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groups to discuss the latest advances in the field of basal ganglia research, with a view to promoting discussion of unpublished data and fostering cross-cutting collaborations.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.
The latest discoveries from the Unit’s Basal Ganglia Labs were well represented through symposium talks by Paul Bolam, Peter Magill and Juan Mena-Segovia.
Other lab members presented the following posters:
Daniel Dautan, Icnelia Huerta-Ocampo, Ilana Witten, Karl Deisseroth, Paul Bolam, Todor Gerdjikov & Juan Mena-Segovia. “A major external source of cholinergic innervation of the striatum and nucleus accumbens originates in the brainstem”
Albert Souza, Ilana B. Witten, Karl Deisseroth, J. Paul Bolam, Todor V Gerdjikov & Juan Mena-Segovia. “Dopamine neurons of the ventral tegmental area are differentially modulated by brainstem cholinergic pathways"
Paul D. Dodson, Ian C. Duguid, J. Paul Bolam & Peter J. Magill. “Distinct firing patterns of prototypic and arkypallidal neurons of the GPe during movement”
Farid Garas, Andrew Sharott & Peter J. Magill. “Molecular markers of novel populations of striatal interneurons”
Kouichi C. Nakamura, Andrew Sharott, Nicolas Mallet & Peter J. Magill. “Neuronal activity in the motor thalamus of dopamine-intact and Parkinsonian rats"
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”
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.
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:
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.
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”
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).