ADNF Symposium XXXII

Thursday, October 26th, 09:00 AM Brisbane (AEST) Time

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ADNF Symposium XXXII

Thursday, September 28th, 09:00 AM Brisbane (AEST) Time

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ADNF Symposium XXXII September 2023


ADNF Symposium XXXI

Thursday, August 31st, 09:00 AM Brisbane (AEST) Time

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ADNF Symposium XXX

Thursday, July 27th, 09:00 AM Brisbane (AEST) Time

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ADNF Symposium XXIX

Thursday, June 29th, 09:00 AM Brisbane (AEST) Time

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ADNF Symposium XXIX JUNE2023


Thursday, May 25th, 09:00AM Brisbane (AEST) Time

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ADNF Symposium XXVII

Thursday, April 27th, 09.00 AM Brisbane AEST time

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 ADNF Symposium XXVII April2023


ADNF Symposium XXVI

Thursday, March 30th, 09.00 AM Brisbane AEST time

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ADNF Symposium XXVI March2023


ADNF Symposium XXV

Thursday, February 23rd, 09.00 AM Brisbane AEST time

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ADNF Symposium XXIV

November 24th, 09.00 AM Brisbane AEST time

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ADNF Symposium XXIII

October 27th, 09.00 AM Brisbane AEST time

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Ethan Scott, Professor Head, Lab for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, Queensland Brain Institute and Honorary Professorial Fellow, Department of Anatomy and Physiology, The University of Melbourne

Title: Brain-wide sensory networks in larval zebrafish

Bio: Ethan Scott earned his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he studied molecular genetics in yeast under the mentorship of Prof. Thomas Petes. He then moved to Stanford University, and the lab of Prof. Liqun Luo, for his PhD work in developmental neuroscience. This work involved using targeted transgenics in Drosophila to express protein tools that revealed neurons' structures and contributions to sensory processing. This approach, using transgenics to explore the structure and function of neurons and networks, has formed the basis of his subsequent work. As a postdoc with Prof. Herwig Baier at UC-San Francisco, Ethan developed Gal4 enhancer trapping in the zebrafish model system, providing transgenic reagents for the exploration of this system's neural networks. In 2007, he established his own lab at the University of Queensland, where he is now a professor. Ethan and his group will relocate the The Department of Anatomy and Physiology at The University of Melbourne in January 2023.

Ethan's research group blends optical physics, neuroscience, and computational biology to describe sensory networks in zebrafish. The backbone of this approach is whole-brain calcium imaging at cellular resolution, whereby all of the brain's neurons can be probed for activity simultaneously. This permits the characterisation of brain-wide networks responsible for vision, hearing, vestibular perception, and the detection of water flow around the zebrafish larva. Ongoing work includes the modelling of these networks computationally, the description of simple sensory learning such as habituation, the exploration of networks responsible for sensory integration, and the modelling of sensory phenotypes in human psychiatric disorders including autism and fragile X syndrome.

Indranil Basak, research fellow at the University of Otago

Title: Modelling human brain diseases in a dish.

Bio: Indranil Basak joined the University of Otago in 2018 to work with A/Prof. Stephanie Hughes, after finishing his first postdoctoral training at the University of Utah. He started his second postdoctoral research on a childhood brain disease called Batten disease. Using his expertise in iPSC and CRISPR technologies, Indranil started developing iPSC-derived human neuronal and non-neuronal models of Batten disease. Using a multi-omics approach, Indranil discovered key changes in the Batten disease-affected neurons, which overlapped with other brain diseases such as Parkinson's disease. Using his background in Parkinson's disease research (from his Ph.D. in New York City), Indranil started his independent research, learning from the overlap between Batten disease and Parkinson's disease, with an aim to discover new therapeutic targets in neurodegenerative diseases.

Shaam Al Abed, Senior Research Fellow, Eccles Institute of Neuroscience

Title: Rectifying developmental brain trajectory to prevent cognitive deficits in autism spectrum disorders.

Bio: Dr A. Shaam  Al-Abed is a postdoctoral researcher within the Eccles Institute of Neuroscience (Australian National University). Her research primarily addresses the mechanisms underlying memory formation, from psychology to synapses, in health and disease. She earned a PhD in 2013 from the University of Bordeaux, France, during which she investigated the mechanisms underlying the degradation of cognition with age and in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In 2018, she joined Dr Nathalie Dehorter’s group to study how development shapes the neuronal circuits responsible for memory processing, and how defects in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism leads to cognitive disabilities.

Zorana Lynton, PhD student in Laura Fenlon’s lab, UQ

Title: Neurodiversity or pathology? The anatomy and activity of Probst Bundles. 

Bio: Zorana Lynton is an MD/PhD student studying in Dr. Laura Fenlon’s brain development, plasticity and evolution lab at The University of Queensland. Zorana’s project focuses on the anatomy and functional dynamics of aberrant interhemispheric brain connectivity.


ADNF Symposium XXII

September 29th, 09.00 AM Brisbane AEST time 

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ADNF Symposium XIX

June 30th, 09.00 AM AEST

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We have two fantastic speakers lined up.

