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Love, smell and memory: exploring the brain circuits for learned and innate behaviour

Prize lecture

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18:30 - 19:30


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Francis Crick Lecture 2019 given by Dr Gregory Jefferis

Ten metres of neuronal wiring inside the brain of the vinegar fly. Visualisation by Philipp Schlegel, University of Cambridge/MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Neuronal tracing by the full adult fly brain community.

How does the genome encode behaviour through the development of the nervous system? What makes male and female brains different? What is different about brain circuits for learned and unlearned behaviour?

Gregory Jefferis will provide answers to these questions from his group's work on the fruit fly, Drosophila. They are using the latest technologies to study animal behaviour and to monitor and perturb neurons. They are also using the new science of connectomics to map the neuronal wiring diagram of this tiny but sophisticated brain. Together this is revealing some of the core logic by which brains process information and control behaviour, principles that are likely shared all the way to humans.

The prize lecture will be webcast live and the video recording of the event will be available shortly after the event.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Doors open from 6pm and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • This event may be popular and entry cannot be guaranteed
  • Live subtitles will be available
  • British Sign Language interpretation will be available on request. Please let the Events team know if you plan to attend at least two weeks prior to the event
  • Travel and accessibility information

The award

The Francis Crick Medal and Lecture is awarded annually in any field in the biological sciences. Preference is given to genetics, molecular biology and neurobiology, the general areas in which Francis Crick worked, and to fundamental theoretical work, which was the hallmark of Crick’s science.

The Francis Crick Medal and Lecture 2019 is awarded to Dr Gregory Jefferis for his fundamental discoveries concerning the development and functional logic of sensory information processing.

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Love, smell and memory: exploring the brain circuits for learned and innate behaviour

Francis Crick Lecture 2019 given by Dr Gregory Jefferis

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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