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Inaugural Professorial Lecture - Professor Ruth Empson

Mind the Gap: Brain Connections and Behaviour

About Ruth's Research

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.

Streaming information for Professor Ruth Empson's IPL

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Date Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Time 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Lecture
Public Lecture
LocationArchway 1 Lecture Theatre
Union Street East
CostNo Charge
Contact NameLisa Ngeru

Contact Phone+64 3 471 6481

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