As part of NeuroDay, all attendees will go to two workshops covering a range of topics, and by some amazing researchers and neuroscience experts!

Session 1 will be held from 10.35 am - 11.25 am
Session 2 will be held from 11.30 am - 12.30 pm

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Some workshops will run in both Session 1 and then again in Session 2.

Please note: The running of each workshop is dependent on numbers. Workshops must have a set minimum number of attendees in order to run but will also have a maximum cap. Event organisers reserves the right to use their discretion as to whether a workshop runs on the day or not. In the unlikely case that a workshop does not go ahead, those who have registered for it will be able to choose another workshop to attend in its place.

Registering for workshops will close on Thursday, 18 July at midnight.

Neuroethics - Assoc Prof. Megan Munsie
Stem cell science and regenerative medicine offers new approaches to understanding and treating neurological disorders. This workshop will focus on the ethics associated with creating brain organoids in the lab from stem cells, allowing scientists to mimic brain development and explore what can go wrong following infection or as a result of disease.
Brain development, puberty and mental health - Dr Sarah Whittle
In this workshop, I will talk about how the brain develops during childhood and adolescence, how brain development is related to puberty, and how individual differences in brain development may contribute to vulnerability to poor mental health. I will discuss how a brain imaging study is conducted in children and adolescents, and talk about some of the methods used to measure brain structure and function, and puberty. The workshop will include a short interactive experiment, and will conclude with a Q&A session. 
 
An Introduction to Clinical Neurology - Alon, Nadia and Nicolas 
The aim of our workshop is to provide a brief introduction into the basics of clinical history and introduction, with an emphasis on communication skills and utilizing essential tools in a standard neurological examination. Participating students will be introduced a case study and they will be taken on a journey to develop the 
relevant differential diagnoses and to communicate the diagnosis to the patient 
Optical Illusions - Dr Toby Lowe
This workshop will explore the neuroscience behind a variety of optical illusions. This 'eyes-on' workshop will be interactive and use discussions to analyse optical illusions and the underpinning neuroscience. 
Electrophysiology  - Lauren Bleakley
Epilepsy is a serious neurological condition that affects up to 3% of the population.  It occurs when groups of neurons fire in an abnormal manner.  But how do researchers study the causes of epilepsy, or investigate possible treatments?  This workshop will introduce the concept of electrophysiology – a common method for answering research questions about the activity of neurons under various circumstances.  If you want to learn, from the basics, about how neurons work, then come along!  We will discuss how neurons rely on electrical currents to communicate, how these currents are studied in the laboratory, and how neurological problems, like epilepsy, can arise when these currents malfunction.  Along the way, we will also look at the stories of some young people living with rare forms of severe epilepsy, as well as meet a group of Melbourne researchers who are using electrophysiology in the lab to try to improve understanding of rare epilepsy conditions and how to treat them.    
Fear - Rober New
SM is a woman who suffers from Urbach-Wiethe disease - an autosomal recessive disorder which has been recorded in around 500 people. The disorder has dermatological and neurological symptoms. One of the neurological symptoms comes from the amygdalae being destroyed through calcification, which occurs in roughly 35% of sufferers. This is of interest as the emotion of fear seems to be a product of activity in the amygdalae (the talk will explain why this both is and isn’t true). As a result of the calcification of her amygdalae, SM has been dubbed “The woman with no fear.” 
When I started researching SM and associated studies, I found information about the nature of fear which has profound implications. This talk will be a summary of this research, with a focus on the behavioural implications of SM’s neuropathology. 
Cognitive Neuroscience - Joel Pellicci
Work in the Vision and Cognitive Laboratory seeks to explain how colour, motion, and attentional mechanisms operate within the visual system. We employ a diverse range of approaches including behavioural psychophysics, computational modelling, and electrophysiology. Many projects involve behavioural and physiological responses to visual stimuli through EEG, eye tracking, and pupil response measurement. Specific emphasis lies within modelling the relationship between visual input, and behavioural and physiological responses. 
 
