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16:00 - 17:00 14 July 2014

Mapping Structure and function in the Fly Brain


Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre | Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student

Speaker information: Dr Gerald Rubin, HHMI Vice President and Executive Director of the Janelia Farm Research Campus. Host: Professor John O’Keefe, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre. ABSTRACT: I will discuss our efforts to develop and apply some of the tools that will be required for a comprehensive, “brain-wide” analysis of the anatomy and function of the fly brain at the level of individual cell types and circuits. As an example of this approach, I will describe our recent work on the mushroom body. The mushroom body is an associative center in invertebrate brains thought to impose valence on sensory representation. This structure not only functions in classical learning paradigms but is likely to integrate information about the organism’s internal state and the history of previous exposure to a stimulus, allowing the organism to more comprehensively contextualize a diversity of sensory experiences it may encounter throughout its life.


Marg Glover
Please email | m.glover@ucl.ac.uk