BNA Members' Meeting 2024

BNA Event - 24th to 25th Apr 2024

Registered members can access on-demand content from the Members' Meeting 2024 until 25 May via the swap card platform - please access your Swapcard profile if you are an existing delegate.

We warmly welcome you to the BNA Members' Meeting 2024, taking place online on 24th and 25th April 2024. This is a meeting by members for members; an opportunity to get together to discuss your research and - especially - your plans for future work.


Day 1 - Wednesday 24th April 

Chairs: Tara Spire-Jones, BNA President 9:25 - 11:25
            Rik Henson, Immediate Past BNA President 13:25 - 15:15

Time Talk/ Session title Speaker(s)
9:25 - 9:30  Welcome  Tara Spires-Jones, BNA President
9:30 - 9:45 Hunting(tin) for Genetic interactions in Huntington's Disease Rachel Sellick, PhD researcher, Cardiff University
9:45 - 10.00 Investigation of COMP360 effects on neuronal ensembles using FosTRAP system in mice.

Nutthaya BunmakPostgraduate, University of Bristol

10:00 - 10:15 Underlying Neural Mechanisms of Working Memory in Older Adults Esteban León Correa, PhD student, Edge Hill University
10:15 - 10:30 Study of oligodendrocytes and myelination during development in a rat model of fragile X syndrome

Eleni Tsoukala, PhD student, University of Edinburgh

10:30 - 10:45 BREAK  
10:45 - 11:00 Separating the effect of arousal and movements for studying visual processing in freely moving animals Fengxi JinPostgraduate, The University of Manchester
11:00 - 11:25 Role of Primary cilia and the DNA damage response in the aetiology of Motor neuron disease Vasanta Subramanian, Senior researcher/Clinician, University of Bath
11:25 - 12:25 Special Credibility Prize Winners Session

Chaired by Professor Tara Spire-Jones, BNA President

Josefina Weinerova, University of Nottingham, "The effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on cognitive and brain function"

Lei Zhang, University of Birmingham, "Globalising open and reproducible science"

Stephen J. Eglen, on behalf of CODECHECK, “Evaluating the reproducibility of computational results reported in scientific articles”

12:25 - 13:25 LUNCH


13:25 - 13:40 The ventral hippocampus and reversal learning Rachel Grasmeder Allen, PhD Student, University of Nottingham
13:40 - 14:05 Inflammation as a potential contributor to depression in people living with HIV Arish Mudra Rakshasa-Loots, PhD Researcher, University of Edinburgh
14:05 - 14:30 How to develop safe and responsible AI in neuroscience research Lewis Hotchkiss, Early Career, Dementias Platform UK
14:30 - 14:45 BREAK  
14:45 - 15:00 NMJ recovery following AAV9-SMN treatment of a mouse model of SMA Charlotte Cuffley, MPhil Student, University of Cambridge
15:00 - 15:15 How to train attention with real-time fMRI neurofeedback Christina KampoureliPhD Student, University of Sussex
15:15 - 16:00 A cultural revolution in sustainable neuroscience is needed more than a cultural revolution in open neuroscience now - GREEN NEUROSCIENCE DEBATE Joseph Clift, BNA (chair)
Charlotte Rae, Sustainability champion: University of Sussex
Dom Makowski, Open science champion: University of Sussex
Hannah Hope: Funder dual perspective: Wellcome
16:00 - 16:02 Closing Words Laura Ajram, BNA CE
16:02 - 17:00

Training session: Applying for Fellowships: Tips, Tricks and Techniques

Training session: Data Visualisation: Making the most of your data 

Tara Spires-Jones, BNA President


University of Cambridge


Day 2 - Thursday 25th April 

Chairs: Narender Ramnani, BNA President Elect (Royal Holloway) 9:25 - 12:15
            Laura Ajram, BNA Chief Executive Officer 13:10 - 15:25

Time Talk/ Session title Speaker(s)
9:25 - 9:30 Welcome Narender Ramnani, BNA President-Elect, Royal Holloway
9:30 - 9:45 Investigating the co-aggregation of S100A9 and alpha-synuclein- a potential mechanism of pathology in Parkinson's disease Georgia Boothe, Undergraduate, University of Southampton
9:45 - 10:30 PANEL SESSION - Molecular functional and morphological diversity of astrocytes in health and disease

Valentina Mosienko, Mid-career researcher/clinician, University of Bristol

Philip Hasel, Mid-Career Researcher (Group Leader and Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow), UK Dementia Research Institute, University of Edinburgh

Charlie Friend, Early Career Researcher (Master’s student), University of Bristol

Dr Mootaz Salman, Mid-Career Researcher (Group Leader and MRC Career Development Fellow), University of Oxford

10:30 - 10:45 BREAK  
10:45 - 11:00 Uncoupling of synaptic loss from amyloid burden by an Alzheimer’s disease protective variant of PLCγ2 Ryan Bevan, Research Associate, UKDRI at Cardiff University
11:00 - 11:25 Mis-spliced transcripts generate de novo proteins in TDP-43-related ALS/FTD

Sahba Seddighi, Undergraduate/pre-clinical, University of Oxford

11:25 - 12:15 Plenary (Presidential - BNA) Tara Spires-Jones, BNA President
12:15 - 13:10 LUNCH  
13:10 - 13:25 Cell Type Specific Transcriptomic Signatures of Brain Ageing James Tomkins, Research Associate, University of Cambridge
13:25 - 13:40 Targeting the infiltrative margin of glioblastomas Riddhi Sharma, Early Career, UK Health Security Agency
13:40 - 14:05

Mechanisms underlying active dendritic processing in functionally distinct cortical pyramidal cell types

Matthew Rowan, Assistant Professor, Emory University

14:05 - 14:30 Embodied Foraging: Explore vs Exploit social decision making with Japanese Macaques Hildelith Leyser, Postgraduate, McGill University
14:30 - 14:45 BREAK


14:45 - 15:00 Elucidating the significance of hippocampal perineuronal nets in cognition and behaviour Jacob Juty, PhD student, University of Nottingham
15:00 - 15:25 Reducing the carbon footprint of computing in neuroscience: Insights from human neuroimaging Nick Souter, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Sussex
15:25 - 15:30  Closing words Laura Ajram, BNA CE
15:30  Art Science: special session;
Join us for a special session and film screening on the collaborative project between the BNA and researchers at KCL – Art Science. 



For the first time in BNA history, we have called for poster presentations in video format as PosterBytes.

The change from static posters offers an opportunity to make the research more accessible for a wider audience and to utilise new technologies that can improve the way we communicate developments in neuroscience research. 

PosterBytes will be available to view on the event platform, Swapcard, we hope you enjoy them! 

Education and Training programme

*New for 2024*, we are introducing two parallel online training sessions for Early Career Researchers:
• Applying for Fellowships: Tips, Tricks and Techniques – Delivered by Prof Tara Spires-Jones
• Data Visualisation: Making the most of your data – Delivered by the University of Cambridge

More information about these sessions will be available here in due course. 

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