Speaker: Professor Karen Thorpe and Associate Professor Sally Staton
Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland


Title: How do environments build brains?: Strategies in developmental science


Abstract: The first 5 years coincide with the most critical time in human synapse formation.  This process is entrained by early experiences, that potentiate a child’s ongoing trajectories of health, learning and behaviour.  To identify which experiences promote or limit optimal development  (and inform associated policy and practice) the Thorpe Lab utilises the “natural laboratory” of childcare settings and the “natural experiments” of transitions to understand how early social and physical environments impact developmental trajectories  into adulthood. In this presentation we talk about the measurement technologies, project designs and data techniques we apply in the complexity of developmental science.


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. 


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