A/Professor Lucy M. Palmer,
Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellow 
Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne

Title: ""Dynamic activity in cortical dendrites during learning"

One of the great mysteries of neuroscience is how learning alters brain function. Learning can result in memories which can last a lifetime and involve significant changes to the structure and function at the dendritic site of synaptic input. Although it defines us, our knowledge about how, and where, learning occurs is still in its infancy. Therefore, our ability to help patients suffering from debilitating diseases with perturbed learning is compromised. Since they are the site of synaptic input, dendrites, and the spines that reside on them, provide an ideal substrate for the dynamic encoding of information required during learning. Here, I will discuss recent results from my laboratory which investigates the changes in dendritic activity that occur in cortical neurons during learning of a sensory-association task. Using two-photon calcium imaging, we recorded the calcium activity in tracked dendrites from layer 2/3 pyramidal neurons throughout learning. The results from this study illustrate individual dendrites are dynamic, and undergo significant changes in sensory and behavioural-encoding throughout learning. 


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