Marco Capogna’s group contributed to the 8th FENS forum of neuroscience held in Barcelona. Marco Capogna joined the FENS Satellite Meeting: “How mind emerges from brain, a view into the future” (download PDF of programme), organised by B-Debate, Barcelona, and gave a talk entitled: “Theta network oscillations: focus on GABAergic cells”. Marco Capogna was also a speaker at the FENS symposium S55 entitled: “Amygdala inhibitory circuits and the control of fear”.
The laboratory presented three posters which were all well attended. Miroslawa Manko, a DPhil student, and Thomas Bienvenu (funded by Region Aquitaine Grant from Cyril Herry's lab INSERM Bordeaux) presented posters on amygdala neurons in vitro and in vivo, entitled “Mechanisms of GABAA-slow evoked by NPY expressing GABAergic cells in amygdala”, and “Structure and function of a novel intercalated cell type in the amygdala”, respectively. Gengyu Li, a DPhil student, presented data in a poster on hippocampal GABAergic neurons obtained using paired recording and voltage-imaging approaches. The title of the poster was: “Nitric oxide modulates synaptic inhibition in the stratum lacunosum moleculare of the hippocampus”.
At the 8th FENS forum of neuroscience held in Barcelona, aside from The Brain Prize 2011 lecture given by Peter Somogyi, the laboratory presented three posters which were all well attended.
At the 8th FENS forum of neuroscience Natalie Doig presented a poster entitled “Cortical and thalamic innervation of identified cholinergic interneurons in the rat striatum”. Cholinergic interneurons are known to have an important role in reward related behaviour. Natalie has been investigating the excitatory, glutamatergic innervation to these specialised interneurons using a combination of electrophysiological and anatomical techniques (see attached poster).
Members of the Unit contributed to the FENS Forum 2014 held in Milan, Italy.
Dr. Peter Magill presented a symposium lecture, entitled "Functional dichotomy in the striatal-pallidal axis".
Posters given by Unit members at the Forum include:
Bazelot, M., Bocchio, M., Fischer, D., Ferraguti, F., Capogna, M. (2014) Hippocampal theta mediates disinhibition of mouse amygdala principal cells via GABAB receptors.
Bocchio, M. & Capogna, M. (2014) Serotonin switches the firing mode of nitric oxide-expressing neurons of the mouse lateral amygdala.
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:
Miroslawa Manko successfully defended (only minor corrections have been requested by the examiners) her D.Phil. thesis entitled: "Role of intercalated and NPY-expressing cells in neuronal circuit of the amygdala" on the 24th of August 2012. Miroslawa was supervised by Dr. Marco Capogna. Her internal examiner was Dr. Ed Mann (DPAG, Oxford), and her external examiner was Prof. Kaspar Vogt (Biozentrum, Basel, Switzerland). Miroslawa will start working in the laboratory of Dr. Ron Stoop (Dept.