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University to host world neuroscience conference

19 May 2005

University to host world neuroscience conference

NEUROSCIENTISTS in the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston University in Birmingham have announced details of the 'Methods in Mind' Conference, which will be held at the University between 12-16th September 2005. This prestigious, five day event will attract neuroscientists from across the world and is the premier education event in cognitive neurosciences. It will give Aston postgraduate students and staff an unrivalled opportunity to present their work to this international audience.

The conference is an annual educational meeting that first took place in 1998. At the time brain imaging was a relatively new technology and these initial conferences gave working scientists and students the chance to come together to discuss their existing work and explore future possibilities in neuroscience research. The concept was a great success and previous conferences have taken place in locations including London, Washington and Sao Paolo.

Aston University is the ideal location for this year’s conference as the University has both MEG (Magnetoencephalography) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanners, as well as a multi-channelled EEG system, in the Aston Academy of Life Sciences and the Neurosciences Research Institute.

The conference will be chaired by Dr Carl Senior and Dr Gina Rippon from Aston and has attracted high profile speakers including Prof Steven Rose from the UK as well as Profs Matthew Lieberman and Marcus Raichle from the USA. Other speakers include Profs Susan Hurley and Andrew Young and presentations from Prof Stefano Seri and Drs Gareth Barnes, Arjan Hillebrand and Krish Singh from Aston.

Alongside the main conference there will be a number of masterclasses which will enable delegates to learn how to use various brain imaging techniques. These training classes will be organised by postdoctoral Aston students, as the emphasis of these conferences is very much on students and working scientists exchanging ideas.

Attendance at Methods in Mind is free and if you would like to register or to receive a copy of the conference programme please go to the conference WWW site : www.fmriexp.com/

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