Members of the Magill and Bolam Basal Ganglia Labs attended the 11th International Basal Ganglia Society Meetings (IBAGS) in Eilat, Israel from the 3rd – 7th March 2013. This is a triennial meeting that brings together all leading groups in the field of basal ganglia research. The meeting consisted of daily symposia and poster sessions.
Pete Magill organised a symposium “Small in Number but Strong in Influence: the cell-type-specific contributions of striatal interneurons to local circuit function and beyond” in which Andrew Sharott gave a lecture "Relationships between the activities of identified striatal interneurons and cortical and thalamic afferents in vivo"
Paul Bolam gave a lecture, “Heterogeneity of the anatomical and physiological properties of thalamostriatal neurons arising in the central lateral and parafascicular nuclei of the thalamus” in a symposium entitled “Anatomy and functions of the thalamostriatal systems”.Members of the groups presented the following posters:
- Federica Vinciati, Andrew Sharott, Kouichi C. Nakamura & Peter J. Magill. "In vivo electrophysiological properties of neurochemically-identified striatal neurons in dopamine-intact and Parkinsonian rats"
- Paul D. Dodson, Stephanie Janezic, Richard Wade-Martins, J. Paul Bolam & Peter J. Magill. "Motor impairment, neurodegeneration and altered in vivo firing properties of dopaminergic neurons in a BAC-transgenic mouse model of Parkinson's disease"
- Kouichi C. Nakamura, Andrew Sharott, Nicolas Mallet & Peter J. Magill. "Neuronal activity in the motor thalamus of dopamine-intact and Parkinsonian rats"
- Maria Alger & J. Paul Bolam. "Glutamatergic input to subthalamic nucleus and dopaminergic neurones of the substantia nigra in the rat"
- Icnelia Huerta-Ocampo, Brita Robertson, Sten Grillner & J. Paul Bolam. "Distribution of dopaminergic, GABAergic and glutamatergic innervation of the lamprey striatum"
- Icnelia Huerta-Ocampo, Juan Mena-Segovia & J. Paul Bolam. "Convergence of cortical and thalamic afferents onto individual direct and indirect medium-sized spiny striatal neurons"
- Cristina Martinez-Gonzalez, Judith van Andel, J Paul Bolam & Juan Mena-Segovia. "Divergent motor projections from the pedunculopontine nucleus are differentially regulated in Parkinsonism"
- Eleftheria K. Pissadaki & J. Paul Bolam. "The energy cost of action potential propagation in dopamine neurons: clues to susceptibility in Parkinson’s disease"
- A. S. Souza, D. Dautan, I. Witten, K. Deisseroth, J. P. Bolam, & J. Mena-Segovia. "Functional characterization of the cholinergic modulation of dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area"
Members of the Magill and Bolam Basal Ganglia Labs attended the Gordon Research Conference on “Basal Ganglia Cells and Circuits in Health and Disease”, which was held in Ventura, California, from the 2nd – 7th February 2014. This is a new meeting that brings together leading groups to discuss the latest advances in the field of basal ganglia research, with a view to promoting discussion of unpublished data and fostering cross-cutting collaborations. Further emphasis was placed on showcasing developments that have translational significance. The meeting consisted of daily symposia and poster sessions.
Members of the basal ganglia laboratories have presented at several international meetings over the summer.
IBAGS X (Tenth Triennial Meeting of the International Basal Ganglia Society) Long Branch, New Jersey (June 20th-24th).
Juan Mena-Segovia gave one of the lectures entitled 'Functional diversity in the pedunculopontine neurons that project to the basal ganglia: Implications for Parkinson's disease'
Unit members presented the following posters:
Cristina Martínez González has successfully defended her D.Phil. thesis entitled: "Topographical organisation of non-cholinergic neurons in the pedunculopontine nucleus" on the 19th of March 2012 (only minor corrections have been requested by the examiners).
Paul Bolam, Juan Mena-Segovia and Peter Brown gave lectures at a functional neurosurgery meeting in Rome in December. The conference, entitled “New ideas, perspectives and applications in functional neurosurgery”, also included the 4th Symposium on “State of the art of the deep brain stimulation of the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus”