Brain Sciences UNSW Symposium 2014

17 October 2014 - 8:30am – 17 October 2014 - 6:00pm  |  Leighton Hall, The John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington Campus

The annual Brain Sciences UNSW Symposium will be held on 17 October 2014 in Leighton Hall, The John Niland Scientia Building at The University of New South Wales.  The theme for the 9th annual Symposium is Brain Health Complexity: molecules to systems and will include presentations from invited speakers from Scotland and from other institutions in Sydney and Melbourne together with leading researchers from Brain Sciences UNSW.  Dr Jonathan Cavanagh, from the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, will be giving the keynote address.  Dr Cavanagh has a strong research interest on the role of cytokine and chemokine biology in the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders with a current focus on the mechanisms linking peripheral immune systems to brain responses.

There has been an explosion of information indicating that our complex brains interact with complex body systems within an increasingly complex world, and that each of these levels can impact significantly on our health. In 2009 neuroproteomics dominated thinking about the brain and its health, but the complexity of the molecular landscape that internally shapes brain structure and function is now known to be significantly more diverse. In addition, objective measures show that peripheral systems in the body, like peripheral inflammation, can also shape our brain structure and function by initiating region specific brain changes that persist and accelerate dysfunction and disease. In addition to the levels of internal complexities that shape our brain, how we interact with the world in general also profoundly impacts on brain function, and large data systems are being applied to brain studies linking "Brain Informatics" with "Health Informatics". These new big data systems can independently recognise brain dysfunction, and factors impacting to cause brain dysfunction, sometimes better than expert clinicians. This year, the Brain Sciences UNSW Symposium will provide an opportunity to hear Australian and International experts discuss new ways of looking at brain health complexity, from new concepts of brain structure and function, to new thinking about the impact of bodily systems on the brain, to enabling large computer datasets to identify critical environmental, social and other factors that impact on brain health.

The closing address will be given by Ita Buttrose AO, OBE, Australian of the Year 2013 and advocate for dementia research.

The invitation to attend is open to anyone with an interest in the brain sciences and neuroscience and you are welcome to extend an invitation to others who may be interested e.g. researchers from other organisations; students.  Registration fee for delegates is $90; registration fee for students (PhD, Masters, Undergraduate) is $50 (talk to your supervisor!).  Seating is limited and registrations will close when capacity is reached.

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Poster Presentation: Postgraduate students and Postdoctoral fellows.  Abstract submissions close Thursday 17 July 5 pm.  It is essential to register before submitting an abstract.