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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

More seminars to be announced. Please check back!

Past events from current series

Dr Joris de Wit Dr Joris de Wit, VIB Center for Brain & Disease Research, KU Leuven
Thu 14/6/18 @ 4:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Patterning the synaptic network
Host: Clémence Bernard
Giorgio Gilestro Giorgio Gilestro, Imperial College
Thu 3/5/18 @ 4:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
A tale of sleepless flies and ninna nanna. How Drosophila changes what we know about sleep
Host: Tom Shallcross
Professor Thomas Klausberger Professor Thomas Klausberger, Medical University of Vienna
Thu 5/4/18 @ 4:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Neuronal circuits of the prefrontal cortex for decision making
Host: Alejandro Pan Vazquez
Dr Andreas Schaefer Dr Andreas Schaefer , The Francis Crick Institute
Thu 1/3/18 @ 3:30PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Mammalian olfaction is a high bandwidth sense
Host: Stephanie Hynes
Prof Matteo Carandini Prof Matteo Carandini, UCL
Wed 10/1/18 @ 4:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
From vision to navigation: a journey across mouse cortex
Host: Thomas Shallcross
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
Prof James Fawcett Prof James Fawcett, University of Cambridge
Thu 1/6/17 @ 4:00PM
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 @ 4:00PM
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 @ 4:00PM
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 @ 2:00PM
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 @ 4:00PM
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 @ 4:00PM
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 @ 4:00PM
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 @ 4:30PM
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 @ 3:00PM
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 @ 4:00PM
Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus
Speed control in the zebrafish spinal cord
Host: Adna Dumitrescu

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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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