Alan Cowey (life), FRS, FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology, Oxford and Honorary Associate of the Unit, passed away on the 19th of December 2012 after being diagnosed with cancer on the 24th of September. Alan was one of Peter Somogyi’s closest friends and past collaborator, a pioneer of visual neuroscience, an unflinching supporter of the Unit, a true gentleman and an example to us all as a scientist and as a person. Alan was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2010 and gave his inaugural lecture at Budapest in April 2011 (see picture). He lectured in the symposium at the Hungarian Embassy in London on the 27th of February 2012: Visions, links and opportunities in Hungarian and British neuroscience.
He is sorely missed.
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.
Cell-type specific regulation of interneuronal microcircuits in the cortex
Professor Ivan Soltesz, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California Irvine. http://www.anatomy.uci.edu/soltesz.html delivered the 7th David Smith Lecture on the 6th March 2012, followed by dinner at Brasenose College.
Professor Jean-Marc Fritschy delivered the 11th David Smith Lecture in Anatomical Neuropharmacology.
"Plasticity of GABAergic synapses: mechanisms and implications"
The 11th David Smith Lecture in Anatomical Neuropharmacology was given on 3 March 2015 by Professor Jean-Marc Fritschy of the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Zurich http://www.pharma.uzh.ch/neuromorpho
The Lecture was hosted by Professor Peter Somogyi.
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.