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Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Professor Ruth Empson


Tue 12 Feb 2019, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Where: Archway 1 Lecture Theatre, 290 Leith Walk, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Lecture Title: "Mind the Gap: Brain Connections and Behaviour"

Ruth Empson’s research aims to understand how the connections between brain cells, called synapses, work together to change the neural output patterns of specialist brain regions. This process is called neuroplasticity. Her specific interest is to identify how neuroplasticity drives changes in the brain regions that are critical for perception and movement.

Most recently, as a New Zealand Fulbright Scholar in the USA, she has explored ways to assess how neuroplasticity contributes to changes in eye movements. This work is also helping the search for new targets to treat specific movement disorders called cerebellar ataxias.

Throughout her research she applies high-resolution electrical measurements and optical imaging, and is currently pioneering state-of-the-art optical sensors to enable real-time synaptic monitoring in the awake brain. She also holds a career-long passion for conveying knowledge and the rich benefits of curiosity-driven scientific research to students of all ages.

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