"Hippocampal dynamics and memory processing" with Thanos Siapas

Past Event

20 November 2017, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

This seminar is organised by the Mind and Machine Programme and the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour.

The hippocampus is a brain circuit that plays a critical role in memory formation. Hippocampal activity during awake behavior and REM sleep is characterized by the presence of theta oscillations, while activity in quiet wakefulness and slow-wave sleep is associated with ripples—high frequency oscillations associated with population bursts. This talk will describe the organization of theta oscillations across the hippocampal circuit, and experiments aimed at understanding the mechanisms underlying ripple bursts and their functional role in memory processing.

Registration not required. For further information, please contact Fiona Woods at fiona.woods@cncb.ox.ac.uk.

About the speaker

Thanos Siapas received his B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Science and Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, from MIT. He did postdoctoral work in behavioral electrophysiology in Matt Wilson’s lab at MIT, and joined the faculty at Caltech in 2002. He is currently Professor of Computation and Neural Systems. His lab focuses on the study of information processing across networks of neurons with emphasis on the neuronal mechanisms that underlie learning and memory formation