The UQ Neuroscience Symposium will showcase breakthrough discoveries at The University of Queensland in the areas of:

  • Fundamental Neuroscience
  • New Frontiers in Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neuroscience

Register and submit your abstract for poster / oral presentation by 12 September 2022.

For EMCRs - selected abstract for oral presentations. 

Prizes will be awarded for best poster / oral presentations.

A networking event will be hosted at the end of the first day of the symposium. All attendees are welcome. Canapes and drinks will be provided. 



Keynote Speakers

Professor Marina Mikhaylova

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Professor Terence O'Brien

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Monday 26 September

9am – 9:20amArrival and coffee
9:20am – 9:30am

Prof Pankaj Sah

9:30am – 10:30amProf Marina Mikhaylova (Berlin)
Synaptic control of organelle localisation: focus on the endoplasmic reticulum
Chair: Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri
10:30am – 11:00amMorning Tea
Discovery Neuroscience
11am – 12:40pm

15+5 min talks  
Chair: Prof Massimo Hilliard


Prof Barry Dickson (QBI)
Rapid reconstruction of neural circuits with synaptic resolution and molecular contrast

Dr Laura Fenlon (SBMS) 
How can the timing of developmental processes shape cortical formation and evolution?

Prof Stefan Thor (SBMS)
Decoding the development of the mammalian hypothalamus

Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri (Mater/QBI) 
Reprogramming stress-sensitive adult-born neurons to promote resilience

Abigail Shaughnessy (EMCR)
Short-term plasticity of the clownfish visual system in response to anthropogenic changes to the light environment

12:40pm – 2pmLunch + Posters
New Frontiers in Neuroscience 
2pm – 3pm

15+5 min talks  
Chair: Prof Helen Cooper


Dr Philip Mosley (FoM)
Deep brain stimulation of an amygdala-frontal network for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder

Dr Matilde Balbi (QBI)
A multimodal approach to assess activity-dependent neuroprotection after stroke

Dr Gabriela-Oana Bodea (EMCR)
L1 retrotransposon activity is integral to the transcriptional program of PV+ interneurons 

3pm - 3:30pmAfternoon Tea
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Speakers (Session 3 continued)

Dr Merja Joensuu (AIBN) 
BoNT/A targets Synaptotagmin 1-ganglioside-SV2 complex for synaptic vesicle entry and neurointoxication

A/Prof Jake Gratten (Mater) 
Spatial transcriptomics of stress-induced anxiety and anti-depressant response

Dr Wei-Siang Liau (EMCR)
Activity of long noncoding RNA at the synapse is required for fear extinction memory

4:30pm - 6:30pmDrinks, canapes & networking


Tuesday 27 September

9am – 10am

Prof Terence O’Brien (Monash)    
Epilepsy and Pregnancy: optimising outcomes for mums and bubs

Chair: Prof Elizabeth Coulson

10am – 10:30amMorning Tea
From Preclinical Research to Human Biology: Translating Discoveries
10:30am – 12:10pm

15+5 min talks  
Chair: Prof Juergen Goetz 


Prof Stephen Williams (QBI)
Electrical excitability of human neocortical neurons

Prof Trent Woodruff (SBMS) 
Therapeutic development of an immune-targeted drug for neurodegenerative disease

Dr Tara Walker (QBI) 
Selenium mediates exercise-induced adult neurogenesis and reverses learning deficits induced by hippocampal injury and ageing

Dr Adam Walker (QBI) 
Identifying new targets for neurodegenerative disease treatment

Matthew Kenna (EMCR) 
Harnessing new approaches to reveal the neural circuitry of memory

12:15pm – 1:30pm  Lunch + Posters 
Clinical Neuroscience 
1:30pm – 2:30pm

15+5 min talks  
Chair: Prof Jason Mattingley


Prof David Reutens (CAI)
MRI and tissue microstructure

Prof Gail Robinson (QBI/Psychology)
Cognition and behaviour in the acute stage post-stroke

Prof Peter Nestor (QBI/Mater)
Studying humans with degenerative dementias

2:30pm – 3pmAfternoon Tea
Biomedical-Clinical Partnership: Shaping Translational Neuroscience
3pm – 3:50pm

20+5 min talks  
Chair: Prof Peter Nestor


A/Prof Lata Vadlamudi (UQCCR) / Prof Ernst Wolvetang (AIBN) 
Personalising Epilepsy Regimes with Stem cells and artificial Intelligence models for Superior Treatment outcomes. (PERSIST mission)

A/Prof Shyuan Ngo (AIBN) / Prof Pamela McCombe (UQCCR)
Bench to bedside and back again

3:55pm – 4:40pm 

Vision for UQ Neuroscience – A Panel Discussion
Chair: Prof Elizabeth Coulson 


  • Prof Pankaj Sah
  • Prof Pamela McCombe
  • Prof Maher Gandhi
  • A/Prof Nadeeka Dissanayaka
  • Dr Craig Belcher
  • Dr Cameron Turner


 Concluding Remarks + Oral/Poster Prizes


Supported by

Queensland Brain Institute
Faculty of Medicine
School of Biomedical Sciences 
Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR)
Mater Research


Queensland Brain Institute
Level 7 Auditorium