How Far Can We Push the Limits of the Human Brain?
Prof. Nigel Emptage (Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford)
Arabella Simpkin (Founder of Greyscale Spaces)
Michael Zhu Chen (MSc, Global Health Science and Epidemiology )
Brendon Neuen (MSc, Global Health Science and Epidemiology)
When: Thursday, 7th March, 5.45 – 7pm. Wine Reception from 5.15pm
Where: Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College, Turl St, Oxford
Professor Emptage is currently Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. He joined the Department in 2000 from the National Institute for Medical Research, London where he worked with one of the founding fathers of the mammalian plasticity field, Professor Tim Bliss FRS. During this period he worked to develop novel optical methods for the imaging of synaptic activity in living neural tissue enabling the first optical quantal analysis of plasticity to be performed. He completed his PhD at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Malcolm Burrows FRS. Here he examined sensory-motor information processing in the locust. Following the completion of his PhD, he received a SERC-NATO fellowship, held in the laboratory of Professor Tom Carew at Yale University, USA. It was during this period that his interest in the cellular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity became firmly cemented.
Dr Simpkin is a paediatrician, holding faculty positions at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate in medicine from the University of Oxford and has a Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education from Harvard Medical School and is a Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK. Her research passion, and focus is in professional development, in particular studying the attributes of resilience and tolerance of uncertainty. Dr Simpkin has formal training in cognitive and behavioural psychology, instructional design, and faculty development, and understands the science that underpins sustainable high performance and wellbeing.
Michael Zhu Chen is a Colorado native who graduated from Stanford University in 2018 with a B.S. in Chemistry. At Stanford, Michael conducted neuroscience research investigating the neural circuits that control thirst motivation in the laboratories of Drs. Karl Deisseroth and Liqun Luo. He is a first author of a paper in Science and co-author of other publications. Michael co-founded Synapse, a non-profit organization that provides social support for brain injury patients in communities across the US. Michael is reading for the MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and plans to pursue an MD-PhD.