ADNF Symposium III - Thursday 26 November, 9am - 11am AEDT - 4 amazing talks

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1-"Make do and make new: Fast tracking neural repair using precursor neurons" with Dr Jan Kaslin, The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute.

The Kaslin group focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control cellular plasticity in the intact and injured vertebrate brain. Neural stem cells and brain regeneration have been mostly studied in vertebrates (such as rodents) that have very limited regenerative potential. In contrast, Dr Kaslin has found that zebrafish are able to regenerate parts of their brain and spinal cord even as adults. The zebrafish model is amenable to genetic and chemical screens, and in vivo imaging of cells in the intact animal. Dr Kaslin can tackle research questions in the zebrafish that cannot be answered using mammalian models.

2-"Using environmental enrichment to unharness an endogenous mechanism that prunes miswired neural projections" with A/Prof Cathy Leamey (U. Sydney).

A/Prof Leamey has a long-standing research focus in the development of sensory pathways. With her team she discovered key roles for the Ten-m family in the generation of functional binocular circuits and is now using these models to uncover interactions between genes and experience in sculpting neural circuitry.

3-"Centrosomal mechanisms in mammalian forebrain development" with Dominic Ng, Associate Professor at the School of Biomedical Science, UQ who leads a research program on the molecular control of tissue growth with a specific focus on kinase regulation and function. His recent publications, and topic of this presentation, have described the molecular regulation and function of a centrosome-associated microcephaly protein (MCPH2) in neural stem cells and how this is involved in embryonic brain growth. 

4- "Interesting patients and interesting mutations: novel insights into brain development" by A/Prof Louise Bicknell (Uni Otago).

Louise completed her PhD with Professor Stephen Robertson, University in Otago (2007), examining the genetic contributors to joint dislocation in children. She undertook a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Andrew Jackson, University of Edinburgh (2008-2015), the last three years of which were personally supported by Medical Research Scotland. This research focused on characterising novel causes of microcephalic primordial dwarfism, a rare genetic disorder of extreme global growth failure. Amongst her successes, she has successfully identified eight novel genes underlying Meier-Gorlin syndrome, a disorder of short stature, small ears, and absent kneecaps (Bicknell et al., 2011a, Nature Genetics; Bicknell et al., 2011b, Nature Genetics) and has continued this interest at Otago, as well as expanding her research interests to the genetics of microcephaly (reduced brain size). Louise was an inaugural awardee of a 2020 HRC Consolidator Grant, and in 2020 was jointly awarded the Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal, which recognises the outstanding research performance of early career staff at the University of Otago. She has recently received a Marsden Grant to focus on a novel set of genes underlying a neurodevelopmental disorder.

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December PhD/ECR seminar blitz, December 8th(9AM AEST): ADNF symposium series – be a listener and a story teller! 

We are looking for speakers for an ADNF PhD/ECR seminar blitz, held on December 8th.  This event is open to Australian as well as international speakers that are PhD students near the completion of their theses and ECRs (1-3yrs as a postdoc), and we are pleased to let you know that we have already secured several abstracts for the event!  

And so, if you are interested to participate or know someone that is keen, please register through our ADNF website and provide (i) your name; (ii) the name of your host lab and PhD/postdoc supervisor; (iii) the title of your talk; (iv) a brief <100 word abstract.

Most of you will be aware that ADNF seminars are recorded unless we are instructed not to.  These videos are published online as time-stamped YouTube presentations as weblinks sent to our registrants.  You might even want to mention your recorded seminar on your CV to demonstrate that you have given a talk at our international event.  We think this kind of exposure could help ECRs secure a job in an increasingly competitive job market.

Thank you for participating and we look forward to providing more details for this event in due course!

Please register and send us the following details: 


 Name of Speaker: 

Contributing authors: (typically your supervisor(s) and/or collaborator(s)) 

Seminar title: 

Abstract: (eg cut and paste an abstract from your recent poster/preprint/recently published work) 

This event is sponsored by BioLegend and we have 5 prizes (eVouchers for 2xPhD, 2xECR and 1xCritic's Choice) for the best presentations!

Hello, are you interested in developmental neuroscience research? If YES, then we welcome you to sign up for virtual events in the upcoming ANS Developmental Neuroscience Forum (ADNF) below!

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Who we are

We are members of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), with an interest in developmental neuroscience. Our mission is to provide year-long engagement for our colleagues all over the world.

What we do

(i) monthly virtual symposia (4 speakers over a 2h session) comprising national and international speakers, and with gender and equity targets;

(ii) hold regular morning/afternoon teas, depending on where you are in Australasia/the World;

(iii) provide peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and panel discussions.

How to participate

Sign up below to join our mailing list for full details of presentations and speakers. We also encourage members to nominate speakers for this series, or even nominate yourself to speak about one of your exciting projects which you have published as a pre-print, or recently online.

Join the ADNF, as audience member as well as speaker!

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Best wishes,
The ADNF team 
(Julian Heng, Nathalie Dehorter, Michael Piper, Kelly Glendining)