Scottish Neuroscience Group Meeting 2019

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August 30, 2019
Postgraduate Centre, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

A one -day meeting for neuroscientists, this meeting rotates around major institutions in Scotland and is returning to Edinburgh for 2019! 

It is a really enjoyable day full of short talks and posters and is an ideal environment for PhD students and early years researchers to present their work to suportive colleagues from across Scotland.  In 2019, for the first time, this meeting will be co-hosted by Edinbrugh Neuroscience and Heriot Watt University.


Please register via Eventbrite. Registration fees remain at 2018 levels but include an additional Eventbrite booking fee:

  • Student - £10  (plus £1.37 booking fee)
  • Postdoc - £20  (plus £2.15 booking fee)
  • Group Leader - £30  (plus £2.93 booking fee)

Posters/Data Blitz Talks

We will have a number of poster boards available. To submit a poster abstract please email title, authors, affiliations and a 250-word abstract as a Word document to

If you are a student or postdoc and would like your abstract to be considered for one of the the data blitz session slots  (a very short oral presentation) please indicate this in your submission document and submit it by Monday 19 August 2019.

Poster boards: Poster boards will be A0 size, portrait orientation.

How to find us

Please click here for a map with information about how to find the Postgraduate CEntre at Heriot Watt University.  There is car parking available at Heriot Watt campus - indicated on map.


9.00     Registration

9.30     Welcome

Session 1 (chair: Dr David Hughes, University of Glasgow)

9.40     A critical period for activity-mediated regulation of myelin sheath dynamic, Ms Jill Williamson, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

10.00   Chemogenetic dissection of primary afferent function in rodent pain models, Dr Greg Weir, Spinal Cord Research Group, University of Glasgow

10.20   Sex-biased behavioural and molecular pathology in the 5xFAD model of Alzheimer's Disease, Dr Annesha Sil, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen

10.40   Characterisation of the human ALS synaptome, Dr Chris Henstridge, University of Dundee

11.00  Break

Session 2 (Dr Jane Haley, University of Edinburgh)

11.30   The Large Animal Research and Imaging Facility (LARIF) – ‘One Health, One Medicine’, Dr Gerry Thompson, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

12.00   Student and postdoc data blitz  talks - 13 talks, each 1 min and 1 slide!

12.20   Lunch and posters

Session 3 (chair tbc)

1.45     FENS Forum 2020 update

2.00     Examining the functional neural dynamics of the auditory cortex and midbrain: informing the next generation of auditory midbrain implants, Ms Aimee Bias, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, Strathclyde University

2.20     State-dependent neuromodulation of mammalian spinal networks, Dr Simon Sharples, School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St Andrews

2.40     The molecular organisation of exocytosis using super-resolution microscopy, Dr Colin Rickman, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, Heriot Watt University

3.00     Break and posters

Session 4 (Chair: Dr Euan Brown, Heriot Watt University)

3.30     Open Lecture: Physiological Society GL Brown Prize lecture (free to attend but please book)

Tackling the pathophysiology of motor neuron disease (MND): a translational neuroscience approach, Dame Professor Pamela Shaw, University of Sheffield

4.30 – 5.30 pm - drinks and networking