Melbourne Brain Symposium

The Melbourne Brain Symposium 2016 took place on Thursday 13 October and featured an esteemed program of local and international speakers.

The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute, University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health share a proud history of hosting the annual Melbourne Brain Symposium.

In this, the fifth anniversary of our occupancy of the Kenneth Myer Building, we paid tribute to the remarkable breadth of neuroscience focused research happening here and internationally. We owe a great deal of gratitude to our speakers, and would like to, formally thank Mu-ming Poo, Carolyn Sue, Matias Maturana, Linda Richards, Mark Cook and Read Montague for their contributions to what should be an excellent scientific program.

Symposium speakers

This year, we also established the Mendelsohn Student Lecture in honour of Frederick Mendelsohn, AO FAA, Emeritus Professor of the University of Melbourne and past Director of the Howard Florey Institute and R Douglas Wright Professor of Experimental Physiology and Medicine from 1997 to 2009. Professor Mendelsohn held a Personal Chair in Medicine at the University of Melbourne until 1996 and during this time was the Scientific Director of the Positron Emission Tomography Centre, Austin Hospital.

The purpose of this prestigious award is to recognise and honour an outstanding student in the Neurosciences, and provide them with the platform to deliver a lecture to communicate the outcomes of their graduate research to the Neuroscience community, alongside presentations delivered by some of the most eminent scientists, internationally, and from within Australia.

Congratulations to our finalists:

First: Mr Matias Maturana (Next generation bionic eye: identifying patient-specific spatiotemporal interactions in the retina.)

Second: Mr Dean Wright (Modulating glutamate dysfunction in Huntington’s disease using N-acetylcysteine)

Third: Mr Daniel Bennett (A need to know: Neural substrates of information seeking in decision making under uncertainty)

Event Recording

Part 1

Part 2