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Webinar: The recruitment of spatial cells in large-scale space & an AI approach to neural discovery

18 June 2020

The fourth in the COVID-19 webinars hosted by the Bristol Neuroscience Research Network welcomed Professor Caswell Barry from University College London.

On 17 June 2020 Bristol Neuroscience welcomed Prof Caswell Barry, Professorial Research Fellow, Cell & Developmental Biology, Division of Biosciences, University College London. He and his team are trying to understand how the brain works - how it creates that experience of being human, and more specifically, how the brain creates, stores, and updates memories for places and events. They are trying to answer this is by studying areas of the brain linked to memory, the hippocampus and associated sections of cortex – by recording the activity of neurons in these areas we can visualise and hopefully understand the processes the trigger memory formation and retrieval. 

Prof. Barry joined UCL’s Cell and Developmental Biology department in 2013, previously being based at the Institute of Neurology with Prof. Neil Burgess. His goal is to build a computational understanding of the neural basis of memory. In other words, explaining how a network of neurons in able to store, update, and retrieve information about the world and events that happen within it. To this end he studies spatial memory and its representation in the hippocampal formation. His lab uses tools such as computational modeling and optogenetic manipulations to understand how the processes of memory formation and retrieval are triggered. In addition to a UCL Excellence Fellowship, Caswell has also been awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society.

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Further information

The last webinar for this academic year will be given by Dr Kirtsy Sedgman in the School of Arts, University of Bristol. Entitled How To Be Together (Even When We're Apart): On the Live Digital Audience, Kirstywill talk about the social effects of what it means to be together in public spaces and how audiences can still enjoy shared live experiences digitally. See full details of the talk taking place on 29 June 2020 at 2pm and details of how to join on

Bristol Neuroscience is supported by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. Nuturing Research. Improving Health.

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