Neurons, synapses, and the instinct of survival

23 October 2023 18:30 - 19:30 The Royal Society Free Watch online
Neurons computer generated

Francis Crick Medal and Lecture 2023 given by Professor Tiago Branco.

How do millions of connected neurons generate behaviour?

Professor Tiago Branco will discuss how his group is using mouse instinctive behaviours to answer this question. By recording and manipulating the activity of single neurons and their connections, the team is discovering the biological mechanisms behind instinctive decisions, such as when to escape from imminent threat. This work has uncovered molecular and cellular principles of how brains perform fundamental computations, laying important foundations for tackling psychiatric diseases.

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 lectureship was endowed by Sydney Brenner FRS in memory of Francis Crick FRS, the co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule. The first lecture was given in 2003. The medal is of bronze, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.

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