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NEUReka! is a PhD student and postdoc association created with the purpose of organizing an informal and discussion-heavy seminar series focused on increasing proximity between world-leading neuroscientists and students and postdocs. We have modelled our approach on the Oxford University Cortex Club and share with this association a focus on exciting and speculative ideas at the forefront of neuroscience, as well as a desire to promote their discussion in a laid-back and stimulating environment, where there is no such thing as a stupid question. We will cover in our seminar series a whole range of model systems, brain areas and technical approaches; our interest lies in discussing great questions in brain function and development and we hope our seminars will pique your curiosity and set alight your scientific creativity. NEUReka! seminar series are part of the Department of Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College London, programme of external seminars.


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Speed Data - new special event!

Speed Data is a yearly one-day event organised by the NEUReka! team that will bring together experimental and theoretical neuroscientists. Its main scope is to form interdisciplinary collaborations that bridge the gap between computational and wet lab approaches in search of innovative, out-of-the-box ways to solve complex neurobiological problems.

Prior to Speed Data, junior ‘experimentalists’ (PhD students and postdocs) will bring up neurobiological questions related to their own research. The ‘modellers’ (mathematicians, physicists and computational scientists) will then have the opportunity to choose a proposed question to their liking and bring in ideas from their own fields, from systems neuroscience to machine learning. Speed Data will be a cosy and informal environment for both parties to interact, share ideas and draft the plan of their collaboration, which will be followed up and rewarded after the event. The ultimate aim of Speed Data is to foster meaningful and long-lasting partnerships and, in doing so, provide novel and unusual insights into the principles of the brain’s inner workings.


Seminar series 2017/2018

Matteo Carandini Matteo Carandini,
Wed 10/1/18 @ 4:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Host: Thomas Shallcross
Thu 3/5/18 @ 4:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Thu 14/6/18 @ 4:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
More seminars to be announced. Please check back!

Past events from current series

Dr Claire Wyart Dr Claire Wyart, The Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière
Thu 7/12/17 @ 4:00PM
Lecture Theatre 2, New Hunt's House, Guy's Campus
Light on an ancestral sensory interface linking cerebrospinal fluid to motor circuits in vertebrates
Host: Clémence Bernard
Dr Ian Duguid Dr Ian Duguid , University of Edinburgh
Thu 2/11/17 @ 4:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Dendritic excitation-inhibition balance shapes cerebellar output and motor behaviour
Host: Elisa Galliano
Prof Matt Jones Prof Matt Jones, School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience, University of Bristol
Thu 5/10/17 @ 4:00PM
Harris Lecture Theatre, Hodgkin building
Like SNPs in the night: psychiatric risk genes and coordinated limbic-cortical activity during wake and sleep
Host: Rachel Jackson
Prof Zhaoping Li Prof Zhaoping Li, University College London
Fri 15/9/17 @ 4:00PM
Anatomy Lecture Theatre (Hodgkin)
Exogeneous attentional guidance from primates to fish
Host: Giovanni Diana

Previous seminar series

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PhotographWinnie Wefelmeyer (Burrone Group)
PhotographClémence Bernard (Marin & Rico Groups)


PhotographAlejandro Pan Vazquez (Burrone Group)
PhotographRachel Jackson (Burrone Group)


PhotographSusanna Ramos (Sahara Group)

IT Officers

PhotographAntonio Hinojosa (Rico Group)
Photograph Victoria Gonzalez-Sabater (Burrone Group)

Communications Officers

PhotographStephanie Hynes (Rotation Student)
PhotographRita Chaouni (Sousa-Nunes Group)

Speed Data Coordinators

PhotographGiovanni Diana (Ch'ng Group)
PhotographSinziana Pop (Williams Group)

Special Events Coordinators

PhotographClémence Bernard (Marin & Rico Groups)
PhotographChris Puhl (Burrone Group)


Photograph Victoria Gonzalez-Sabater (Burrone Group)

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