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

Amy Orsborn, PhD

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
Biosystems
University of Washington

"Measuring, modeling and shaping neural plasticity in brain-machine interfaces"

Host: James Murray

Thursday, January 28th - 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET

Zoom access provided via ION mailing list

Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) change how the brain sends and receives information from the environment, opening new ways to treat neurological disorders and study brain function. For instance, motor BMIs directly map neural activity to the movements of an external device to restore movements to paralyzed people.  Recent work highlights that BMIs do not simply “decode” subjects’ intentions—they effectively create a new motor system the brain learns to control. This observation changes the engineering problem for clinical BMIs. Insights into sensorimotor learning and control in BMIs will be critical for improving BMI performance and usability, and may also shed light on basic principles of neural computation. In this talk, I’ll first present a study where we leveraged the unique properties of BMI to probe the roles of feed-forward and feedback sensorimotor control in BMI. Our study sheds light on sensorimotor control mechanisms, and in turn led to state-of-the-art neural interface performance. I'll then discuss the role of learning in motor BMIs and some new directions developing tools to actively shape or "engineer" brain learning and neural encoding to optimize BMI performance.

 

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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 
4 PM PT
Caleb Kemere 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
3/4/2021
12 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  

Spring 2021

DATE SPEAKER TITLE HOST
4/1/21 Bernado Sabatini TBA Denver Ncube
4/8/2021 Nicoladie Tam TBA Kelsey Schultz
4/29/2021 Kelly Monk TBA Sarah Ackerman & Judith Eisen
5/6/2021  Marla Feller TBA Adam Miller
5/13/2021 Gerry Downes TBA Anne Martin
5/20/2021  Kang Shen TBA Sarah Ackerman
5/27/2021 Patrick Kanold TBA Santiago Jaramillo
6/10/2021 Marta Zlatic CSN Fest - Finals Week Emily Heckman

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