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Plenary Lecturers

International Plenary, Michael Häusser

Michael Häusser is Professor of Neuroscience at University College London and a Principal Research Fellow of the Wellcome Trust. He received his PhD from Oxford University under the supervision of Julian Jack. He subsequently worked with Nobel Laureate Bert Sakmann at the Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg and with Philippe Ascher at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. He established his own laboratory at UCL in 1997 and became Professor of Neuroscience in 2001. He is interested in understanding the cellular basis of neural computation in the mammalian brain using a combination of experiments and theory, with a special focus on the role of dendrites. His group has helped to pioneer several new optical approaches for probing the function of neural circuits in the intact brain. 

ANS Plenary, Massimo Hilliard

Associate Professor Massimo A. Hilliard received his PhD in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology in 2001 from the University of Naples, Italy, working under the supervision of Dr Paolo Bazzicalupo.  He then undertook postdoctoral training with Prof William Schafer at the University of California San Diego, and with Prof Cori Bargmann at the University of California San Francisco and The Rockefeller University.   In 2007, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, where he has established his independent laboratory.  He was subsequently awarded an ARC Future Fellowship, and in 2015 was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship.  During his career A/Prof Hilliard has focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate neuronal development, maintenance, and repair, using C. elegans as a model system.  His current research goals are to understand: i) how the axon develops and maintains its structure over the lifetime of the organism, and ii) how the axon can be repaired when damage occurs.  His laboratory has made a number of key discoveries in these research areas, including the axonal protective function of a conserved alpha tubulin acetyltransferase, the role of conserved apoptotic molecules in axonal clearance, and the identification of the molecular mechanisms that regulate axonal fusion, an axonal repair event in which the two separated fragments of an injured axon rejoin and reconstitute the original tract.  His research has been funded by the NIH, NHMRC, and ARC, and his discoveries have been published in top tier journals, including Nature and Science. 

Lawrie Austin Plenary, David Small

David Small is a Professorial Fellow at the Menzies Institute of Medical Research in Hobart, Tasmania.  He is well known internationally for his work in the field of Alzheimer’ disease.   Professor Small was born in 1956 in Hobart, Tasmania, but he grew up and received most of his early education in Canada.  He returned to Australia in late 1977 and did his PhD at the University of Melbourne, which he completed in 1981 under the guidance of Professor Patrick Carnegie.  After a period of 4 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA) working as a National Multiple Sclerosis Society (USA) fellow with Professor Richard J. Wurtman, he returned to Australia (Flinders University, Adelaide) in 1985.  He moved back to the University of Melbourne in 1986 where he took up a position as an NHMRC fellow.  He moved to Monash University in March 2003, and in 2008, he took up his present position at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research.  David Small has published almost 200 papers in refereed international journals on various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and brain function.  He has served in 3 different roles on ANS Council including that of Editor.  He has been twice Deputy Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurochemistry and has been a senior editor of Journal of Neuroscience Research and Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.  He has received more than 50 invitations to chair and speak at major international conferences.

Eccles Lecture, Jeffrey Rosenfeld 

Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld is Foundation Director, Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME); Senior neurosurgeon, Alfred Hospital; Adjunct Professor in Surgery at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, MD, USA and Honorary Professor in Neurosurgery, University of Papua New Guinea (PNG).  His current research interests are primarily traumatic brain injury and bionic vision. Professor Rosenfeld has enthusiastically championed the development and application of new medical technology and has had a major impact on the practice of neurosurgery globally.  

Announced Symposia

ANS are excited to announce the titles of confirmed Symposia:

  • Exploring the role of zinc in cognition 
  • Genetic dissection of hypothalamic neural networks 
  • Blood, inflammation and neurodegeneration 
  • Pathophysiology of the Blood-Labyrinth Barrier 
  • Connecting the Dots: Understanding integrative brain function 
  • Motor Cortex Excitability In Health and Disease 
  • Current research approaches in animal models relevant to schizophrenia 
  • Autism spectrum disorders: from human genetics to animal models 
  • The Next Generation of Brain Machine Interfaces 
  • Integrated approaches to treating pain and other diseases of the central nervous system: From tar-gets to circuits and beyond
  • Neurophysiology and neuropathology at the nanoscale 
  • The cytoskeleton: leading the way in development and disease 
  • Neuron-glial interactions and gliogenesis in the CNS 
  • Spinal cord injury: from the bench to the bedside 
  • Vision in invertebrates: Decision making models, neural mechanisms, and quantitative behavior Ion channels in pain and epilepsy-genetics, function and toxins 
  • Protectors or destroyers? Decoding the function of microglia in ageing and disease 
  • Development of the Enteric Nervous System: Past, Present & Future 
  • The exciting life of neuronal dendrites 
  • Cognitive Training & the Aged Brain: Mechanisms, Disease-Specific Efficacy and How to do it at Scale 
  • Traumatic brain injury and the development of neurodegenerative diseases
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Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function Symposium

Please click here for further informatinon on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function Symposium at the 36th Annual ANS Meeting.

International Invited Speakers

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