Guillermina Lopez Bendito, csic Spain

Title: Spontaneous Activity in the Specification and Plasticity of Sensory Circuits

Rodrigo Suarez, UQ Australia

Title: Marsupials illuminate brain wiring


ADNF Symposium XVIII

May 26th, 09.00 AM AEST

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Giulia Quattrocolo (Norway)  -  "Cajal-Retzius cells in the postnatal hippocampus".
After obtaining a Bachelor in Biology and a Master in Neurobiology from the Università di Pavia, in Italy, in 2009 she moved to Northwestern University, Chicago, for a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. There she worked in the lab of Dr. Gianmaria Maccaferri, studying the integration of Cajal-Retzius cells in the postnatal hippocampal circuit. In 2014 she joined the laboratory of Dr. Gord Fishell, then at NYU, to study the role of genetic and environmental factors in determining the differentiation of cortical and hippocampal interneurons. In 2017 she moved back to Europe, in Norway, to work with Dr. Edvard Moser, at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, at NTNU, in Trondheim, where she continued to investigate the role of Cajal-Retzius cells in the maturation of the hippocampal circuit. Since 2021 she is group leader of the Circuit Development lab at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience.
Fernando Garcia-Moreno (Spain)  -  "Mosaic evolutionary history of brain circuits through the lens of neurogenesis".
Fernando García-Moreno graduated in Biology at the Complutense University in Madrid (Spain) and obtained his PhD working on the embryonic development of the cerebral cortex (Cajal Institute – Spain). He followed his research with a postdoctoral stay at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford (UK) funded by HFSP. Fernando shifted his research interest to the evolutionary origin of the mammalian neocortex. He ended it up as Junior Group Leader.
In 2016 he moved to Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience (Spain) where he is now an Assistant Professor and established his first independent group. Fernando aims to understand how the vertebrate brain evolved by studying the embryonic development of mammalian, reptilian and avian brains. To do so, he performs in vivo experimental embryology and single cell transcriptomics on chick, mouse and gecko embryonic brains.


ADNF Symposium XVII

Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at 09:00am Brisbane time (AEST, UTC+10)

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Kaylene Young (Australia) – How does protocadherin 15 direct oligodendrocyte progenitor cell behaviour?

Ben Emery (USA) - Loss of oligodendroglial support induces DLK-mediated degeneration of neurons

Carlie Cullen (Australia) – Do myelinating oligodendrocytes help us learn?


ADNF Symposium XVI

Thursday, March 31st 2022 at 09:00am Brisbane time (AEST, UTC+10)

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Emilia Favuzzi (USA) - Artisans of Brain Wiring: GABA-Receptive Microglia Selectively Sculpt Inhibitory Circuits;

Ewoud Schmidt (USA) - Humanizing the mouse brain: reorganizing cortical circuits through modified synaptic development;

Tracy Bale (USA) - Trophoblast mechanisms key in regulating neurodevelopment

Anastassia Voronova (Canada) - Regulation of neural stem cells by neuronal ligands


ADNF Symposium XV

Thursday, 24 February 2022, 9:00 AM Brisbane (AEST) Time

ADNF Symposium XV Speakers

Rachel Moore (UK)
Microtubules are not required to generate a nascent axon in embryonic spinal neurons in vivo

Michael Notaras (USA) 

Rachel Wong (USA)
Circuit assembly in the vertebrate retina


ADNF Symposium XIII

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 9:00 AM Brisbane (AEST) time


Laura Fenlon (Australia)
Time shapes all brains: timing of a conserved transcriptional network underlies divergent cortical connectivity routes in mammalian brain development and evolution

Laurent Nguyen (Belgium) 
Regulation of cerebral cortex morphogenesis by migrating cells

Carol Ann Mason (USA)
Wiring the eye to brain for binocular vision: lessons from the albino visual system

Thomas Perlmann (Sweden)
Interrogating dopamine neuron development at the single cell level


ADNF Symposium IX

Thursday, 24 June 2021 9:00 - 11:00am AEST 

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Juliette Godin (France)
Pleiotropic activites of the (atypical?) Kinesin KIF21B during cirtical development

Lachlan Harris (Australia)
Distinct transcriptional programs regulate Neural Stem Activation

Ruth Arkell (Australia) 
Modelling the complex inheritance pattern of Holoprosencephaly using mouse Experimental Genetics

Simon Hippenmeyer (Austria)
Neural Stem Cell Lineage Progression in Developing Cerebral Cortex


ADNF Symposium V

Thursday, 25 February 2021 9:00 - 11:00am AEST 

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ANS ADNF Symposium V Speakers A

Song-Hai Shi (China) - Assembly of the neocortex

Lynette Lim (Belgium) – Shared and Unique Developmental Trajectories of Cortical Inhibitory Neurons

Alfredo Molina (UK) – Tuneable progenitor cells to build the cerebral cortex

Tomasz Nowakowski (USA)- Charting the molecular 'protomap' of the human cerebral cortex using single cell genomics

ADNF Symposium Recordings Now Available

Symposium 1 - Part I

Symposium 1 - Part II

ADNF Sympoisum II

ADNF Symposium III


ADNF Symposium IV

Helen Cooper

Jin-Wu Tsai

Isabel del Pino

Hongyan Wang




Hello, are you interested in developmental neuroscience research? If YES, then we welcome you to sign up for virtual events in the upcoming ANS Developmental Neuroscience Forum (ADNF) below!

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Who we are

We are members of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), with an interest in developmental neuroscience. Our mission is to provide year-long engagement for our colleagues all over the world.

What we do

(i) monthly virtual symposia (4 speakers over a 2h session) comprising national and international speakers, and with gender and equity targets;

(ii) hold regular morning/afternoon teas, depending on where you are in Australasia/the World;

(iii) provide peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and panel discussions.

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