the day)
Brain DNA methylation ageing: observations from frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and different brain cell types

46. Jackie Casey - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (Presenting on the day)
Haploinsufficiency of progranulin causes impairments in mitophagy

47. Elisa Colato - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (Presenting on the day)
Predicting disability progression and cognitive worsening in multiple sclerosis using patterns of grey matter volumes


48. Cara Croft - UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL 
Determining alpha-synuclein protein aggregate turnover and production dynamics

49. Tom Dufor - UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (Presenting on the day)
Understanding the mechanisms of synapse vulnerability and resilience in a Wnt signalling deficient mouse model

50. Clíona Farrell - UK Dementia Research institute at UCL 
Using organotypic hippocampal slice cultures from a mouse model of Down syndrome to assess microglia inflammasome activity in response to amyloid-β

51. Katherine Fodder - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (Presenting on the day)
Brain co-methylation network analysis in progressive supranuclear palsy
Poster 

52. Judy Zhexing Ge - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL (Presenting on the day)
Osteopontin/SPP1-positive Perivascular Macrophages Mediate Synapse Loss in Pre-Plaque Alzheimer’s Mouse Models

53. Talia Gileadi - UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health 
Restoration of dystrophin expression in the brain to address neurobehavioural problems in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

54. Cagla Kaya - UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology 
Investigating the consequences of trisomy 21 on mitochondrial pathways in induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cells

55. Iris Kleerekooper - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
Retinal dysfunction in acute optic neuritis: inflammation at the inner nuclear layer or retrograde axonal signaling?
Poster

56. Serena Lu - UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health 
Impact of Ketogenic Diet Therapy on growth in children with epilepsy

57. Naciye Magusali - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (Presenting on the day)
A genetic link between risk for Alzheimer's disease and severe COVID-19 outcomes via the OAS1 gene

58. Nuria Martin Flores - UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology  (Presenting on the day)
Contribution of the secreted Wnt antagonist Dkk3 to synapse imbalance in Alzheimer’s disease

59. Chloe Mayhead - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
Influence of different segmentation methods on the hippocampal volume in term neonates with HIE

60. Paige Mumford - UK Dementia Research institute at UCL (Presenting on the day)
Preclinical modelling in the mouse of altered neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease – Down syndrome
Poster

61. Megha Murthy - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (Presenting on the day)
Analysis of DNA methylation ageing in different brain regions in multiple system atrophy

62. Benjamin O'Callaghan - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
Understanding the mechanism by which KANSL1 and KAT8 Parkinson’s Disease Risk Genes Regulate PINK1/PARKIN Mitophagy

63. Ernest Palomer - UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology 
Sirtuin2-induced H4K16ac deacetylation regulates Frizzled 1 and Frizzled 7 expression in AD

64. Melissa Rayner - MRC Prion Unit and UCL Institute of Prion Disease 
Development of a cell-based bioassay to accurately measure Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease prions in human tissues

65. Olivia Rogerson - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
Epigenetic clock analysis in frontotemporal dementia
Poster 

66. Jai Sidpra - UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health 
Improved Prediction of Postoperative Paediatric Cerebellar Mutism Syndrome Using An Artificial Neural Network

67. Martin Smith - UCL Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy 
Does Phase-Amplitude Coupling (PAC) Between Brain Regions Play A Role In Seizure Generalisation?

68. Yutong Wan - UCL Division of Biosciences 
Exploring the Basis of Phenotypic Diversity in Alzheimer’s Disease
Poster

69. Yanisa Wannasuphoprasit - UCL Division of Psychiatry 
CYP2D6 genetic variation and antipsychotic-induced weight gain: a systematic review and meta-analysis

70. Katharina Wenz - UK Dementia Research institute at UCL 
Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease – determining which chromosome 21 gene(s), when over-expressed, modulate Aβ toxicity and accumulation

71. Angeliki Zarkali - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL (Presenting on the day)
Visual dysfunction predicts cognitive impairment and white matter degeneration in Parkinson's disease


72. Ya Zhou - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
Correlative light and electron microscopy suggests that mutant huntingtin dysregulates the endolysosomal pathway in presymptomatic Huntington’s disease

Homeostatic and Neuroendocrine Systems 

73. Ptolemy Banks - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
Insight into physiologically normal ranges of intracranial pressure and the effects of body position from 184 telemetric ICP monitor patients

74. Dan Brierley - UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology 
Central and peripheral GLP-1 systems independently suppress eating

75. Shereen Nizari - UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (Presenting on the day)
Glucagon-like-peptide-1 induces cerebral arteriole dilations, increases cerebral blood flow, and promotes neuroprotection against ischaemic stroke                                                                                                        Poster

Neural Excitability, Synapses, and Glia: Cellular Mechanisms 

76. Stephanie Choi - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology 
Understanding the pathophysiological development of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy through non-neuronal cells

