Announcements of public talks, discussions and exchange formats organized within the Cologne Theoretical Neuroscience Forum as organized by Sacha van Albada, Silvia Daun, Martin Nawrot, Marc Tittgemeyer.

This forum brings together scientific experts in the theoretical and computational neurosciences. Topics cover all areas of basic, translational and clinical neuroscience, reflecting the broad neuroscience community in the Research Area Cologne.

Announcements will be sent via our mailing list for which you can enroll here:
https://lists.uni-koeln.de/mailman/listinfo/theoretical-neuroscience-forum

Video resources of previous events are distributed via our vimeo channel.

Upcoming Online Talks

We aim at regular talks on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 17:00 local time (CEST = GMT + 1).

Thursday 14 October 2021, 17:00

Jonathan Rubin

Department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh


Title of the Talk: Network dynamics in the basal ganglia and possible implications for Parkinson’s disease

Abstract: The basal ganglia are a collection of brain areas that are connected by a variety of synaptic pathways and are a site of significant reward-related dopamine release. These properties suggest a possible role for the basal ganglia in action selection, guided by reinforcement learning.  In this talk, I will discuss a framework for how this function might be performed. I will also present some recent experimental results and theory that call for a re-evaluation of certain aspects of this framework. Next, I will turn to the changes in basal ganglia activity observed to occur with the dopamine depletion associated with Parkinson’s disease. I will discuss some of the potential functional implications of some of these changes and, if time permits, will conclude with some new results that focus on delta oscillations under dopamine depletion.

Host: Silvia Daun

Previous Talks

Thursday 10 June 2021, 17:00

– postponed, new data t.b.a. –

Frederike Petzschner

Brown University

Title of the Talk: t.b.a.
Host: Marc Tittgemeyer

Wednesday 12 May 2021, 17:15

Friedemann Zenke

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel

Title of the Talk: Finding the needle in the haystack – Functional circuit and network models for neuroscience
Host: Martin Nawrot

Link to the Talk: https://vimeo.com/560362511

Thursday 11 March 2021, 17:00

Thomas Nowotny

University of Sussex

Title of the Talk:
Procedural connectivity and other recent advances for efficient spiking neural network simulations
Host: Martin Nawrot

Link to the Talk: https://vimeo.com/522380851

Thursday 11 February 2021, 17:00

Benjamin Lindner

Theory of Complex Systems and Neurphysics,
HU Berlin and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin


Title of the Talk:
Neural network models – analysis of their spontaneous activity and their response to single-neuron stimulation
Host: Martin Nawrot

Link to the Talk: https://vimeo.com/520936819

Organizers

Sacha van Albada

Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine – Computational and Systems Neuroscience, Forschungszentrum Jülich & Institute of Zoology, University of Cologne


Silvia Daun

Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine – Cognitive Neuroscience, Forschungszentrum Jülich & Institute of Zoology, University of Cologne

Martin Nawrot

Computational Systems Neuroscience,
Institute of Zoology, University of Cologne

Marc Tittgemeyer

Translational Neurocircuitry, Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, Cologne & Cologne Excellence Cluster of Aging Research, University of Cologne

This is an initiative of the Collaborative Research Center Motor Control in Health and Disease (SFB 1451) and the Research Training Group Neural Circuit Analysis on the Cellular and Subcellular Level (GRK 1960).