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Seminars and events

Following the success of the virtual Neuroscience Seminars in 2021 we are happy to announce they will continue into 2022. The aim is to create an exciting programme of external and internal speakers that will be both stimulating and informative to our now virtual community. Talks are scheduled until the end of 2022.  Please put these dates in your diary. We send out calendar invites as each seminar approaches with details of the speakers and the titles of each of their talks - please contact us to be added to the mailing list.


2021/2022 schedule: All sessions run from 4:00 -5:15pm

  • Tuesday 12thOctober 2021
  • Tuesday 14th December 2021
  • Tuesday 15th February 2022
  • Tuesday 5th April 2022
  • Tuesday 14th June 2022
  • Summer Break


We are happy to welcome three guests to present at our next Neuroscience Seminar on 5th April.  

1. Doretta Caramaschi "Epigenome-wide association studies of neurodevelopment"

Individual differences in neurodevelopment often arise early in life and can be traced back to early life environmental influences. The early pre-and postnatal environment affect neurodevelopment acting on genetic predispositions. The interaction of genetic and environmental effects can leave bio-marks on the epigenome, specifically DNA methylation. I will give a brief overview of my work to date on the link between early life DNA methylation and neurodevelopmental traits.

2. Nicholas Clifton “Partitioning the effects of psychiatric risk variants on synaptic dynamics” 

The search for much-needed new treatments for schizophrenia and related disorders has been hampered by complex underlying genetics and a poor understanding of the genetic effects on cell biology. My work incorporates novel methods for studying cell biology during brain development and exploits recent discoveries in DNA sequencing that have revealed a subset of genetic variants that substantially increase the risk of schizophrenia. I present relationships between the expression of genes involved in particular biological pathways and stages of brain development, then refine these relationships using common and rare genomic data to pinpoint where and when neuronal systems are most vulnerable to the effects of genetic variants conferring risk for psychiatric disorders.

3. Aidan Kenny “microRNA regulation at the synapse”

We’re looking for volunteers to make presentations at our future events, so please sign up to speak. We are particularly interested in hearing about research by early career researchers, including PhD students and postdocs. It’s a friendly and supportive environment in which to present new data and new ideas, with the aim of stimulating new collaborations across the neuroscience community in Exeter


We look forward to seeing you all,

Jon Mill, Craig Beall & Tom Ridler