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Date
17.09.20
Start time
19:00
End time
21:00
Online (Zoom)
Northern branch

A talk from Professor Marcus Kaiser FRSB discussing how brain connectivity is linked to cognition


Join the Northern branch committee for this fascinating talk delivered by Professor Marcus Kaiser FRSB, leader of Neuroinformatics UK and professor of neuroinformatics at Newcastle University, followed by an audience Q&A.

Talk outline

Networks in biological systems are visible at different scales: from metabolic or protein-interaction networks within cells, over networks between neurons in the brain, to social interactions between humans. Over the last 30 years, as more and more information about biological networks has become available, Professor Kaiser and his team discovered a similar organisation across species and scales.

Professor Kaiser will discuss common principles of brain network organisation for the set of connections in the brain, the connectome. These principles are found across systems ranging from the network between neurons in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans to the network between regions of the human brain.

Changes in the modular and hub architecture of brain networks are linked to brain network disorders such as dementia, schizophrenia, and epilepsy. This talk will outline the principles of how neural networks grow and how deficits during brain maturation can lead to cognitive deficits as observed for brain disorders. The talk will also cover as the use of brain surgery and stimulation in order to change connectomes towards a healthier organisation.

Speaker

Professor Marcus Kaiser FRSB is leader of Neuroinformatics UK, representing more than 600 researchers in the field, chair of the Neuroinformatics Special Interest Group of the British Neuroscience Association, and chair of the NHS CHAIN Technology Sub-group on Computational Neurology.

After studying biology and computer science, he obtained his PhD, funded by a fellowship from the German National Academic Foundation, from Jacobs University Bremen in 2005. In 2016, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

He is on the editorial boards of Network Neuroscience (MIT Press), PLOS Computational Biology, and Royal Society Open Science, and author of the first review on connectomics. His research interests are understanding the origin of brain disorders through modelling brain development and using models to inform therapeutic interventions.

Cost and booking

This event is free to attend. Advance booking is essential through the link at the top of the page, and meeting joining details will be sent on the day of the event from regions@rsb.org.uk

Contact

For specific event queries, please contact Caroline Austin at caroline.austin@newcastle.ac.uk
For booking and website queries, please contact Harriet McAra at regions@rsb.org.uk or on 020 3925 3445.

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