Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit
Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, LONDON, WC1N 3AR, UK, T: +44 (0) 20 7679 1176, F: +44 (0) 20 7679 1173
Theta Oscillations in the Brain: Neural Mechanisms and Functions
6-8 September 2004
By invitation only
Venue: B10 Seminar Room, Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AR
Please see map at: http://www.gatsby.ucl.ac.uk/travel/index.html
Supported by The Gatsby Foundation
The study of theta activity is a multi-disciplinary field extending from the biophysics of neurones through single unit recording in conscious animals to EEG and MEG studies in humans thus providing links with rapidly developing ideas about the role of oscillations and synchrony in brain function. These ideas are changing our understanding about the way in which widely separated areas of the brain can co-operate in complex cognitive functions. They suggest that the timing of spikes relative to each other and to neural clock signals can provide information which is additional to that carried by the firing rates of individual neurons. The meeting would serve to bring these ideas to a larger section of the Neuroscience community.
The meeting will bring together experts from the fields of Neuroanatomy, Biophysics, Physiology, Pharmacology, Behavioural Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, and human EEG and MEG studies. Several of the speakers are at the interface between two or more of these disciplines and we would make a strong attempt in the organisation of the meeting to provide a framework which would unite these different perspectives.
The meeting will concentrate on EEG theta activity and examine it from the viewpoint of several disciplines in an attempt to uncover its physiological and pharmacological bases, and its role in the neural computations carried out by cortical networks.