 
Neurobiology of Memory and Learning - Alexandre Guerin  
Learning and memory are cognitive processes that are affected in a wide range of neurological and mental disorders, including dementia, post-traumatic disorder (PTSD), and drug addiction. In this workshop, we will explore the various ways scientists can study learning and memory in the lab. We will discuss the importance of using animal models to understand the neurobiology of learning and memory, using PTSD and addiction as examples. Then we will discuss how pre-clinical research can be translated in the clinic. In this interactive workshop, students will have the chance to test their own cognitive abilities and get hands-on experience, using tools to study learning and memory. The workshop will be followed by a Q&A session.  
Myelin - Madeline Nicholson
In this workshop you will learn about a key non-nerve component of the brain - myelin! You will find out exactly what myelin is and explore a potential new role for myelin in brain plasticity. You will also learn how myelin develops and what happens when the process goes wrong. You will also get to generate and graph some real data from the PhD projects of the presenters. 
 
Time Format Key Outcomes 
10.25 - 10.35 Presentation Meet your presenters: Azu & Madi 
● Pathways to a PhD in Neuroscience 
10.35 - 10.40 Presentation ● What is myelin and why is it important 
for brain function? 
● Is myelin important for brain plasticity? 
10.40 - 10.50 Interactive activity Generate your own data: cell counts 
10.50 - 10.55 Presentation ● Myelin development 
● What happens when the process of 
myelin development goes wrong? 
10.55 - 11.05 Interactive activity Graph real experimental data in Excel 
11.05-11.25 Q&A Wrap up and discussion time 
○ Where can a PhD in 
Neuroscience take you? 
HIV and the Brain  - Emma Wanicik

HIV Neuropathogenesis  
Project: Investigating the timing and mechanisms behind the pathophysiology of HIV-associated neurological disorders using SIV-infected non-human primate models. 

HIV in the CNS workshop portion will include: 
• Brief overview of HIV-1 history and infection 
• HIV infection of the CNS 
• What has been found 
• What is yet to be defined 
• Theories of HAND causes 
• HIV infection of brain resident cells  
• Next-gen capabilities (pretty pictures and videos) 
• Multiplex imaging 
• RNAscope (In situ hybridisation) 
• Laser-capture microdissection (microscopic single cell extraction) 
• Concluding remarks on how these aid the HIV-1 community 
• Questions 

Neuroscience and Consciousness  - Katie Wykes
This workshop will look into the research behind one of the biggest mysteries in neuroscience: what is consciousness? The workshop will explore ideas behind what consciousness is, and how it relates to our everyday lives, including interactive experiment of how perception and vision science can interact with consciousness, by using fun visual illusions such as binocular rivalry. The workshop will also briefly cover pathways and types of careers in neuroscience, a day in the life of a neuroscience PhD student and a 10 minute Q&A session. 
Neuroscience research in mental health disorders - Adrienne Grech and Selma Music
MRI - Yann Ying Chye, Linden Parkes and Aurina Arnatkevicuite
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a clinical imaging technique that uses strong magnetic and electric fields to generate images of the brain and body. The Brain and Mental Health Research Hub (BMH) adopts such brain imaging methods (among others) to uncover critical principles governing brain structure, function, and dysfunction. In this workshop, we will demonstrate the basics of brain imaging methods for studying structure, networks, connections, and functions of the brain. This workshop will be structured into three parts where we will introduce the principles of MRI for studying brain structure and function, provide a general overview of graph theory for mapping brain connectivity and focus on the application of MRI in addiction research. Each section will be followed with a short Q&A session. 
Exercise Science and Neuroscience  The tools of a neurophysiologist: Brain imaging - Nathan Nuzum

• Initial introduction into what a neurophysiologist is and a short overview of brain imaging are and the tools that are used. Approx. 10minutes 
• Tools to measure brain imaging include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) as well as others. The focus will be on fNIRS.  
  
• Second part will be an interactive workshop where we use a brain imaging device fNIRS (The Portalite system by Artinis) to look at how cognition can be measured. Approx 15min. 

Q and A at the end.