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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Ion Channels as Organizers of Neuronal Signaling Domains

Seminar | December 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

James Trimmer, University of California, Davis, Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Writing Scientific Research Proposals

Workshop | December 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

In this workshop, we will explore techniques and best practices for writing a research proposal in the sciences and engineering, from the beginning (the specific aims/objectives) to the middle (the research design and methods) to the very end (supplementary documents). We will look at examples of successful proposals and discuss the different techniques that can be used to effectively present...   More >



Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Individual differences in brain development and plasticity - effects on learning

Colloquium | December 12 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

Allyson Mackey, University of Pennsylvania

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Dr. Allyson Mackey will discuss her research on understanding individual differences in brain development and plasticity, and the impact of these differences on learning and academic performance. She will present research linking socioeconomic status, which encompasses a broad set of childhood experiences, to the structure and function of cortex. She then will examine the impact of specific...   More >

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Neural circuit mechanisms underlying cognition in rats

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | January 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

Carlos Brody, Howard Hughes Medical Institute & Princeton University

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

I will describe studies of the neural bases of cognitive processes. Rodents, mostly rats, are trained to perform behaviors that lend themselves to quantitative modeling that can help identify and assess specific cognitive processes, such as decision-making, short-term memory, planning, and executive control. With these well-quantified behaviors in hand, we then use electrophysiological...   More >

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Representation Learning and Exploration in RL

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | January 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

John Co-Reyes, UC Berkeley

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Sparse reward and long horizon tasks are among the most interesting yet challenging problems to solve in reinforcement learning. I will discuss recent work leveraging representation learning to tackle these sets of problems. We present a novel model which learns a latent representation of low-level skills by embedding trajectories with a variational autoencoder. Skills are learned in an...   More >

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ubiquitin and the Endolysosomal Pathway at CNS synapses

Seminar | January 31 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

Patrick Gentry , University of California, San Diego

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Monday, February 4, 2019

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | February 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Michael Telias, Postdoc in Richard Kramer's Lab; Joseph Leffler, PhD Candidate

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Michael Telias's Abstract
Retinoic acid is the trigger for neural hyperactivity in retinal degeneration and
blocking its receptor unmasks light responses and augments vision

Light responses are initiated in photoreceptors, processed by interneurons, and synaptically transmitted to retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), which send information to the brain. Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a blinding...   More >

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dynamic Neural Fields: the embodiment of neural computation

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | February 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Yulia Sandamirskaya, Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Activity of neuronal populations in several cortical regions can be described by a Dynamic Neural Field (DNF) equation. A DNF is a continuous in time and in space activation function defined over a metric space spanned over perceptual (e.g., color, retinal location, orientation) or motor (e.g., orientation of the head, direction of movement) dimensions, in which neurons in the underlying...   More >

Clinical Science Colloquium

Colloquium | February 5 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

Amit Etkin MD PhD

Department of Psychology

Over the past two decades, neuroimaging studies have defined a set of distributed brain systems that contribute to cognition, emotion, mood and other mental processes. Perturbations in these circuits have been identified in different ways across psychiatric disorders. The challenge ahead of us is how to use these insights to: 1) understand the nature of neural circuit deficits in mental illnesses...   More >

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Computer Vision Beyond Recognition

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Stella Yu, UC Berkeley

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Computer vision has advanced rapidly with deep learning, achieving super-human performance on a few recognition benchmarks. At the core of the state-of-the-art approaches for image classification, object detection, and semantic/instance segmentation is sliding-window classification, engineered for computational efficiency. Such piecemeal analysis of visual perception often has trouble getting...   More >

Monday, February 11, 2019

Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | February 11 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Kelly Byrne, Silver Lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Perceptual Learning in Support of Language: Insights from Infants and Cochlear Implantees

Seminar: Psychology Seminar | February 11 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102

Heather Bortfeld, Ph.D., Professor, Psychological Sciences, University of California, Merced

Department of Psychology

Cochlear implants improve the ability of profoundly deaf children to understand speech by allowing a way for sound to be transmitted to the brain despite the lack of a working conduction system in the inner ear. Much of what we know about the course of auditory learning following cochlear implantation in young children is based on behavioral indicators that they are able to perceive sound....   More >

Testing the role of the basal ganglia in choice

Colloquium | February 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

Linda Wilbrecht, Psychology

Department of Psychology

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Sensory Biology of Electroreception

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

**Duncan Leitch**, University of California, San Franciso

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

CTRL-labs: Non-Invasive Neural Interfaces for Human Augmentation

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | February 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Patrick Kaifosh, PhD, CSO & Co-Founder, CTRL-labs

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

As the nervous system's evolved output, spinal motor neuron activity is from an evolutionary perspective a natural source of signals for a neural interface. Furthermore, the amplification of these signals by muscle fibers allows them to be measured non-invasively with surface electromyography (sEMG). CTRL-labs has developed a wireless wearable system that records state-of-the-art sEMG signals...   More >

