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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - Tuesday, 18 September 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
QBI Level 7 Auditorium
UQ Location:
Queensland Brain Institute (St Lucia)
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Ms Deirdre Wilson
3346 6300
Org. Unit:
Queensland Brain Institute

Event Description

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Dr Yee Lian Chew
MRC Investigator Scientist
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Title: 'How a worm thinks: lessons from C. elegans neuropeptide signalling'

Abstract: Mapping neural networks is a major goal of global brain research initiatives. Much of this focuses on mapping synaptic connections between neurons. However, a considerable amount of neuronal communication occurs via neuromodulators such as neuropeptides and monoamines, which can act outside synapses. Neuromodulator-dependent signalling clearly drives important behaviours. My research focussed on investigating the functions of neuropeptide networks and circuits in C. elegans, using techniques such as automated behavioural tracking, optogenetics, microfluidics-based calcium-imaging, and high-content phenotyping. We showed that locomotor and sensory sensitisation during behavioural arousal in response to aversive touch occurs in a two-step process of neuropeptide signalling: afferent neuropeptides first convey mechanosensory information from sensory neurons to central interneurons, and these neuroendocrine centres then release efferent signals to convey behavioural state information to the periphery. Future work could exploit this system as a model to understand the principles through which neuropeptide signalling networks interact with the synaptic connectome to control behavioural states.

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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