CSNJC runs once per week. The paper to be discussed is announced here as well as on the bioeng-neuro mailing list, which also posts other events affecting neurotechnology researchers in or associated with the Department of Bioengineering. If you have any CSNJC-related questions, please email Yann Sweeney.

Time and location (unless otherwise stated):
Tueday 10:00-11:00, Bessemer B402 (aka meeting room 1)

Schedule (google sheet, including previous presentations)


Upcoming presentations

Previous meetings

Peter Quicke Brunel, Nicolas. "Is cortical connectivity optimized for storing information?" Nature Neuroscience (2016).
Sean Batir Kaifosh, Patrick, and Attila Losonczy. "Mnemonic Functions for Nonlinear Dendritic Integration in Hippocampal Pyramidal Circuits." Neuron (2016).

Guillaume Pernelle
Caroline Golden
Yann Sweeney
Stefania Garasto
Christian Martin
Wilten Nicola
Victor Pedrosa
Matthew Brown
Sara Zannone
Nicotinic receptors in the ventral tegmental area promote uncertainty-seeking, Naude at al (2016), Nature Neuroscience
 Silvia Ardila Jimenez
Distinct recurrent versus afferent dynamics in cortical visual processingKimberly Reinhold, Anthony D Lien & Massimo Scanziani (2015) Nature Neuroscience.
 Gaëlle Chapuis

Susanna Mitolo
Sleep-Dependent Reactivation of Ensembles in Motor Cortex Promotes Skill Consolidation. Ramanathan DS, Gulati T, Ganguly K (2015) PLoS Biol
Joseph Sollini

Oxytocin enables maternal behaviour by balancing cortical inhibition.
  Marlin, Mitrem, D’amour, Chao and Freomke (2015), Nature
Jacopo Bono

Renaud Schuck

Direct Activation of Sparse, Distributed Populations of Cortical Neurons by Electrical Microstimulation
Histed, Bonin & Reid (2015) Neuron

Stefania Garasto

Spatial Correlations in Natural Scenes Modulate Response Reliability in Mouse Visual Cortex
Rikhye & Sur (2015) J Neurosci

Peter Quicke

‘What the hell are all those acronyms? A user’s guide to playing lego with genes’: 
Transgenic Mice for Intersectional Targeting of Neural Sensors and Effectors with High Specificity and Performance 
Madisen et al (2015) Neuron

Yann Sweeney
Inferring learning rules from distributions of firing rates in cortical neurons
Lim, S. et al. (2015) Nat Neurosci

