GCU to host Glasgow Neuroscience Day 2015

14 January 2015

GCU's Professor Anita Simmers has organised the one-day event

GCU's Professor Anita Simmers has organised the one-day event

Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) School of Health and Life Sciences will host Glasgow Neuroscience Day 2015 on Friday, January 16.

Organised by Professor Anita Simmers, Professor in Vision Sciences in the Department of Life Sciences, the one-day event will bring together clinicians, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

Professor Trevor Robbins, Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, will give a keynote lecture. Professor Robbins was awarded the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize – the ‘Brain Prize’ 2014 – which recognises and rewards outstanding contributions to European neuroscience.

Other speakers will include Professor Sameer Zuberi of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, who will present on ‘Next generation phenotyping and sequencing the future of epilepsy genetics’, and Dr Amand Hahn of University of Glasgow, who will speak on ‘Hormonal regulation of responses to infant cuteness’.

GCU’s Professor Gunter Loffler will discuss ‘Mid-level visual processing in normal and clinical populations’.

Professor Judith Pratt, University of Strathclyde, will explore ‘Advancing drug discovery for mental health – does systems neuroscience hold the key?’.

Glasgow Neuroscience is an academic and clinical community which aims to stimulate and improve neuroscience across Glasgow. A joint initiative between GCU, Strathclyde University, University of Glasgow and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, it aims to foster collaboration across the institutions and to provide a forum for discussion.

Professor Simmers said: “The School of Health and Life Sciences is looking forward to welcoming Glasgow’s neuroscience community to the University.“The annual event is an opportunity for clinicians, researchers and students to come together to share ideas and research findings, and to explore developments in the field of neuroscience.”