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QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Functional brain network study on wild type and DISC1 transgenic mice

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:30:00 +0000

Tong Wu Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland Title: Functional brain network study on wild type and DISC1 transgenic mice Abstract: Major mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression create a heavy social burden and remain poorly treated. The gene Disrupted-in-Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) is well-known to be significantly associated with these disorders and plays a substantial role in influencing a range of shared endophenotypes underlying them. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) is a powerful technique being applied to more than 30 different kinds of brain disorders and different species. Specifically, altered functional connectivity (FC) and network topologies are proposed to be plausible imaging endophenotypes of psychotic disorders. However, little is known about the direct effects of gene dysfunction, such as DISC1 mutations, on resting-state brain activations. Characterising the phenotypes of DISC1 in transgenic mice using rs-fMRI would provide valuable insights into the mechanism of how it influences the brain. Before characterizing disease phenotypes in mouse models, it is necessary to understand how the mouse brain functions in normal states. Anaesthesia is currently an integrated part of most mouse rs-fMRI experiments. It influences blood-oxygenation-level-dependent (BOLD) fMRI signals via modulation of neurovascular coupling and brain metabolism, and hence alters FC and topologies of resting-state networks (RSNs). Investigating FC and its changes associated with genes therefore initially requires an understanding of the anaesthetics. Furthermore, various anaesthetic protocols are adopted by different labs leading to difficulties in result comparisons. In this talk, I’ll show the results from a comparative study on how different and commonly used anaesthetics influence regional connectivity and functional network organizations in mice. Based on the understanding of anaesthesia and the available experimental conditions, we chose one agent to facilitate the study on DISC1 mice. Behavioral experiments (Y maze and fear conditioning) were performed before in vivo rs-fMRI experiments. We observed no differences in behavioral assays, but subtle differences in the functional module affiliations of the amygdala in the transgenic mouse group. These results may provide preliminary references to the ongoing mouse rs-fMRI research, facilitate comparisons across labs and help to translate findings of transgenic mouse studies and human research.

EndoWhat? Unravelling the mystery behind endometriosis

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:15:00 +0000

One in ten women suffer from endometriosis - a common, yet poorly understood disease. What causes it, is it inherited? Why does it take seven to ten years before most women are diagnosed? Experts and advocates will answer these questions and more at this upcoming community event. Please join us on Thursday 2 March 2017 from 5.15pm at the State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane. Register now.

What Trump`s U-turn on Climate Change means for Australian business- Presented by Alan Kohler

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:30:00 +0000

What Trump`s U-turn on Climate Change means for Australian business The UQ Global Change Institute invites you to attend the Challenge of Change lecture presented by ALAN KOHLER, Australian Finance Journalist. Alan Kohler will address how President Trump`s plan to pull out of the COP21 Paris agreement and reverse the US government’s climate change policy will impact and directly challenge Australian policies and business. * Light refreshments will be served post seminar in the Global Change Institute Living Building About The Speaker Alan Kohler has been a financial journalist for 46 years, starting as a cadet on The Australian. Currently Alan is publisher and editor of his publication, The Constant Investor; business editor at large of The Australian; finance presenter on ABC News; presenter of the Talking Business channel on Qantas inflight radio; and adjunct professor in the business faculty of Victoria University.

International Women`s Day- Women in Science Presentation and Lunch

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 02:00:00 +0000

There are many extraordinary women in science around the country. Indeed, just under half of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) students are female. However, women only hold 20% of senior academic positions. Join the discussion addressing the issues faced by women in science, and explore a diversity of career pathways. Featuring: -Professor Linda Richards, Deputy Director (Research) QBI, President of Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), fellow of the Australian Academies of Science and Health and Medical Sciences -Deputy Executive Dean at UQ’s Faculty of Medicine and will become the Faculty of Science’s first female Executive Dean in March -Dr Caroline O’Brien Data Scientist at the Commonwealth Bank, Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a mum with two children under 3 -Professor Geoffrey Goodhill Neuroscientist, QBI and UQ School of Mathematics and Physics A light lunch will be provided. This event is in support of UQ’s SAGE pilot program and is open to all staff, students and guests. Places are limited. RSVP is essential. Please RSVP at

The Graduate Centre in Governance & International Affairs Inaugural Roundtable event

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:30:00 +0000

Inaugural Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs Roundtable “Policy Making in Response to Crises” At this exciting event we will ask, what are the principal crises that we face and what challenge do they pose to policy making? Do we need to radically rethink our approaches to policy making in times of crisis? Our expert panel – UQ Chancellor Peter Varghese AO, Prof Kath Gelber, Dr Alastair Stark, A/Prof Sarah Percy - will explore these issues from a range of perspectives that span diplomacy, security, the environment and disaster response, and human rights. Panel will be moderated by the ABC’s Tom Switzer.

