Neuroscience Institute Autumn Conference 2021

Neuroscience conference 2021

Event details

21/10/2021 & 22/10/2021
12:30
Online event
This is a free online conference open to The University of Sheffield students and staff. You can access the event on google meet with this link. https://meet.google.com/ifg-vcsi-bia
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Description

The Neuroscience Institute at The University of Sheffield is excited to announce that registration is now open for our autumn conference, to be held on the 21st and 22nd October 2021.

Join us for a free 2 day event that will bring together researchers and academics from the University of Sheffield with external collaborators, to celebrate our success, the impact and value of our work, and to highlight the latest developments from the Neuroscience Institute.

With introductions led by Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, sessions will be based on our 3 key research pillars: Translational, Computational & Systems, Sensory & Developmental. 


Confirmed guest plenary speakers:

Professor Theodore (Ted) Price, The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioural and Brain Sciences, who will be discussing molecular characterization of human nociceptors – insights into chronic pain mechanisms in patients.

Professor Jonathan Rossiter, Professor of Robotics, The University of Bristol, who will be presenting his work ‘Towards bio-integrating soft robotics: from calming cushions to cyborg senior citizens’.

Toby Ferguson, M.D., Ph. D, Vice President, Head Neuromuscular Development Unit at Biogen, who will be providing an update on ALS efforts at Biogen

Professor Marysia Placzek, Professor of Developmental neurobiology, School of Biosciences at The University of Sheffield.

Please see our full programme of events:


21st October 2021

12.30pm  Welcome by Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Director of the Neuroscience Institute & Professor Sue Hartley OBE, Vice President for Research  
12:40 - 13:25 Professor Marysia Placzek, Professor in Developmental Neurobiology, Faculty of Science Single cell RNA seq of the developing hypothalamus: from progenitor cells to defined neurons
13:30 - 14:05 PI talk: Prof Tanya Whitfield, Professor of Developmental Biology, Faculty of Science Nahal Shahidan (PhD student) Dr Sarah Baxendale (Research Fellow).

Identification of small molecule modulators of Adgrg6 (Gpr126), an adhesion GPCR with a conserved role in peripheral myelination

14:10  – 14:45 PI talk: Dr Haiping Lu, Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning, Faculty of Engineering PyKale: Accessible Machine Learning from Multiple Sources for Interdisciplinary Research
14:45 - 15:00 Break  
15:00 - 15:15

ECR/PhD talks: Ilaria Giovanelli, PhD student working with Prof Janine Kirby and Prof Dame Pam Shaw, Faculty of MDH.

Dr Linus Conrad, PostDoc working with Dr Mirna Mustapha, Faculty of Science

Toby Burgess, PhD student working with Dr Heather Mortiboys and Prof Oliver Bandman, Faculty of MDH

Low-dose interleukin-2 and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: understanding the transcriptional response after treatment

Biophysical characterisation of Spiral Ganglion Neurons in a model of congenital deafness

Investigating the mechanistic
stratification of sporadic Parkinson’s
patients

15:20 - 15:55 PI talk: Dr Anestis Tsakiridis, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in Stem Cell Biology, Faculty of Science and Dr Faye Cooper, PostDoc In vitro generation of regionally defined neural cells for disease modelling and cell therapy applications
16:00 - 16:35 PI talk: Prof Mimoun Azzouz, Professor of Translational Neuroscience, Faculty of MDH

Sheffield Advanced Therapies: A Bright Future for Translational Pathways and Therapy Development for Rare Diseases

16:40 - 17: 25 Plenary speaker: Professor Theodore Price, The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioural and Brain Sciences Molecular characterization of human nociceptors – insights into chronic pain mechanisms in patients
17:25 - 17:30 Questions / discussion / close of day  

22nd October 2021

12.30 Welcome by Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Director of the Neuroscience Institute & Dr Ivana Barbaric, Senior Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology, Faculty of Science  
12:40 - 13:25 Plenary speaker: Prof Jonathan Rossiter, Professor of Robotics, The University of Bristol Towards bio-integrating soft robotics: from calming cushions to cyborg senior citizens
13:30 - 14:05

PI talk: Prof Fiona Boissonade, Professor of Neuroscience, Faculty of MDH

Oscar Solis-Castro (Postdoctoral researcher)

Sara Memarpour Hobbi (PhD student)

Nerve injury, neuropathic pain, and nerve regeneration

The XCL1-XCR1 chemokine axis in pain

Native extracellular matrix for peripheral nerve regeneration

14:10 - 14:45 PI talk: Dr Frederik Claeyssens, Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials, Faculty of Engineering & Dr Caroline Taylor (PostDoc) How to guide a peripheral neuron?
14:45 - 15:00 Break  
15:00 - 15:15

ECR/PhD talks: Dr Osman Shabir, PostDoc working with Prof Sheila Francis, Medical School

Allan Shaw, PhD student working with Prof Dame Pam Shaw and Dr Laura Ferraiuolo

Dr Tobias Moll, PostDoc working with Professor Dame Pamela Shaw and Dr Johnathan Cooper-Knock

Neurovascular function in mouse models of atherosclerosis and dementia

The role of astrocytes in C9orf72-mediated amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia

ALS-associated KANK1 mutations cause neurotoxicity and TDP-43 mislocalization. 

15:20 - 15:55 PI talk: Dr Ivana Barbaric, Senior Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology, Faculty of Science Modelling Charcot Marie Tooth disease
using human pluripotent stem cells
16:00 - 16:35

PI talk: Dr James Alix, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Neurophysiology, Faculty of MDH, & Dr Tom Jenkins, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Translational Neurology, Faculty of MDH

From the lab to the clinic: measuring novel therapeutic target engagement using shocks and magnets
16:40 - 17: 25 Plenary speaker: Dr Toby Ferguson, M.D., Vice President, Head Neuromuscular Development Unit at Biogen An update on ALS efforts at Biogen
17:25 - 17:30 Questions / discussion / close of day  

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