Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research


Scanning electron micrograph of the dendrites of a cerebellar Purkinje cell - Hausser Lab



Dr Elena Dreosti

WIBR Seminar

'What are the neural circuits that make us social?'

Dr Elena Dreosti


Henry Wellcome Fellow,
Steve Wilson lab
Cell and Developmental Biology

Host: Dr Nicoletta Kessaris

We are fundamentally social. Every aspect of our lives is influenced by others: our happiest memories, our most important decisions, even our mental states. 

The most complex social behaviours all require a fundamental drive to approach and value members of the same species, i.e. a social preference. Humans share this essential drive with all other social animals. 

I will discuss how zebrafish, a small, transparent, social animal provides a unique opportunity to identify the basic building blocks of a social preference circuit, and to watch this circuit throughout its development in normal and pathological conditions.



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Date: Thursday 10th March 2016
Time: 4pm (please arrive 15 mins before start) 
Venue: Cruciform Café, 1st Floor Cruciform Building, Gower Street, UCL, WC1E 6BT

Refreshments will be provided