Professor Christopher Dayas
School of Biomedical Science and Pharmacy
The University of Newcastle, NSW 

Title: "Subcortical control of motivated behaviour"


Our work is focused on understanding how hypothalamic peptide systems promote and sustain reward seeking behaviour under stress and after drug exposure.
We are interested in understanding the molecular and cellular challenges that promote these changes and how these adaptations might precipitate the development of disorders of motivation. These studies identified a number of key adaptations onto lateral hypothalamic circuits, including those expressing orexin, and their possible projections to ‘traditional’ parts of the reward circuit. More recent work has started to explore how hypothalamic circuits engage with brain regions involved in decision making as well as the molecular adaptations responsible for the transition to inflexible behavioural responding.

About Neuroscience Seminars

Neuroscience seminars at the QBI play a major role in the advancement of neuroscience in the Asia-Pacific region. The primary goal of these seminars is to promote excellence in neuroscience through the exchange of ideas, establishing new collaborations and augmenting partnerships already in place.

Seminars in the QBI Auditorium on Level 7 are held on Wednesdays at 12-1pm, which are sometimes simulcast on Zoom (with approval from the speaker). We also occassionally hold seminars from international speakers via Zoom. The days and times of these seminars will vary depending on the time zone of the speaker. Please see each seminar listed below for details. 


Neuroscience Seminars archive 2005-2018