Upcoming Conferences and Courses

Upcoming Conferences and Courses

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 Brisbane Pain Research: Multidisciplinary Perspectives & Therapeutics, 7 December 2018

Abstract submissions are open for the first Brisbane-wide whole-day multidisciplinary pain research symposium to be held on Friday 7 December at the Queensland Bioscience Precinct Auditorium, hosted by the IMB Centre for Pain Research.

This free all-day symposium is open to all members of the community with an interest in advancing pain research and treatments. Postgraduate research candidates (Hons, Masters, PhD), early career researchers (ECRs) and clinicians are particularly encouraged to submit an abstract for the symposium. Generous prizes for the Best Posters and Best Punchy Poster Talks will be available!

This student-led event brings together pain research groups from different disciplines across Brisbane and provides a platform for researchers at all career stages to showcase their work alongside leading national and international speakers in the field.

Registration (free), abstract submissions and more info is at https://bit.ly/BrisPain2018


Dr Chris Towne: Senior Director of Gene Therapy at Circuit Therapeutics (USA)

Light- and sound-activated gene therapy for non-invasive clinical neuromodulation’

A/Prof. Paul Gray: Director of the Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain Centre,

Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Metro North Hospital & Health Service

Clinical pain research: The need and the challenges

Our aim is to stimulate scientific discussion, collaboration and ongoing engagement to advance pain research and treatments with all sectors of the community, i.e., basic and clinical pain researchers, people living with pain-related conditions, medical practitioners and allied health professionals, academics and hospital administrators, industry representatives, government health agencies & regulatory bodies, people caring for those living with pain-related conditions, and community support groups.

Undergraduate students and members of the general public are very welcome to attend.

Enquiries:  Dr Trung Ngo (email: Trung. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

(Mater Research Institute-UQ, University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine & Translational Research Institute)


NeuroEng 2018, Sydney, 27-29 November 2018

Registration is now open for the 11th Australasian Workshop on Neuro-Engineering and Computational Neuroscience, to be hosted at Sydney University from 27th–29th November, 2018.

We have four confirmed international speakers: Gustavo Deco (large-scale brain modeling), Sophie Deneve (learning, plasticity, and neural coding), Alain Destexhe (cortical microcircuit models), and Feng Jianfeng (systems neuroscience and cognition).
We also have the following invited national speakers: Michael Breakspear, Anthony Burkitt, Marta Garrido, Geoffrey Goodhill, Tara Hamilton, and Tatiana Kameneva.

Conference information, register and submit your abstractAbstract submission and early bird registration end 31 August 2018.

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney at the end of November!!


Australasian Auditory Neuroscience Workshop, Brisbane, 1 December 2018

The first meeting of AANW was convened in Melbourne in 2004. The one day workshop has traditionally been held in conjunction with the annual Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) Conference. Since its beginning, the meeting has grown and is now attended by researchers from across Australia, New Zealand and the globe.

The meeting is a great opportunity to gather and discuss new scientific developments in the field of auditory neuroscience. In particular, the meeting aims to provide emerging researchers – honours, doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees – a friendly forum in which to present their work and receive constructive feedback from senior scientists in the field. In order to facilitate participation of students, the registration cost is kept lo ($40)

Date of workshop: 1 December 2018.

The keynote speaker is: 
Dr. Zhiyong Liu, Institute of Neuroscience
Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Provisional Title: Mouse models of Hearing Loss 

For further information, online registration and abstract submission, see the workshop website

We look forward to welcoming you to the 16th AANW in Brisbane!



Neurons, Synapses & Circuits Symposium, Manly on August 16-18, 2018

Understanding how neuronal activity and synaptic function produce and are shaped by behaviour is a fundamental goal of neuroscience. Similarly, improved treatments for mental and neurological disorders will rely on gaining a better appreciation for how the brain coordinates activity across synaptic, circuit and system scales. This short conference brings together academic, industry and clinical leaders to discuss the latest advances in these areas. Speaker will include:

• David Bredt Johnson and Johnson
• Rick Huganir Johns Hopkins University
• Julie Kauer Brown University
• Anatol Kreitzer University of California, San Francisco
• Diane Lipscombe Brown University
• Rob Malenka Stanford University
• Stephen Maren Texas A&M
• Chris McBain NIH
• Katherine Roche NIH
• Bernardo Sabatini Harvard University
• Morgan Sheng Genentech
• Shengtao Hou Southern University of Science and Technology
• Andres Villu Maricq University of Utah
• Liping Wang Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology

Registration costs $200 and includes a buffet dinner on Friday August 17.

Abstract submissions are encouraged prior to the deadline of July 15. A small number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentation (15 minutes each).

More details: https://qbi.uq.edu.au/event/6723/neurons-synapses-circuits-function-disease



Crowne Plaza Hotel Coogee, Sydney Australia

26-28 November 2018

This is the first international meeting to cover this critical topic.  Motor Impairment cuts across many diseases and conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal injury and healthy ageing.

We have a fantastic group of leading international researchers who will tell us about their work and how it relates to Motor Impairment.  There will be time for oral and poster presentations (read more about submitting your abstract).  The 2.5 day meeting will be held in Coogee, a stunning beachside location in Sydney.

The goal is to better understand the pathophysiology of Motor Impairment, to implement interventions, and to drive enhanced clinical practice.  Much is still unknown about fundamental mechanisms of Motor Impairment, and about its prevention and treatment.


Call for Abstracts closes:  31 May 2018

Early Bird registration deadline:  Midnight 30 June 2018 (AEST)

For more details visit the First International Motor Impairment Conference website.


Mason Foundation ME CFS Biobank Survey

The Mason Foundation is a charitable trust that supports medical and scientific research on myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). The Mason Foundation has engaged the Nous Group (Nous) to investigate the viability of establishing an ME/CFS biobank in Australia. The purpose of this project is to assist the Mason Foundation to make a decision on whether it should fund the establishment of a ME/CFS biobank. If the Mason Foundation does decide to fund a biobank, it would continue to contribute some funds towards its existing ME/CFS research grants program.

Nous is conducting a short survey of researchers to inform the assessment of potential demand for an ME/CFS biobank in Australia.

As a member of the Australian Neuroscience Society, we would be grateful if you could respond to this short survey via this link.

Please also feel free to forward this survey to other researchers you know that are working in ME/CFS or related fields.

The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Please complete at your earliest convenience. Responses are confidential and Nous will not attribute any responses to individuals.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Holly Norrie (Nous Group) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on (02) 8281 8054.


2nd World Congress on Neurology and Brain Disorders 

This conference will take place from 8-9, November, 2018 with a theme: "Speaking Technological Advances in Neurology and Current Research in Handling Brain Disorders for Supporting Patients, Families and Society".

conference website


11th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias (ICFTD2018)

11 – 14 November 2018 at the International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia.

Research on Frontotemporal Dementia and related conditions undertaken in Australia is internationally recognised. In the past 15 years, Australian researchers have made significant contributions to the understanding of clinical, pathological and genetic aspects of dementias making Australia the ideal destination to host the ICFTD for the first time in the Southern hemisphere.

Additional information is also available on our conference website


Australian Functional Genomics - Register your interest!

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