ION Seminar Series

For the 2020-2021 academic year, ION seminars are held remotely at either 12 PM or 4 PM PT on Thursdays unless otherwise specified.  Seminars are hosted on Zoom and are open to the UO community and occasionally on World Wide Neuro.  Links to the weekly seminar will be advertised through the ION mailing list and those not on the list can request access by contacting Jenna Penny at seminars @ uoneuro.uoregon.edu. For more information and support for using the Zoom platform visit UOregon Zoom.

 

Upcoming Institute of Neuroscience Seminar & CSN Fest

Marta Zlatic, PhD

Group Leader
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
UK Research and Innovation - University of Cambridge

Seminar:  "How we learn, predict and decide: the circuit basis of behaviour"

Thursday, June 10th, 2021 at 1 PM PDT

 

Career Discussion with ION Trainees

Friday, June 11, 2021 at 1 PM PDT

Host:  Emily Heckman 

Zoom access for both events provided via ION mailing list

 

Learning, predicting, and deciding are fundamental brain functions essential for survival across the animal kingdom. Despite decades of investigation, we do not understand the rules governing biological intelligence. A major obstacle to progress has been the inability to determine the architecture of the circuits that implement these functions and to relate the architectural motifs to their function.  To overcome this obstacle we have established the Drosophila larva as a powerful genetic model system, ideally suited for relating the structure of neural circuits to their function. In this system it is possible to map circuits with synaptic resolution and to record and manipulate the activity of uniquely identified neurons to determine their roles in behaviour. Both vertebrates and insects have evolved higher-order centres specialized in forming large numbers of associative memories. To investigate the organizational logic of the learning centre in the insect brain, we have mapped its complete wiring diagram at synaptic resolution. Our EM reconstruction revealed multiple novel circuit motifs that provide clues about learning and decision-making models and their neuronal implementation. The highly recurrent nature of the learning circuit suggests learning is heavily regulated by previously formed memories. How quickly, and how well, an animal learns therefore depends on what it already knows. Using functional imaging and behavioural experiments, we are starting to identify neurons that compute predicted values and select actions. I will discuss the key findings from these studies and our ongoing work to elucidate the basic principles by which brains learn, predict, and decide.

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Spring 2021

DATE SPEAKER TITLE HOST

4/1/2021
12 PM PT

Bernado Sabatini Circuits of action selection and reinforcement Denver Ncube
4/8/2021
4 PM PT
Nicoladie Tam How to speed up the brain, how emotions bias decisions, is ignorance bliss, is love priceless, gender-difference in emotional sensitivity, and decode movement directions by applying computational theories and analyses of cortical optical imaging hemodynamic signals Kelsey Schultz
4/15/2021
12 PM PT
Xiaoxuan Jia Tracking information flow in mouse visual areas Luca Mazzucato
4/22/2021
12 PM PT
Fanny Cazettes Multiplexed accumulation of evidence in the mouse frontal cortex Luca Mazzucato
4/29/2021
12 PM PT
Michael Granato Probing nervous system plasticity using zebrafish Sarah Ackerman & Judith Eisen
5/6/2021 
12 PM PT
Marla Feller Wiring up direction selective circuits in the retina Adam Miller
5/13/2021
12 PM PT
Gerry Downes From swimming to seizures: Investigating locomotor behavior and epilepsy in developing zebrafish Anne Martin
5/20/2021
12 PM PT
Kang Shen Synaptic active zone assembly requires scaffold molecule phase separation Sarah Ackerman
5/27/2021
12 PM PT
Patrick Kanold Early Shaping of Auditory Cortex Circuits Santiago Jaramillo
6/3/2021
12 PM PT
SueYeon Chung TBA Luca Mazzucato
6/10/2021
1 PM PT
Marta Zlatic How we learn, predict and decide: the circuit basis of behaviour Emily Heckman
6/11/2021
1 PM PT
  CSN Fest with Dr. Marta Zlatic  

Fall 2020

DATE SPEAKER TITLE HOST
10/22/2020
Noon PT
Eve Marder Mind-Brain Institute of Neurosicence Lecture:  "Differential Resilience to Pertubations of Circuits with Similar Performance David McCormick
10/29/2020
12 PM PT
Cody Smith Glial and Neuronal Interactions that Build the Nervous System Judith Eisen
11/5/2020
12 PM PT
Georg Keller Cortical circuits for predictive processing David McCormick
11/12/2020
12 PM PT
Phyllis Robinson Best Practices in Cultivating Success for Underrepresented Populations Pursuing Degrees in Stem in Higher Education Judith Eisen
DEI
11/19/2020 
12 PM PT
David McLean Decoding neural circuits for movement control by studying zebrafish James Murray
11/26/2020   No Seminar - Thanksgiving Holiday  
12/3/2020
12 PM PT
Vanessa Ruta Theme and Variations: Circuit Mechanisms of Behavioral Evolution Emily Heckman
Womxn in Neuroscience
12/10/2020   No Seminar - Finals Week  

Winter 2021

DATE SPEAKER TITLE HOST
1/14/2021
4 PM PT
Matthieu Louis Neural computations directing orientation behavior during larval chemotaxis Matt Smear
1/21/2021
Postponed
Sonja Hofer Postponed David McCormick
1/28/2021
12 PM PT
Amy Orsborn Measuring, modeling and shaping neural plasticity in brain-machine interfaces James Murray
2/4/2021   No Seminar - Graduate Recruitment  
2/11/2021
12 PM PT
Sheena Josselyn Making memories in mice Dasa Zeithamova
2/18/2021 
Postponed
Caleb Kemere Postponed: Latent Spaces of Memory in Real and Virtual Worlds Cris Niell
2/25/2021
12 PM PT
Maria Geffen The role of cortical adaptation and plasticity in auditory learning and behavior Isabella Salinas
Womxn in Neuroscience
Wednesday
3/3/2021
10 AM PT
Kaela Singleton Control of Neuron Formation in Neurodevelopmental & Neurodegernative Disorders
Womxn in Neuroscience hosted seminar
Rachel Lukowicz
 
3/4/2021
4 PM PT
Melissa Warden Neuromodulation and the balance between goal-directed and reactive behavior Emily Sylwestrak
3/11/2021
12 PM PT
Richard Mooney From Song to Synapse Santiago Jaramillo
3/18/2021   No Seminar - Finals Week