This October the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology's NEUReka! team and the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre will be hosting their second joint symposium, this year entitled: From synapses to behaviour: what is the quantum of neural computation?
Currently there is no agreement between neuroscientists as to what can be described as a computational unit of the brain. Historically, single neurons have claimed the title as the functional unit of the nervous system, whilst more modern imaging methods have pointed towards neuronal ensembles as being a more robust feature to focus on. Furthermore, the participation of glia in information encoding has been largely ignored and others argue that a more thorough decomposition of behaviour is necessary before we can even begin to understand the brain’s computation.
More often than not, the cross-talk between researchers working on these different levels of abstraction is quite sparse, and we believe bringing researchers together to discuss these questions will help promote collaboration and further our understanding on the important questions in neuroscience that can’t be solved just by looking from one point of view.
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IMPORTANT: the museum is not open to the general public, but welcomes all researchers (all institutions, all disciplines etc). Please register for the event using an affiliated email address, and bring your university/research ID card.