Beyond the Rockton Window - author and artist Helen Haenke remembered

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:45:00 +0000

A talented artist and writer of poetry, plays and prose, Helen Haenke was an influential figure in Ipswich from the 1940s to 1978. The family`s historic house Rockton was her creative sanctuary. Please join us for a panel discussion around the works and life of Helen Haenke. UQ Honorary Senior Research Fellow Dr Bronwen Levy will lead the conversation with Helen`s daughter Margot Rayner and local Ipswich resident and drama teacher Helen Pullar. UQ Press are releasing an anthology of Helen Haenke`s work, Helen Haenke at Rockton - A creative life. Copies of the anthology will be for sale at the event. This event is supported by Ipswich City Council, University of Queensland Library, Ipswich Poetry Feast and University of Queensland Press.

Machines that Read your Mind

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 +0000

Operating a machine with thoughts alone. Brain implants that restore memory. Letting locked-in people communicate. Brain scans that show which movie a person watched or their capacity for criminal behaviour. Barely a week goes by without another headline about our ever-increasing power to read the human mind.To find out more, come along to Machines that Read your Mind. Free Public Event and Registrations are open at or visit our Facebook Event page

Technology for Food Businesses

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:30:00 +0000

In hospitality and always wanted to bring some new technologies into your business? Love food and would love to see technologists and foodies working together? Just love eating food and talking about tech? We have an event for you. River City Labs bringing together talented technologists, foodies and talented local Brisbane business people to discuss how food businesses can embrace technological change and improve their business. Whether it`s online ordering and delivery, taking your inventory and point of sale online, e-marketing or managing your back office from a browser, technology`s impact on food businesses is real and will only continue to grow. This event is a panel discussion featuring: Susan Lloyd Anderson - General Manager, UberEats Qld Chelsea Ford - Growth Strategist, Mentor and founder of Females in Food Angela Hirst - Founder Wandering Cooks and food community activator + one other special guest panellist to be announced soon. The event structure is as follows: 5.15-5.30pm – Arrival, drinks and networking 5.30-5.40 – Guest Introduction and Panel Presentations 5.40-6.15 – Panel Discussion: Technology in Food Businesses 6.15-6.30 – Question and Answer time with the audience 6.30-7pm – Drinks, snacks and networking

UQ St Lucia Open Day

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Learning how to plan a successful QTAC application, hearing about scholarships and exchange opportunities and getting tips from current university students are all options for anyone attending the UQ St Lucia Open Day. Visitors to Open Day can explore the St Lucia campus, check out the world-class facilities, learn more about the unique courses and career options at the UQ Centre information hub, meet inspiring teachers and staff and experience the vibrant campus lifestyle.

UQ Sustainability Week

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Sustainability Week is an opportunity for the UQ community to promote and celebrate sustainability across UQ`s campuses and sites. Throughout the week a range of activities and events are hosted across all areas of the University. The program typically includes: - specialist presentations and workshops - tree plantings, bird watching and garden tours - PV solar talks and site tours - forums and panel discussions - film screenings - competitions and challenges to inspire sustainable behaviours

2017 UQ Undergraduate Research Conference

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

The UQ Advantage Office is proud to host the annual UQ Undergraduate Research Conference during UQ`s Research Week. The event showcases some of UQ’s finest undergraduate research projects through oral, poster and elevator pitch presentations. The university wide conference is a great way for students to develop their communication skills, meet other students, and present their research project to the wider UQ community. Students are asked to apply online to present at the conference. All students, staff, alumni and friends are welcome to attend to watch the presentations.

Postgrad Advice Night

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:00:00 +0000

Have your coursework and research questions answered, at UQ`s Postgraduate Advice Night. Discuss your study options, attend seminars, explore the campus and find out how UQ`s world-class postgraduate qualifications can help advance your career.

Teaching and Learning Week 2017

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Teaching and Learning Week is an opportunity for the UQ community to celebrate and share innovative and excellent teaching and learning practices that engage and inspire students. The program is designed to provide staff with opportunities to network and discuss teaching and learning in contemporary contexts, and how this impacts on the student experience and outcomes.