Peter Somogyi delivered two lectures about his experiences and principles as a scientist to postgraduate research students in Japan. On the 8th of October, he lectured at the Hayama Campus in Shonan village (Miura peninsula, near Yokohama) to students from Institutes all over Japan, including international students, at the induction ceremony to the Graduate University of Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI, http://www.soken.ac.jp). The theme of the two days programme was "Unity and Identity", which fit perfectly Peter's research on identified neurons in complex networks of the brain. The meeting is organized for new students by more senior students, and the President Prof. Takahata Naoyuki inducts the students in the presence of the faculty. This year, typhoon Melor somewhat disrupted plans, as it hit Honshu on the day of the ceremony and brought to a standstill the Japanese train network.
The second lecture was given on the 14th of October to graduate students of the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, Japan. See the abstract of the lectures.
Glutamate receptors: their localization, function, and roles in physiological learning processes
The 4th David Smith Lecture in Anatomical Neuropharmacology was given on the 4th May, by Prof. Ryuichi Shigemoto, Head of Division of Cerebral Structure, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, Japan, and Professor, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, School of Life Science.
Prof. A. David Smith, Honorary Associate Director of the Unit, will present at The Nansen Neruoscience Lectures 2012. The lectures, commorating the fundamental contribution of Fridtjof Nansen to neuroscience, will be held on the 10th October 2012 at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo.
Prof. Smith's lecture will be entitled, "Slowing progression in Alzheimer's disease by loweing homocysteine– evidence from neuroimaging."
Peter Somogyi, Unit Director, received the Semmelweis-Budapest Prize 2012 and delivered his lecture “Co-operative chronocircuits in the hippocampus of the brain” at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at 2.00pm on the 22nd November 2012. He has dedicated the 10,000 Euro prize to the setting up of the Stephen W. Kuffler Scholarship Foundation. Stephen Kuffler was a pioneer genius and an excellent mentor and tutor of talented students, several of whom went on to win Nobel Prizes. He founded the first department of neurobiology in the USA at Harvard University.
Habits, Rituals, and the Evaluative Brain
The 5th David Smith Lecture in Anatomical Neuropharmacology was given on the 21st September, by Prof. Ann Graybiel, McGovern Institute, MIT, Cambridge, USA.
The lecture was set up to celebrate the vision of the previous Chair of Pharmacology Prof. A. David Smith, Honorary Associate Director and founder of the Unit, and the successful conclusion of the latest quinquennial scientific review of the Unit.
Dr. Emilie Syed joins the Unit as a visiting scientist to advance a collaborative project between the Magill group and those of Prof. Peter Brown and Dr. Mark Walton at the University of Oxford. Emilie’s research in the Unit has the broad aim of defining how dopamine release dynamics correlate with striatal population activities during behaviour. To achieve this, Emilie is combining chronic electrophysiology and voltammetry techniques.