BNA Members' Meeting

BNA Event - 27th to 28th Apr 2022

We warmly welcome you to the first ever 'BNA Members' Meeting'!  This will take place on 27th and 28th April 2022, online, and will be a meeting by members for members; an opportunity to get together to discuss your research and - especially - your plans for future work.

Bring your ideas, challenges, thoughts, problems and solutions, so that, as a community, we can do the very best neuroscience!


Feedback from BNA members about holding this new type of meeting was overwhelming positive (94% thought the idea was 'Fantastic' or 'Good', n=124). Feedback also included the following:

  • emphasise involvement of postgraduates and early career researchers
  • emphasise sharing of plans, getting feedback, help, and tips - rather than showcasing of research
  • online, to maximise accessibility
  • opportunity for networking



Please note: In order to facilitate greater sharing of information, especially pre-publication, with complete reassurance of a safe members-only space, these talks will NOT be recorded unless stated otherwise.

Throughout the two days, we have captured many of the interesting questions and suggestions raised on our Padlet discussion board. Click here to access it. 

Day 1 - Wednesday 27th April 

Chairs: Rik Henson (Cambridge University) 9:25 – 12:15
            Tara Spire-Jones (University of Edinburgh; UKDRI) 12:45 – 14:00
            Dayne Beccano-Kelly (Cardiff University; UKDRI) 14:15 – 15:15

Time Talk/ Session title Speaker(s)
9:25 - 9:30  Welcome  Rik Henson (BNA President)
9:30 - 10:15 Neural circuits for learning and representing concepts and categories: the roles of mPFC, MTL, and ATL Levan Bokeria (chair); University of Cambridge
Beth JefferiesUniversity of York (speaker); 'Context-dependent representation of word meaning'
Timothy BehrensUniversity of Oxford (speaker); "Hierarchical sequence representations in human entorhinal cortex?"
Bradley Love, University College London (speaker); “Medial prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus support a domain-general learning mechanism”
10:15 - 10:30 Climate crisis and ecological emergency: why they concern neuroscientists, and what we can do Charlotte Rae, University of Sussex
10:30 - 10:45 BREAK  
10:45 - 11:15 The interplay between metabolic disorders and Alzheimer’s disease

Prof. Mirela Delibegovic, University of Aberdeen (speaker)
Interventions aimed at improving metabolic health and cognitive dysfunction
Dr. Zara Franklin, University of Aberdeen
Molecular mechanisms associated with Alzheimer’s disease and impaired metabolic function
Inga Schmidt, University of Aberdeen (chair)
Marina Souza Matos, University of Aberdeen (chair)

11:15 - 11:30 Graph Theory in Analysis of EEGs in Epilepsy Aneirin (Nye) Rhys Potter, King's College London
11:30 - 11:45 Posterior parietal cortex and precision encoding: a neurocomputational pattern relevant for subclinical psychosis? Francesco Scaramozzino, Royal Holloway, University of London
11:45 - 12:00 A multi-level model of hippocampal function from behaviour to neurons Robert Mok, University of Cambridge
12:00 -12:15 Zooming In and Out: assessing three different network-level relationships of brain and behavior Danielle Kurtin, University of Surrey
12:15 - 12:45 LUNCH BREAK  
12:45 - 13:00 Boosting credibility in your research

Fiona Ramage, University of Dundee (Student Researcher Credibility Prize winner)


