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Actual Analytics Sponsors Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar 2015
At the end of March, Cambridge Neuroscience held their 27th annual seminar, “The Making and Breaking of the Mind”. The event, held in the new MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, featured plenary lectures by Nobel Prize winners Professor John O’Keefe and Professor Edvard Moser. Actual Analytics was proud to be a sponsor of the event, which brought to light some fascinating innovations in the field of neuroscience.
There were some fantastic presentations at the seminar, and content from the event is now being made available as part of the Brain Chat collection of podcasts from the University of Cambridge. Some of the most ground-breaking content from the seminar is being discussed in this podcast, so it’s well worth following.
Among the most interesting presentations was a lecture by Professor Andrea Brand, titled “Nutritional Control of Neural Stem Cells”. She discussed the ways in which different nutrition-impacted substances, like insulin, can stimulate brain cell growth. This information was partly gleaned by studying drosophila and mice. Not only is her research interesting from a neuroscientific point of view, it also serves to illustrate new areas that we could explore with ActualHCA.
Another engrossing lecture came from a world leader in computational science, Professor Daniel Wolpert. He feels that movement is at the core of our reason for existing, and gave a presentation on “The Making and Breaking of the Sensorimotor Decisions”.
Professors Brand and Wolpert were interviewed for the first edition of the Brain Chat podcast, which also featured a discussion with Professors O’Keefe and Moser about the experience of winning a Nobel Prize.
It was a real privilege for Actual Analytics to sponsor this event, and we are very excited by some of the innovations and theories presented. Of particular interest were the exhibits outlining new technologies and developments in neuroscience. Included in this impressive group was information about a new imaging technique for examining the brain activity of babies at only two or three days old. Titled “Diffuse Optical Imagining of Resting State Functional Connectivity in Infants”, this exhibition described non-invasive technology that allows scientists to see the formation of neural patterns in children almost from birth. This could have tremendous potential for future research on everything from autism to behavioural issues. Primarily authored by Dr Chui Li, this exhibition is a great example of the kind of high-quality innovation that emerges every year at this event.