Stephanie Reynolds

‘How to lose information in the age of big data’: A Cellular Resolution Map of Barrel Cortex Activity during Tactile Behaviour 
Peron et al (2015) Neuron
29/04/15 Martina Wicklein How to keep your distance: visual distance control in a hummingbird hawk moth
06/05/15 Gaelle Chapuis Neuronal ensembles sufficient for recovery sleep and the sedative actions of α2 adrenergic agonists
Zhang et al (2015) Nat Neuroscience
13/05/15 Sara Zannone Explicit memory creation during sleep demonstrates a causal role of place cells in navigation
de Lavilléon, et al (2015).  Nature neuroscience, 18(4), 493-495.
20/05/15 Susanna Mitolo Motor Cortex Is Required for Learning but Not for Executing a Motor Skill
Kawai et al (2015) Neuron
27/05/15  <missed>  
03/06/15 Sarah Jarvis Temporal Dynamics of L5 Dendrites in Medial Prefrontal Cortex Regulate Integration Versus Coincidence Detection of Afferent Inputs
Dembrow et al (2015) J Neurosci
10/06/15 <missed>  
17/06/15 Luca Annecchino  
24/06/15 Matthew Brown  
14/01/15 External guest:
Taro Tezuka (University of Tsukuba)
Title: "Multichannel spike train and LFP analysis by positive definite kernels"
21/01/15 Jacopo Bono Experience-Dependent Specialization of Receptive Field Surround for Selective Coding of Natural Scenes
Pecka et al (2014) Neuron
28/01/15 Benjamin Hardcastle  Retinal output changes qualitatively with every change in ambient illuminance
Tikidji-Hamburyan et al (2015) Nature Neuroscience
04/02/15 Stefania Garasto Integration of visual motion and locomotion in mouse visual cortex
Saleem et al., (2013) Nature Neuroscience
Date change:
Thurs 12/02/15
Gaelle Chapuis Room change: RSM 2.42
ErbB4 regulation of a thalamic reticular nucleus circuit for sensory selection
Ahrens et al (2015) Nature Neuro
Date change:
Thurs 19/02/15
Renaud Schuck Room change: RSM 2.03
Improving AM ester calcium dye loading efficiency
Hamad et al (2015) Journal Of Neuroscience Methods
Date change:
Thurs 26/02/15
Caroline Copeland Room change: RSM 2.03
Actions of Xanthurenic Acid, a putative endogenous Group II metabotropic glutamate receptor agonist on sensory transmission in the thalamus
Copeland, Neale and Salt (2013) Neuropharmacology
11/03/15 Amanda Foust “Spots, blobs, and sheets: the importance of going fast”:
Swept Confocally-Aligned Planar Excitation (SCAPE) Microscopy for High-Speed Volumetric Imaging of Behaving Organisms.
Bouchard et al (2015) Nature Photonics
18/03/2015 Guillaume Pernelle Multiple Mechanisms Switch an Electrically Coupled, Synaptically Inhibited Neuron between Competing Rhythmic Oscillators
Gutierrez et al (2013) Neuron
25/03/2015 Simon Schultz "Ex vivo functional neuroimaging - and other tales of Yog-Sothoth"
01/04/2015 Marie Tolkiehn Spike sorting for large, dense electrode arrays
Rossant et al (2015) Preprint
08/04/2015 Martina Wicklein How to keep your d istance: visual distance control in a hummingbird hawk moth
15/04/2015 Peter Quicke Two-photon voltage imaging using a genetically encoded voltage indicator
Akemann et al (2013) Nature
22/04/2015 Stephanie Reynolds Optimized ratiometric calcium sensors for functional in vivo imaging of neurons and T lymphocytes
Thestrup et al (2014) Nat Methods
10/12/14 Joseph Sollini + cake Perceptual Gap Detection Is Mediated by Gap Termination R esponses in Auditory Cortex
Weible et al (2014)
03/12/14 Romain Caze Dendritic Structural Degeneration Is Functionally Linked to Cellular Hyperexcitability in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease
(2014) Neuron
12/11/14 Caroline Copeland Motor skill learning requires active central myelination.
McKenzie et al (2014) Science
05/11/14 Susanna Mitolo Hippocampal Neurogenesis Regulates Forgetting During Adulthood and Infancy
Akers et al (2014) Science
29/10/14 Caroline Golden The stimulus selectivity and connectivity of layer six principal cells reveals cortical microcircuits underl ying visual processing.
Vélez-Fort et al (2014) Neuron, 83(6):1431–43.
22/10/14 Kit Cheung Attention can either increase or decrease spike count correlations in visual cortex
Ruff and Cohen (2014) Nat Neurosci
15/10/14 Sarah Jarvis Network Structure within the Cerebellar Input Layer Enables Lossless Sparse Encoding
Billings et al (2014) Neuron
01/10/14 Luca Annecchino Optogenetic Activation of Dorsal Raphe Serotonin Neurons Enhances Patience for Future Rewards
