The Royal Society
Mon 23 Oct 2023
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Neurons, synapses, and the instinct of survival image

Francis Crick Medal and Lecture 2023 given by Professor Tiago Branco.
How do millions of connected neurons generate behaviour?
Professor Tiago Branco will discuss how his group is using mouse instinctive behaviours to answer this question. By recording and manipulating the activity of single neurons and their connections, the team is discovering the biological mechanisms behind instinctive decisions, such as when to escape from imminent threat. This work has uncovered molecular and cellular principles of how brains perform fundamental computations, laying important foundations for tackling psychiatric diseases.