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Friday, 16 June 2017 from 09:00 to 18:00 (BST)

2017 UCL Neuroscience Symposium

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UCL Symposium Delegate (excluding MSc/BSc students and invited guests)
This symposium is primarily open to members of the UCL Neuroscience community and invited guests. You should register using either a UCL or affiliated (e.g. NHS) email address. If you would like to submit a poster - please read the guidelines below before registering,
9 Jun 2017 Free  
UCL MSc/BSc student
This symposium is primarily open to members of the UCL Neuroscience community and invited guests. You should register using either a UCL or affiliated (e.g. NHS) email address
9 Jun 2017 Free   Add to Waitlist
External (Includes Francis Crick Institute)
This category is for members of UCL's partner organisations or other academic organisations, for which there are a limited number of places.
9 Jun 2017 Free  
Invited Guest (UCL or external - please only register if you have received an invitation)
This category is for those that have received a personalised email asking you to register.
9 Jun 2017 Free  

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2017 UCL Neuroscience Symposium

Friday 16 June
Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London


Symposium AudiencePoster Exhibition

Now in its 8th year, the renowned UCL Neuroscience Symposium is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the latest research in neuroscience at UCL. With over 800 UCL Neuroscientists expected to attend, delegates will have the chance to create new cross-disciplinary links and foster collaboration between basic and clinical researchers.

We are delighted to announce that Professor Richard Morris (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Barbara Sahakian (University of Cambridge) will deliver the keynote lectures at the 2017 Symposium.

There will be two large poster sessions which will feature over 120 research and lab posters, with a prize awarded for the best lab poster.

For more information on the 2017 UCL Neuroscience Symposium contact Lalita John 



Keynote Speakers

UCL Speakers






09:00 – 10:15   Session 1 – Keynote Address


Chair: Professor Rachael Pearson, Chair, Symposium Programming Committee




Professor Rachael Pearson


Chair, Symposium Programming Committee


The synaptic plasticity and memory hypothesis


Professor Richard Morris


The University of Edinburgh


Jon Driver Prize


Jon Driver Prize


Jon Driver Prize

10:15 – 11:25    Poster Session 1 & Tea/coffee break

11:25 – 13:10   Session 2


Chair: Professor Kenneth Harris, UCL Institute of Neurology 


How does seeing improve listening? 


Dr Jennifer Bizley


The Ear Institute


The surprising RNA biology of neurons: recursive splicing and beyond 


Professor Jernej Ule


UCL Institute of Neurology


Brain plasticity in amputees


Dr Tamar Makin


UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience


Early Career Prize Lecture - Sponsored by Lilly – Junior Category


Early Career Prize Lecture - Sponsored by Lilly – Advanced Category

13:10 – 14:30   Poster Session 2 & Lunch

13:40 – 14.00  Lunchtime workshop sponsored by Spectra-Physics



14:30 – 15:45   Session 3


Chair: Professor Maria Fitzgerald, UCL Division of Biosciences 


Vision to action: Sensorimotor processing in larval zebrafish


Dr Isaac Bianco


UCL Division of Biosciences


Cross-talk of neural progenitors and blood vessels in the developing brain


Professor Christiana Ruhrberg


UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Hearing loss and risk of dementia


Dr Sergi Costafreda Gonzalez


UCL Division of Psychiatry

15:45 – 16:45   Session 4 – Keynote Address


Chair: Professor Trevor Smart, Chair, UCL Neuroscience Symposium 


Keynote speaker: Cognitive enhancement in neuropsychiatric disorders and healthy people


Professor Barbara Sahakian


Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioural Clinical Neuroscience Institute, University of Cambridge


Closing remarks and prizes


Professor Trevor Smart


Chair, UCL Neuroscience Domain 

16:45 – 18:30   Wine reception




Early Career Neuroscience Prize

Each year the UCL Neuroscience Domain presents the Early Career Neuroscience Prize to two UCL neuroscientists. The prize aims to recognise outstanding work published in the past year by early career UCL neuroscientists in any field of neuroscience.

Winners will receive a prize of £750 and are given the opportunity to present their work at the annual UCL Neuroscience Symposium.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on Wednesday 29 March 2017.


Full details on how to apply are available here:

ECN Prize details (pdf)



Poster Submission

***Deadline Extended - Friday 28 April, 4:00pm***  

All attendees are eligible to submit posters when registering to attend but due to limited space this is on a first come, first served basis. You will be notified by Friday 5 May if your poster has been accepted. 

Please note the following details in order to ensure you submit correctly:

Poster submission is part of the registration process, no posters will be accepted on the day that have not been submitted in advance

  • All poster details must be complete at time of registration, you will not be able to add information to your submission once you have completed registration
  • Details required for submission are: 
    • Poster type (research or lab poster)
    • Poster category
    • Poster title
    • Poster authors
    • Poster abstract (200 words)
  • The deadline for submitting posters has been extended to Friday 28 April, 4:00pm.
  • Poster submitters will be notified by Friday 5 May if their poster has been accepted or not.


