speakers 2022

We are happy to announce our speakers for NeNa 2022!

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Michael Brecht

The Biology of Grasping in Elephants

About the Speaker:

Michael Brecht’s group is active in the field of cellular and systems neuroscience with the following major areas: animal play, active touch and object recognition, social and sexual touch, cortical organization, cellular basis of sensations and movement generation, hippocampal and parahippocampal activity linked to spatial navigation.
The group works on the meaning of single neuron activity, cellular mechanisms of complex somatosensory-mediated behaviors, spatial representations and social representations in forebrain.

Michael Brecht’s website

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Ruben Portugues

“Internal Representations of Space and Gradient Navigation in Larval Zebrafish”

About the Speaker:

Ruben Portugues is interested in how the brain encodes representations of the external world and how these representations are used to select motor actions and modify behavior in larval zebrafish. His group uses functional calcium imaging and electrophysiology to monitor the activity of neurons in the brain as animals perform a variety of tasks. These experiments are able to record the activity of almost all 100.000 neurons in the brain of these small vertebrates. In addition, he utilizes modeling and computational approaches to understand this data and generate biological hypothesis that can be tested using ablations and optogenetic manipulations.

Reuben Portugues’ website

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You can also check out our previous years’ speakers here.