Melbourne Brain Symposium 2018

The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute, University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health share a proud history of hosting the annual Melbourne Brain Symposium.

This symposium program is a testament to the remarkable breadth of neuroscience focused research happening here and internationally.

In 2018, the Mendelsohn Student Lecture will again take place. This prestigious award recognises and honours an outstanding student in the Neurosciences, and provides them with the platform to deliver a lecture to communicate the outcomes of their graduate research to the Neuroscience community, alongside presentations delivered by some of the most eminent scientists, internationally, and from within Australia.

When: 1.00-5.30pm, 31st October, 2018

Where: Ian Potter Auditorium, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC 3052

This year, all Symposium attendees are invited to an informal dinner following the Symposium.

Please register here and invite colleagues who you believe would benefit from this event.


1:00 - 1.05pm


Professor Steven Petrou

1.05 – 1.55pm

The Conscious Phenotype

Professor Geraint Rees, University College London

1.55 – 2.28pm

Towards Biological Foundations of Decisions with Uncertainty: A Mission Incomplete

Professor Peter Bossaerts, University of Melbourne

2.28 - 2.43pm

Introduction and Presentation of Fred Mendelsohn Awards

Emeritus Professor Fred Mendelsohn

2.43 – 3.03pm

Investigating the Role of the Paratrigenminal Nucleus in Processing Respiratory Sensations

Mendelsohn Student Lecturer, Alexandria Driessen

3.03 – 3.30pm

Afternoon tea

3.30 – 4.03pm

Genomics of Common Disorders of the Brain

Professor Naomi Wray, University of Queensland

4.03 – 4.36pm

Genetic Mechanism Underlying Cholinergic Interneuron Diversity 

Dr Nathalie Dehorter, Australian National University

4.36 – 5.26pm

Sex Differences in the Convergence of Stress and Opioid Systems

Professor Rita Valentino, National Institute on Drug Abuse (National Insitute of Health), USA

5.26 – 5.30pm

Thank you

Professor Trevor Kilpatrick

5.30 – 7.00pm

Concluding Dinner