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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 2016/2017

More seminars to be announced. Please check back!

Past events from current series

Prof James Fawcett Prof James Fawcett, University of Cambridge
Thu 1/6/17 @ 04:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Targeting the extracellular matrix to restore movement and memory to the damaged and aged CNS
Host: Victoria Gonzalez-Sabater
Dr. Claudia Clopath Dr. Claudia Clopath , Imperial College London
Thu 4/5/17 @ 04:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Modelling synaptic plasticity in neural circuits
Host: Alejandro Pan Vazquez
Dr. Aman Saleem Dr. Aman Saleem, University College London
Thu 6/4/17 @ 04:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Vision to Navigation: Information processing between the Visual Cortex and Hippocampus
Host: Antonio Hinojosa
Inaugural annual meeting co-organised by NEUReka! (CDN) and SystSems (SWC and Gatsby) Inaugural annual meeting co-organised by NEUReka! (CDN) and SystSems (SWC and Gatsby),
Tue 21/3/17 @ 02:00PM
Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, 25 Howland St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4JG
Neuronal Diversity: Why do we have it? What can it do?
Host: NEUReka! and SystSems
Professor Colin Akerman Professor Colin Akerman, University of Oxford
Thu 2/3/17 @ 04:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Relating progenitors to fine scale excitatory synaptic connectivity
Host: Winnie Wefelmeyer
Dr Isaac Bianco Dr Isaac Bianco, University College London
Thu 2/2/17 @ 04:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Vision to Action: Perception of ethologically relevant visual stimuli and control of behavioural responses
Host: Paride Antinucci
Dr Natalia de Marco Garcia Dr Natalia de Marco Garcia, Weill Cornell Medical College
Thu 19/1/17 @ 04:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Sensory inputs control cell type-specific dynamics in developing cortical networks
Host: Alejandro Pan Vazquez
Dr Rick Livesey Dr Rick Livesey, University of Cambridge
Thu 13/10/16 @ 04:30PM
Gowland Hopkins LT, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Human stem cell models of cerebral cortex evolution and disease
Host: Catarina Osório
Professor Kevin Staras Professor Kevin Staras, University of Sussex
Thu 6/10/16 @ 03:00PM
New Hunt's House, Classroom G.3
Synaptic vesicle pools in hippocampus: post-retrieval fate and modulation by plasticity
Host: Christopher Puhl
Dr David McLean Dr David McLean, Northwestern University, Illinois
Thu 8/9/16 @ 04:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Speed control in the zebrafish spinal cord
Host: Adna Dumitrescu
Dr Matthias Landgraf Dr Matthias Landgraf, University of Cambridge
Thu 9/6/16 @ 04:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Regulation of Structural Synaptic Plasticity by Metabolic Reactive Oxygen Species
Host: Sinziana Pop
Dr Melanie Woodin Dr Melanie Woodin, University of Toronto
Thu 5/5/16 @ 05:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
KCC2 blurs the lines between excitatory and inhibitory synapses
Host: Winnie Wefelmeyer
Kenneth Harris Kenneth Harris, University College London
Thu 24/3/16 @ 04:00PM
Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt's House, Guy's Campus
Organization of neuronal population activity in sensory cortex
Host: Andre Marques Smith
Professor Thomas Euler Professor Thomas Euler, University of Tübingen
Thu 3/3/16 @ 04:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
What the mouse's eye tells the mouse's brain: Functional diversity in the retina
Host: Greta Schachermayer
Professor David Nutt Professor David Nutt, Imperial College London
Thu 7/1/16 @ 04:00PM
Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt's House, Guy's Campus
The acid test? Using psychedelics to understand human brain function
Host: Alejandro Pan Vazquez
Dr Adam Kampff Dr Adam Kampff, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, University College London
Thu 10/12/15 @ 04:00PM
Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt's House, Guy's Campus
What does (motor) Cortex do (in a rat)?
Host: Paride Antinucci
Adam Packer Adam Packer, University College London
Thu 5/11/15 @ 04:00PM
Lecture Theatre 2, New Hunt's House, Guy's Campus
All-optical Interrogation of Neural Circuits
Host: Tom Sainsbury
Dr Tiago Branco Dr Tiago Branco, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge
Tue 6/10/15 @ 04:00PM
Gordon Museum
Synaptic integration in circuits controlling mouse instinctive behaviours
Host: Chris Puhl
Florian Engert Florian Engert, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Mon 7/9/15 @ 04:00PM
Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt's House
Binocular motion processing in the larval zebrafish
Host: Winnie Wefelmeyer

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PhotographWinnie Wefelmeyer (Burrone Group)
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IT Officers

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

Communications Officers

PhotographStephanie Hynes (Rotation Student)
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Speed Data Coordinators

PhotographGiovanni Diana (Ch'ng Group)
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Special Events Coordinators

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


Photograph Victoria Gonzalez-Sabater (Burrone Group)

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