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IBCS Seminar

“Using rhythmic network activity to probe neural circuit function”

An Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science seminar
Date27 March 2019
Time15:00 to 16:30
PlaceSt Luke's G18

Dr Mick Craig - Senior Research Fellow- Exeter University

Since Berger first reported the EEG in 1929, it has been known that brains generate patterns of electrical activity, called neuronal oscillations, that vary with cognitive state. Neuronal oscillations are generated by the rhythmic firing of networks of neurons, and are typically parsed based on frequency. For example, slow (<1Hz) oscillations occur during sleep and are believed to be involved in memory consolidation, while faster theta rhythms (5 to 12 Hz) occur during spatial navigation. This talk will describe the cellular basis through which rhythmic network activity is generated, and how studying neuronal oscillations can allow researchers to bridge the gap of understanding that separates in vitro studies of synaptic function and behavioural studies.

As an undergraduate, Mick Craig studied Neuroscience in his home city of Glasgow, graduating in 2006. In 2011, he completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford and carried out a short postdoc at the University of Cambridge, both in the lab of Prof Ole Paulsen, before moving to the USA as a postdoctoral visiting fellow at NIH in Washington DC, in the lab of Dr Chris McBain. Mick returned to the UK in 2016 to set up his research group in UEMS, where he leads a team that studies long-range communication between different brain regions in health and disease, from the synapse through to behaviour.

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