BCS Colloquium on the Brain and Cognition featuring Silvia Arber, Ph.D.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Building 46, Singleton Auditorium (46-3002)
43 VASSAR ST, Cambridge, MA 02139

Hans-Lukas Teuber Memorial Lecture and Awards Ceremony: Circuit Solutions for Programming Actions


Movement is the behavioral output of the nervous system. Animals carry out an enormous repertoire of distinct actions, spanning from seemingly simple repetitive tasks like walking to more complex movements such as forelimb manipulation tasks. This lecture will focus on recent work elucidating the organization and function of neuronal circuits at the core of choosing, maintaining, adjusting and terminating distinct motor behaviors. It will show that dedicated circuit modules within different brainstem nuclei and their interactions in the motor system play key roles in action diversification.


Biozentrum, University of Basel

Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland


The Hans-Lukas Teuber Memorial Lecture is made possible by the Robert K. Yin Fund, established in 1998 by Robert K. Yin (BCS Ph.D. 1970), founder and president of Cosmos Corporation. Dr. Yin wished to commemorate the department's founder and first chairman, whose vision continues to inspire and inform the department's work. Dr. Teuber was also a consensus builder and a great teacher—attributes that are celebrated in this lecture series. Speakers include distinguished members from the neuroscience and cognitive science community, who are selected by a small group of graduate students in conjunction with a faculty member.

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