13:00 - 13:15 Oxytocin Neuropeptide Neuromodulatory Action in Dopaminergic and Serotoninergic Neurotransmission in Central Nervous System Pratibha Thakur, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India
13:15 - 13:30 BNA update and chance for your input at an interactive Q&A session!  Dr Anne Cooke, BNA Chief Executive
13:30 - 13:45 Mice can extract information from temporally-complex odour plumes to learn about odour source location Alina Cristina Marin, Francis Crick Institute / University College London
13:45 - 14:00 Role of C-Tactile Afferent Nerve Fibres for Infant Development Laura Mulligan, Liverpool John Moores University
14:00 - 14:15 BREAK  
14:15 - 14:30 Lack of glutamate co-release from 5-HT neurons is associated with putative anhedonia in mice Luisa Sophie Gullino, University of Oxford
14:30 - 14:45 Investigating the behavioural and neurochemical effects of SSRI discontinuation in mice Helen Collins, University of Oxford
14:45 - 15:00 Does a sub-anesthetic dose of ketamine influence the negative emotional biases associated with autobiographical memories in treatment resistant depression? Sara Costi, University of Oxford
15:00 - 15:15 Boosting credibility in your research

Matthew Grubb, King’s College London (Individual Researcher Credibility Prize winner)

15:15 END OF DAY 1  

Day 2 - Thursday 28th April 

Chairs: Rik Henson (Cambridge University) 9:25 – 12:15
            Emma Soopramanien (Queen Mary, University of London) 12:45 – 15:15 

Time Talk/ Session title Speaker(s)
9:30 - 9:45 Using organotypic brain slice cultures to model the interferon response in the brain Paige Mumford, University College London, UK Dementia Research Institute
9:45 - 10:00 Investigating the Effects of 16p11.2 Microdeletion on Progenitors and Interneuron Development Using Region-Specific Brain Organoids  Rana Fetit, University of Edinburgh
10:00-10:15 Meta-analysis of preclinical studies as a tool to improve study design in anti-migraine drug discovery research. Antonina Dolgorukova, Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University
10:15 - 10:30 Further characterisation of the rat model of Tourette-related striatal disinhibition: in vivo electrophysiological, behavioural, and translational imaging studies  Joanna Loayza, University of Nottingham
10:30 - 10:45 Gambling addiction and the Brain  Rayyan Zafar, Imperial College London
10:45 - 11:00 Boosting credibility in your research

Nathalie Percie du Sert, NC3Rs (representing the Team Credibility Prize winners)

11:00 - 11:15 BREAK  
11:15 - 11:30 Hypoxia Signaling in Parkinson’s Disease: There Is Use in Asking “What HIF?” Laura Leston Pinilla, Nottingham Trent University
11:30 - 11:45 Virally mediated synaptic dysfunction in ALS Nick Pasternack, University of Cambridge
11:45 - 12:00 Light sheet imaging of behaviourally activated neurons in a rodent model of autism spectrum disorders Cristina Martinez-Gonzalez, University of Edinburgh
12:00 - 12:15 Continuous neurochemical measurements in traumatically injured brain using a microdialysis coupled mid-infrared sensor Chisomo Zimphango, University of Cambridge
12:15 - 12:45 LUNCH BREAK  
12:45 - 13:45 Women in Neuroscience

Lizzie English, University of Cambridge (chair)
Tomi Akingbade, University of Cambridge (panellist).
Professor Selina Wray, University College London (panellist).
Professor Gina Rippon, Professor Emeritus of Cognitive NeuroImaging at Aston University, Birmingham
Dr Emma Yhnell, Equal Opportunities and Diversity Representative of the BNA, (panellist)

13:45 - 14:00 BREAK  
14:00 - 14:15 Myelin plasticity and sleep-dependent memory consolidation  Yingshi Feng, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, University of Oxford
14:15 - 14:30 When are naturalistic events encoded to memory? Kevin Campion, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
14:30 - 14:45 A link between NMDAR hypofunction and neural disinhibition in the generation of cognitive deficits? Charlotte Taylor, University of Nottingham
14:45 - 15:00 Prefrontal Disinhibition Disrupts Reversal Learning Jacco Renstrom, University of Nottingham
15:00 - 15:15 The Scent of A Worm: Learning and Memory Regulation in Caenorhabditis elegans Spatika Jayaram, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
15:15 END OF DAY 2  


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