Associate Professor John Bekkers, Cerebral Cortex Laboratory, Eccles Institute of Neuroscience, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU. Friday 3.30-4.30pm.
My talk will be in three parts. In part 1 I will briefly summarise how the piriform cortex (primary olfactory cortex) is being used by members of my laboratory to understand cortical sensory processing. In part 2 I will show how glass micropipettes can be used like a pair of shears to pinch the dendritic tree of a Purkinje neuron, allowing us to study how changes in cytoplasmic resistance affect synaptic integration. Finally, in part 3 I will describe some of our recent findings about persistent firing of action potentials in cortical interneurons, and will suggest that this kind of firing may provide an endogenous brain mechanism for terminating epileptic seizures.