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."
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.
We are pleased to welcome Miss Husniye Hacioglu Bay to the Unit as a Visiting Student. Husniye is currently studying for her PhD at the Neuroscience Programme of Marmara University, Turkey. She joins the Unit to receive advanced training and pursue her anatomical projects, as part of a collaboration between Prof. Umit Sehirli and Unit scientists Dr. Juan Mena-Segovia and Prof. Paul Bolam.
On the 24th April 2014 a Symposium was held to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Blaschko Fellowships, and the life of Hugh Blaschko, FRS.