 Research Poster Themes: 


  • Developmental Neuroscience, e.g. Brain Patterning, Neurogenesis, Gliogenesis, Stem Cells, Axon & Dendrite Development, Synaptogenesis, Cell Death, Development of Motor, Sensory & Limbic Systems, Transplantation & Regeneration
  • Neural Excitability, Synapses, and Glia: Cellular Mechanisms, e.g. Neurotransmitters, Signalling Molecules, Ion Channels, Receptors, Transporters, Synaptic Plasticity, Network Interactions, Intrinsic Membrane Properties, Glia-Neuron Interactions
  • Disorders of the Nervous System, e.g. Translational Mechanisms, Neurological, Neurodegenerative, psychiatric, developmental & sensory disorders, Trauma, Neurooncology, Drug abuse
  • Sensory and Motor Systems, e.g. Multisensory, Auditory, Vision, Vestibular, Pain, somatosensory, Spinal cord injury, Motor pattern generation, Motor neurons, Cerebellum, Basal ganglia, Posture & gait, Voluntary movements, Brain/machine interface
  • Homeostatic and Neuroendocrine systems, e.g. Neuroendocrine, Neuroimmunology, autonomic regulation, biological rhythms and sleep
  • Cognition and Behaviour, e.g. Perception, learning, memory, attention, language, emotion, decision making and reasoning, cognitive development, cognitive ageing, social cognition, animal cognition & behaviour, motivation and emotion
  • Novel Methods, Resources and Technology Development, e.g. Molecular, biochemical & genetic techniques, Genomics proteomics & systems biology, staining, imaging, optical methods, optogenetics, electrophysiology, software, bioinformatics, computation
  • Other, e.g. history of neuroscience, public awareness of neuroscience, resource posters


Lab posters:

Lab posters should present an overview of the work of the whole laboratory, rather than a specific piece of research.



Poster boards are A0 portrait (841mm wide x 1189mm high). All posters must fit in this space. We regret that we cannot accept any landscape posters wider than 841mm.

Poster PresenterPoster Presenter 2



Important Points to Note

This meeting is open to all researchers (PhD students, postdocs, research associates and Principal Investigators) working on any aspect of neuroscience within UCL, or partner NHS organisations (UCLH, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, associated Mental Health Trusts).

Due to the popularity of the event, entry is only guaranteed for those that have pre-registered.

 A limited number of tickets will also be made available to:

  • UCL BSc/MSc students on neuroscience-related courses;
  • Neuroscience colleagues with affiliation to the Francis Crick Institute.

To confirm authenticity of your registration, please use your UCL/NHS email address when registering (i.e. do not use gmail, hotmail etc).

If you are affiliated to the Francis Crick Institute please use your primary organisation's address. 



Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation must be given by email to Lalita John by Thursday 15 June at 5pm

  • If you fail to send a notice of cancellation to organisers by Thursday 15 June we will request a £10 cancellation fee from the department account string specified on your registration form.

We will accept name changes for attendees. Please inform Lalita John 10 working days prior to the event on (0)20 7679 6168 (Internal: 46168) or email.

  • If name changes aren't notified 10 days in advance a name badge cannot be guaranteed for the alternate attendee.




If you wish to sponsor this event and exhibit at the trade exhibition, please contact Lalita John for more information about the sponsorship opportunities available at this year's Symposium.

With grateful thanks to all of our sponsors: 

UCL Brain Sciences

UCLH Biomedical Research Centre

UCL Ear Institute

Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit

UCL Institute of Neurology

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

UCL School of Pharmacy

UCL Division of Psychiatry 

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre 



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Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
WC1H 0AL London
United Kingdom

Friday, 16 June 2017 from 09:00 to 18:00 (BST)

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UCL Neuroscience Domain

UCL has a strong and vibrant neuroscience community, and is currently ranked second worldwide for ISI citations in neuroscience and behaviour. Neuroscience is a strategic priority and cross-cutting theme for UCL, with increased efforts being made to facilitate interactions between the many different aspects of neuroscience across the different parts of UCL.

To date, over 450 Neuroscience PIs have been identified across UCL. Together with the many postdocs and PhD students, the total community exceeds 2000 people.

Organising committee:

Professor Rachael Pearson (Chair), Dr Caswell Barry, Dr Jonathan Gale, Dr Antonia Hamilton, Professor Kirsten Harvey, Professor Rob Howard, Lalita John, Ede Rancz, Dr Matt Wakelin, Dr Ed Wild, and Dr Selina Wray

Dr Matt Wakelin is UCL's Neuroscience Strategy Coordinator, and Lalita John is our Neuroscience Communications and Events Officer.



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