77. Timothy Church - UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology 
Direct suppression of protein kinase A by calcineurin in synapses

78. Gerard Crowley - UK Dementia Research Institute (Presenting on the day)
Chemogenetic activation of perforant pathway induces microglial complement signalling


79. Ashton Curtis - UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology 
Building stronger synapses with CaMKII and a-actinin-2

80. Megan Jones - UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (Presenting on the day)
Contribution of a genetic variant of the Wnt receptor LRP6 on synapse impairment in ageing and in Alzheimer’s disease

81. Yaara Lefler - Sainsbury Wellcome Centre 
Synaptic integration in the mouse midbrain during instinctive defensive behaviour

82. Emma Lloyd - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology 
Investigating translational homeostasis in mature axons

83. Oriol Pavon Arocas - Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (Presenting on the day)
Topographic gene expression profiling of single periaqueductal gray neurons

84. Marta Perez Gonzalez - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
Neuroinflammatory and synaptic characterization of the Dp1Tyb mouse model of Down syndrome
Video

85. Dimitra Sokolova - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (Presenting on the day)
Role of astrocytic MFG-E8 in synapse loss in Alzheimer’s disease

Novel Methods, Resources and Technology Development 

86. Ali Alim-Marvasti - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
Seizure focus prediction from seizure semiology: data-driven cortical probabilistic heatmaps from 4643 patients
Poster

87. Stephane Bugeon - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
Recording the activity of transcriptomic cell types in mouse primary visual cortex

88. Amy Leung - UCL Institute of Ophthalmology 
Investigation of Ataluren (PTC124) as a potential therapeutic for LCA4 in a patient-derived iPS-retinal organoid model

89. Ruth Lovering - UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science 
Gene Ontology annotation of the Blood-Brain Barrier
Poster | Video

90. Anwar Nunez-Elizalde - UCL Institute of Ophthalmology 
Neural basis of functional ultrasound signals

91. Lyes Toualbi - UCL Institute of Ophthalmology 
Using non-viral S/MAR DNA vectors to restore protein expression in models of choroideremia

92. Adam Tyson - Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (Presenting on the day)
BrainGlobe: a Python ecosystem for computational (neuro)anatomy

93. Matteo Zanovello - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (Presenting on the day)
Is the pathogenic Androgen Receptor CAG repeat expansion underestimated in the general population?
                                                                   
Poster

Sensory and Motor Systems

 94. Paride Antinucci - UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology 
Space and rate codes in tectum-pretectum control calibrated hunting manoeuvres
Poster

95. Célian Bimbard - UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (Presenting on the day)
Visual cortex is hardly auditory

96. Davide Bono - UCL Department of Experimental Psychology (Presenting on the day)
A novel method to identify intraoral somatosensory maps in humans

97. Philip Coen - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (Presenting on the day)
Mouse frontal cortex mediates additive multisensory decisions
Poster

98. Charlie Dowell - UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (Presenting on the day)
Target directed saccades with specialised kinematics and eye-tail coordination during hunting behaviour in larval zebrafish

99. Alex Fratzl - Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (Presenting on the day)
Flexible inhibitory control of visually-evoked defensive behaviour by the ventral lateral geniculate nucleus

100. Sara Hestehave - UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (Presenting on the day)
Emotional and sensory profiles in two murine models of chronic joint pain
Poster

101. Alice Milne - UCL Ear Institute 
Modulating performance and reaction time using predictability in an online auditory experiment

102. Kamile Minkelyte - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology 
High-yield Mucosal Olfactory Ensheathing Cells Restores Loss of Function in Rat Dorsal Root Injury

103. Oakley Morgan - UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (Presenting on the day)
Restraint stress exacerbates inflammation-induced facial and hind-limb hypersensitivity
Poster

104. Filipe Nascimento - UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (Presenting on the day)
Recurrent spinal circuitry in the SOD1G93A mouse model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Poster

105. Mohammed Rupawala - UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (Presenting on the day)
Neonatal development of CNS response modulation and cortical microstate engagement to repeated noxious procedures

Poster

106. Thomas Ryan - Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research 
What is the functional significance of the teleost pallium, the ancestral homolog of mammalian cortex?

107. Natalie Shoham - UCL Division of Psychiatry (Presenting on the day)
Associations Between Psychosis and Visual Acuity Impairment: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Poster

108. Hugo Soulat - Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (Presenting on the day)
Distinct representations of self and external motion in cortical and collicular networks

109. Flora Takacs - Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (Presenting on the day)
Probing audiovisual integration in the mouse superior colliculus

110. Emmett Thompson - Sainsbury Welcome Centre (Presenting on the day)
Dorsolateral striatum composes multi-step motor sequences through the assembly of subsequence elements

 
111. Asaph Zylbertal - UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology  (Presenting on the day)
Behaviour of larval zebrafish can be predicted from ongoing whole-brain activity using recurrent neural networks