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2017 Neuroscience Symposium

The UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2017 took place on Friday 16 June and was a great success.  Over 800 attendees from UCL and beyond enjoyed a day of fascinating talks and plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues and build new collaborations.

There were two very popular poster sessions which featured 12 lab posters and 145 research posters across 8 themes:

• Cognition and Behaviour

• Developmental Neuroscience

• Disorders of the Nervous System

• Homeostatic and Neuroendocrine Systems

• Neural Excitability, Synapses and Glia Posters

• Novel Methods, Resources and Technology

• Other Posters e.g. History of Neuroscience

• Sensory and Motor Systems Posters


The 2017 keynote addresses were delivered by Professor Richard Morris, University of Edinburgh and Professor Barbara Sahakian, University of Cambridge.

We also had talks from six UCL speakers:

Dr Jennifer Bizley – How does seeing improve listening?

Professor Jernej Ule – The surprising RNA biology of neurons: recursive splicing and beyond

Dr Tamar Makin – Brain plasticity in amputees

Dr Isaac Bianco – Vision to action: Sensorimotor processing in larval zebrafish

Professor Christiana Ruhrberg – Cross-talk of neural progenitors and blood vessels in the developing brain

Dr Sergi Costafreda Gonzalez – Hearing loss and risk of dementia

Early Career Neuroscience Prize

The 2016 Early Career Neuroscience prize was won by Dr Karin Tuschl (Junior Category), and Dr Aude Marzo (Advanced Category). The prize aims to recognise outstanding work published in the past year by early career UCL neuroscientists in any field of neuroscience, and is awarded in two categories; junior scientist (PhD students or post-docs with up to 3 years post-doc experience) and advanced scientist (from 4 and up to 10 years post-doc experience). Winner received a cash prize and had the chance to present a talk on their winning paper at the Symposium.

Junior Category

Dr Karin Tuschl, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health & UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology Winning Paper – Mutations in SLC39A14 disrupt manganese homeostasis and cause childhood-onset parkinsonism-dystonia. Nature Communications, 2016 May 27;7:11601. Tuschl K, Meyer E, …… Kurian MA, Wilson SW

Advanced Category

Dr Aude Marzo, UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology Winning Paper – Reversal of synapse degeneration by restoring Wnt signalling in the adult hippocampus. Current Biology, 2016 Oct 10;26(19):2551-2561 . Marzo A, Galli S, Lopes D, McLeod F, Podpolny M, Segovia-Roldan M, Ciani L, Purro S, Cacucci F, Gibb A, Salinas PC

Laboratory Poster prize

Winning Poster Professor Rachael Pearson – UCL Institute of Ophthalmology Poster title: Cell based therapies for retinal repair Runner up Professor Sara Mole – MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology Poster title: Batten disease


A write-up of the event is available on the UCL events blog website

The abstract booklet for the UCL Neuroscience Symposium 2017 is now available to download: View Poster Abstract Booklet (pdf)