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Investigations into the neuropsychology of face perception

Colloquium | February 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

Brad Duchaine, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

I'll discuss two topics in my presentation. First, I'll provide an overview of previous studies examining the cognitive and neural basis of developmental prosopagnosia (DP), and then I'll discuss a recent fMRI study from my lab that assessed 26 category-selective areas in a relatively large sample of DPs. Our results revealed that face selectivity was reduced across the face network in the DPs...   More >

Church Encoding as the link between Cognition and Neuroscience

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | February 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Steve Piantadosi, Dept. of Psychology, UC Berkeley

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

I’ll present an approach from mathematical logic which shows how sub-symbolic dynamics may give rise to higher-level cognitive representations of structures, systems of knowledge, and algorithmic processes. This approach posits that learners posses a system for expressing isomorphisms with which they create mental models with arbitrary dynamics. The theory formalizes one account of how novel...   More >

Alternative Splicing Choices for Synaptic Function

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

**Andrea Gomez**, Biozentrum, University of Basel

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Statistics on Shape Data: Correcting an Asymptotic Bias in Template Shape Estimation

Seminar | February 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

Nina Miolane, Stanford University

Department of Statistics

Computational Anatomy aims to model and analyze healthy and pathological distributions of organ shapes. We are interested in the computational representation of the brain anatomy using brain MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). How can we define the notion of brain shapes and how can we learn their distribution in the population? Landmarks’ shapes, curve shapes or surface shapes can be seen as the...   More >

Monday, February 25, 2019

What do language disorders reveal about the brain? From classic models to network approaches

Colloquium | February 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

Nina Dronkers, Psychology

Department of Psychology

Past approaches to the study of language and the brain have focused largely on the contributions of Broca's and Wernicke's areas. By using advanced neuroimaging techniques with individuals who have aphasia, we have now learned that language is an extraordinarily complex system that requires an extensive and interactive network of brain regions to sustain it. We have also learned that an intricate...   More >

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

ICBS Seminar

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | February 27 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

Zach Pardos, Graduate School of Education and School of Information; Stella Yu, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, EECS

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The Mind in Big Data, Zach Pardos

Learning with Minimal Human Supervision, Stella Yu

Monday, March 11, 2019

Aging, Memory and Alzheimer’s disease

Colloquium | March 11 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

William Jagust, Psychology

Department of Psychology

It has long been known that older individuals often experience decline in their episodic memory abilities. Within the past decade, new approaches have revealed the frequent presence of the aggregated proteins beta-amyloid and tau in the brains of cognitively normal older people. These proteins are also associated with Alzheimer’s disease. By imaging these proteins in normal older people, and...   More >

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

ICBS Seminar

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | March 13 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 1217 Berkeley Way West

Steve Piantadosi, Dept of Psychology; Terry Deacon, Dept of Anthropology

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Number learning in the Bolivian Amazon, Steve Piantadosi

Patterns of early embryonic brain development in mammals, Terry Deacon

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Biology as information dynamics

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | March 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

John Baez, UC Berkeley

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

If biology is the study of self-replicating entities, and we want to understand the role of information, it makes sense to see how information theory is connected to the ‘replicator equation’ — a simple model of population dynamics for self-replicating entities. The relevant concept of information turns out to be the information of one probability distribution relative to another, also known as...   More >

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

ICBS Special Event: The Neural Basis of Attention

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | March 22 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Festschrift in Honor of Bob Rafal

Full schedule will be provided in future.

Neuroscience Student Seminar Series

Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center | Note change in date and time

Earl Miller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Working Memory 2.0

Seminar: Neuroscience Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

Earl K. Miller, Picower Professor of Neuroscience, MIT

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Working memory is the fundamental function by which we break free from reflexive input-output reactions to gain control over our own thoughts. It has two types of mechanisms: online maintenance of information and its volitional or executive control. Classic models proposed persistent spiking for maintenance but have not explicitly addressed executive control. I will review recent theoretical and...   More >

Monday, April 8, 2019

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | April 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

Indira Raman, Northwestern University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Friday, April 12, 2019

3D Human Brain Models and Nanoplatforms for Prognostics and Therapeutics of Neurological Disorders: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 12 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

Prof. Hansang Cho, Univ of North Carolina, Charlotte / Biomedical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia. However, no definitive cure for AD exists due to lack of limited model systems that accurately reflect AD-related immunity in human brains, nor for a drug development strategy for delivery across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and assessment of drug efficacy in human brains.

Here, I present micro-scaled 3D environments that...   More >

Monday, April 22, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | April 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

Michael Higley, Yale University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | May 2 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

Doris Tsao, Caltech

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

ICBS Seminar

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | May 8 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 1217 Berkeley Way West

Anca Dragon, EECS; Emily Cooper, Vis Science

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Optimal Robot Action for and around People, Anca Dragon

3D Vision in Natural Environments, Emily Cooper