Eccles Institute of Neuroscience Seminar Series: Optogenetics tools in the study of cortical circuitry

Mr Stephen Rudinski, Neuronal Integration Group, Eccles Institute of Neuroscience, JCSMR, ANU.

Optogenetic methods provide a powerful tool for studying cortical circuitry. As a result, multiple transgenic mouse lines have been developed expressing light-activated channels such as channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2). Functional characterisation of ChR2 expression in these models has enabled their use in studying synaptic interactions between excitatory and inhibitory neurons in the cortex. Additionally, these techniques can be used to examine the impact of long-range thalamic inputs on information processing in cortical domains. Together with real-time light delivery systems, this enables an efficient way to study network connection patterns.

Date & time

3.30–4.30pm 29 June 2012


The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131, Garran Road, ANU


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