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Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Nov 9-13, 2013

Location: San Diego, California, USA

Professor Michael Ibbotson and Dr. Adam Morris both attended this years SFN Conference in sunny San Diego, California,USA.

The annual meetings of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) are attended by around 30,000 scientists from around the globe and attract world-leaders in every sub-discipline. Thankfully, the duration of the meetings (five days) provides ample opportunity to meet with people, to discuss ideas, share research tools, and establish collaborative projects.

Dr. Adam Morris presentation was “Eye-position signals in primary visual cortex during fixation, saccades, and smooth-pursuit eye movements”.

Dr Morris's research investigates the links between neural activity in the brain, visual perception, and body movements. His results showed that an important visual area of the brain not only encodes the contents of a visual scene, but also the direction in which the eyes are pointing from moment-to-moment. This additional information about eye position could play a crucial role in our ability to locate objects around us and in turn, to generate meaningful goal-directed action. Thus, the results are of broad relevance to many fields in basic neuroscience and also to a range of clinical applications.

The talk was attended by a large audience around 400 and was well received. Many prominent figures were in the audience, including the former president of the Society (who asked Dr Morris a question during the question-time).

Dr Morris was a recipent of the 2013 CASS Foundation travel grants which funded him to attend this event.

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