SONA (Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association) meeting

8 05 2015

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Maria, Mike and I went to the Southern Ontario Neuroscience meeting last week (held at McMaster this year), a first for all of us. Maria and I presented posters (mine below).

Joshua Gordon gave the keynote. He spoke on working memory, and how it’s affected by disruptions of hippocampal-prefrontal synchrony. This involved some incredibly clever turning on and off of neurons by mean of opsins and light-conducting filaments that were used as switches. His lab’s work’s come out in Nature (more than once) and is impressive, but I felt it was spoiled by a very strained alleged application to schizophrenia. Indeed that was my feeling about the whole meeting: because the main source of $$ relates to clinical application, everyone seems to be pretending that all their work yields profound insights into mental health. For example, apparently marble-burying in mice is a symptom of autism. Yeah, right.

Anyway, it was interesting, and though silly to travel an hour to do this, very nice catching up with UoG’s very own Elena Choleris and Craig Bailey.

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