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Conference: Brain and Mind – Integrative Neuroscience
December 1, 2014 - December 3, 2014
1-3 December 2014, Otago
This inaugural conference brought together researchers from across the network to explore the range of neuroscience research capabilities at the partner institutions and to sow the seeds for productive collaborations on a number of research fronts dealing with the mind and brain.
Eighteen speakers, including representatives from all the Matariki Network Universities, presented introductions to their Universities, their neuroscience research programmes and capabilities, and their own recent research efforts. Research topics ranged widely, including Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroendocrinology, Animal models of disease, Attention and Sensory mechanisms, Dementia, and Modelling/Simulations. Social events were also a priority, including a trip out along the scenic Otago peninsula, and a boat trip to view albatross and other sea birds, seals and a surprise visitation from a pod of dolphins. This meeting was the first step toward engaging more closely in research among Matariki neuroscience researchers, and we look forward to advancing these collaborations and connections in the coming months and years.