We are pleased to offer several different PhD projects to start in October 2015. Read More
A new Director has been appointed to run the Medical Research Council’s Institute of Hearing Research (IHR) at The University of Nottingham. Read More
Unless stated otherwise, seminars are held at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research Nottingham University Section (click here for details on how to find the Institute).
27th January 2015, 1 pm : Combining transcranial electrical stimulation with MEG - A step towards better tinnitus treatments? Talk by Nathan Weisz
This seminar will be presented by Dr. Nathan Weisz (Center for Mind / Brain Sciences, University of Trento)
Despite some dispute on the finedetails, a growing consensus holds that tinnitus is a consequence of a dysfunctional excitatoryinhibitory balance in auditory brain regions. Different neuroscientifically based treatment approaches have been developed, to which also various forms of brain stimulation techniques belong. As with most treatment approaches, clinical outcomes of brain stimulation are largely disappointing. This of course could or is partially related to our meagre understanding of tinnitus on the level of mechanisms, but also could be to a large extent tied to our ignorance of what actually really happens during brain stimulation. In humans, relying on noninvasive techniques, simultaneous monitoring of brain activity is difficult due to the enormous artifacts that are caused by the brain stimulation. In my talk I will pick up on the growing interest in transcranial electrical stimulation and its oscillatory variant (tACS). I will show that combined MEGtACS is not only possible, but that using beamforming oscillatory brain activity can also be resolved in great detail at the actual stimulation frequency. Time permitting I will show first results from an ongoing study investigating the effect of tACS on the auditory steadystate response. I intend to conclude my talk by discussing the implications of these advances on the development of tinnitus treatments using transcranial electrical stimulation.
3rd February 2015, 1 pm : Talk by Kenneth Harris. 'Diverse coupling of neurons to populations in sensory cortex'
This seminar will be presented by Prof. Kenneth Harris (Institute of Neurology and the Department of Physiology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience, University College London)
10th February 2015, 1 pm : Talk by Nick Haywood. Title TBA
This seminar will be presented by Dr. Nick Haywood (The Ear Institute, University College London)