IBANS Research Forum 2017 success!

We had another great IBANS research forum last week. It was a lot of fun and there were some great ideas for new collaborative projects. Hopefully many will be pursued.

Congratulations to Wanjia, Wardiya and Anne who were voted (by the audience) as winners of this year’s £1000 IBANS Research Forum Award to kick start their proposed new project investigating diseased and healthy neural networks!

IBANS Research Forum, March 23rd, 2017

We will be holding our annual IBANS Research Forum on Thursday March 23rd in the Old Library of the Main Psychology Building.

The forum has proved to be a great vehicle by which to encourage debate, and new collaborations, amongst IBANS members (PIs, postdocs and postgrads). Once again, at the end of the forum this year we will award a small grant to the best ad-hoc research proposal on the day, for kick-starting a new collaborative project between any IBANS members.

The full programme can be seen at the following link:

IBANS Research Forum 2017 Programme

3rd Annual IBANS Autumn Symposium

The 3rd Annual IBANS Autumn Symposium will be taking place on Friday October 7th from 1-5pm in the Seminar Room on the ground floor of the main Psychology building.

The event will include 8 talks by early career researchers from across our IBANS community and a Master Lecture by Prof. Onur Güntürkün from Ruhr-University Bochum entitled “Converging and Diverging Blueprints for Cognition in Birds and Mammals”.

Please come along and support this event and our early career researchers!

For the full program cilck here: mini-symposium-poster-with-talks-2016

IBANS Research Forum: March 24th, 2016

Following on from its success last year, the second annual ‘IBANS Research Forum’ will be held on the afternoon of Thursday March 24th in the Old Library (Main Psychology Building).

The event is intended to encourage debate, and new collaborations, amongst IBANS members (PIs, postdocs and postgrads). And once again, at the end of the forum we will award a small grant to the best ad-hoc proposal on the day, for kick-starting a new collaborative project between any IBANS members.

The Forum will begin with a series of brief presentations (5 minutes each, with no more than 3 slides). Each talk will be followed by 5 minutes of discussion and question time. Please email Gareth Miles (gbm4@st-andrews.ac.uk) to register your interest in giving a presentation. PIs, postdocs and postgrads are all welcome to present. Presentations should focus on specific questions/problems needing to be addressed in your current research or wider field. In particular, we would like you to highlight areas in which you could benefit from new ideas or interdisciplinary collaboration.

After the talks there will be time for everyone to chat about potential collaborative projects over drinks and nibbles.

Following drinks and nibbles we will reconvene to hear 2-minute ‘pitches’ for new collaborative projects, with some time for further questions from the audience.

The Forum will be concluded with the award of seed-funding for the best idea on the day.

IBANS Research Forum Award: Project details

Below are details of the first project funded by an IBANS Research Forum Award:

Researchers:
Nicola Cook and Emma Carroll:

Title:
Ageing whales using the methylome: a reduced representation approach

Abstract:
Estimating the age structure of a populations is critical for understanding recruitment and growth rates. However, methods to age cetaceans without killing them are rare. Recently, Polanowski et al (2014) took a targeted gene approach and showed that methylation rates of genes relating to ageing in humans predicted age groups of humpback whales. We will take a broader approach and investigate genome-wide methylation patterns of southern right whale cow-calf pairs, which provide a natural old-young comparison. We will sequence a reduced representation of the DNA methylation profile of up to 10 cow-calf pairs and investigate genome-wide patterns in methylation between old and young animals. Any regions highlighted in this approach will be linked back to the bowhead whale genome, a closely related species that has been genome-enabled by a consortium interested in ageing in this species that can live for 200 years.

Scottish Neuroscience Group Meeting, St Andrews, Aug 28th

The 12th Meeting of the Scottish Neuroscience Group (SNG) will be taking place at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews on Friday August 28th. This is a great opportunity to meet other neuroscientists from across Scotland, find out about the latest in Scottish neuroscience research, and build new collaborations.

The day will consist of talks from new and early career researchers from each of the main Scottish Neuroscience institutions, poster presentations, and a plenary lecture from Dr Nelson Spruston a group leader and scientific program director at the Janelia Research Campus.

Registration (which includes lunch and refreshments) is only £40 for PIs, £30 for Postdocs and £20 for students.

Please go to http://sng2015.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/ for more information and to register for the meeting (places will be limited so don’t wait too long to register).

IBANS Research Forum success

Thank you to everyone for making the inaugural IBANS Research Forum not only a great success but also a lot of fun!

At the end of the forum an impressive number of ideas for new collaborative projects were pitched. A big congratulations to Nicola Cook and Emma Carroll who were awarded our first IBANS Research Forum grant.

Annoucing the IBANS Research Forum

A new IBANS event – the ‘IBANS Research Forum’ –  will be held on the afternoon of Friday May 1st in the Old Library (Main Psychology Building; further details to follow).

The event is intended to encourage debate, and new collaborations, amongst IBANS Members. It will involve a number of short presentations followed by an interactive session devoted to discussion, exchange and the development of new ideas.

We look forward to seeing you on May 1st!