Miyazaki et al (2014) Curr Biol
24/09/14 Renaud Schuck "The emergence of functional microcircuits in visual cortex"
Ko et al (2013) Nature
10/09/14 Stefania Garasto "Population code in mouse V1 facilitates readout of natural scenes through increased sparseness"
Froudarakis et al. (Nature Neuroscience)
27/08/14 Gaelle Chapuis Motivational Sali ence Signal in the Basal Forebrain Is Coupled with Faster and More Precise Decision Speed
Avila et al (2014) PLoS
13/08/14 Susu Chen Cerebellum involvement in cortical sensorimotor circuits for the control of voluntary movements
Proville et al (2014) Nat Neurosci
06/08/14 Simon Schultz All I saw was the cake. Hunger effects on attentional capture by visual food cues
Piech et al (2010) Appetite
30/07/14 Marie Tolkiehn Spa tially Distributed Local Fields in the Hippocampus Encode Rat Position
Agarwal et al (2014), Science
23/07/14 Jacopo Bono Altered synaptic dynamics during normal brain aging.
Mostany et al (2013), j neurosci
09/07/14 Joseph Sollini Neural Correlates of Task Switching in Prefrontal C ortex and Primary Auditory Cortex in a Novel Stimulus Selection Task for Rodents Chris C. Rodgers and Michael R. DeWeese (2014)
02/07/14 Silvia Ardila Jiménez State Dependence of Noise Correlations in Macaque Primary Visual Cortex
Ecker et al (2014) Neuron
25/06/14 Tomaso Muzzu Identification of a cellular node for motor control pathways
Levine et al (2014) Nat Neuro
18/06/14 Caroline Copeland Olfactory exposure to males, including men, causes stress and related analgesia in rodents
Sorge et al (2014) Nat Methods 11(6):629-632
11/06/14 Susanna Mitolo Learned spatiotemporal sequence recognition and prediction in primary visual cortex
Gavornik & Bear (2014) Nat Neurosci
04/06/14 Paul Chadderton Successful Execution of Working Memory Linked to Synchronized High-Frequency Gamma Oscillations
Yamamoto et al (2014) Cell
28/05/14 Internal guest:
Ilse-Sanet Pienaar
(Imperial, Dept of Medicine)
Optomising targeting of neural structures for delivering Deep Brain Stimulation to treat aspects of Parkinsonism
21/05/14 MTC Brown Canceling actions involves a race between basal ganglia pathways
Schmidt et al (2013) Nat N eurosci 16, 1118–1124
14/05/14 Osh Agabi A dedicated circuit links direction-selective retinal ganglion cells to the primary visual cortex
Cruz-Martin et al (2014) Nature
07/05/14   None due to Schultz worksh op
30/04/14 Ben Hardcastle
Bahl et al (2013) Nat. Neurosci. Object tracking in motion-blind flies
16/04/14 Romain Cazé Ult rasensitive fluorescent proteins for imaging neuronal activity
Chen et al (2013)
09/04/14 Kit Cheung Temporal whitening by power-law adaptation in neocortical neurons
Pozzorini et al (2013) Nat Neurosci
02/04/14 Luca Annecchino Cell type–specific genetic and optogenetic tools reveal hippocampal CA2 circuits
Kohara et al (2014) Nat Neurosci
26/03/14 Stefania Garasto Oscillator y multiplexing of population codes for selective communication in the mammalian brain.
Akam T. at al, Nat Rev Neurosci (2014)
19/03/14 Alexanda Berditchevsk aia CA3 Retrieves Coherent Representations from Degraded Input: Direct Evidence for CA3 Pattern Completion and Dentate Gyru s Pattern Separation.
Neunuebel and Knierim (2013) Neuron
12/03/14 Alex Morris Optical control of mammalian endogenous tr anscription and epigenetic states.
Konermann et al (2013) Nature
05/03/14 Jiaying Tang Robust Gamma Coherence between Macaque V1 and V2 by D ynamic Frequency Matching
Roberts et al (2013) Neuron
26/02/14 Gaelle Chapuis Discrete Neocortical Dynamics Predict Behavioral Categorization of Sounds
Bathellier, Ushakova & Rumpel (2012) Neuron
19/02/14 Marie Tolkiehn Optogenetic Activation of an Inhibitory Network Enhances Feedforward Functional Connectivity in Auditory Cortex
Hamilton, L. S., et al (201 3) Neuron, 80(4), 1066–1076.
12/02/14 Caroline Golden Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations.
Dias BG, Ressle r KJ. (201 4) Nat Neurosci. 17(1):89–96.
05/02/14 Renaud Schuck Miniaturization of Two-Photon Microscopy for Imaging in Freely Moving Animals
Helmchen, Denk & Kerr (2013) Cold Spring Harb Protoc
22/01/14 None , due to Olimpia Winter School  
15/01/14 Tomaso Muzzu Computation of linear acceleration through an internal model in the macaque cerebellum< /a>
Laurens et al (2013) Nat Neurosci