The 3rd Nordic Neuroscience Meeting in Helsinki – Day 3

The O’BRAIN Lab is visiting Helsinki to explore the neurosciences of our Nordic neighbors. A daily report.

by Nora Breuer
Franziska Rausch IFB AdipositasErkrankungen (Foto Nora Breuer)

On the agenda are the 3rd Nordic Neuroscience Meeting and a visit to the new lab of group leader Annette Horstmann, who was recently appointed as an Associate Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the Department of Psychology and Logopedics at the University of Helsinki. In a range of posts, we will share some of the highlights of our visit.

We kicked off our last day at NNM with a plenary lecture by Laura Colgin, who came all the way from Austin, Texas, to deliver a lucid and engaging talk about the different roles of fast and slow gamma waves in memory encoding and retrieval. In a series of experiments, her lab showed that fast gamma waves code current spatial positions during encoding, whereas slow gamma waves code future trajectories during successful retrieval. In the symposium that followed, we learned about different ways to study attention and working memory in rodents and human and non-human primates from some of the biggest names on campus, notably Marie Carlén, Mikael Lundqvist, Kimmo Alho, and Satu Palva.

After a well deserved lunch, the O’BRAIN lab took the floor with a whooping seven posters on all things obesity. Vivid and constructive discussions ensued, some of which might possibly even result in future collaboration. In an especially fruitful conversation with Satu and Matias Palva, Nadine got to experience first hand the value of a back and forth with experts on the cutting edge of the field of EEG research.

We rounded off the day with a fast paced tour of Annette’s new scientific home, which includes brand new TMS, MEG, EEG, and reaction time labs as well as an extensive and slightly sci-fi tunnel system under the hospital, which spans what feels like at least a square mile. Back outside, the group dispersed into the Helsinki afternoon, to pursue whatever would settle those overstimulated nerves of ours.

Maria Waltmann, Nadine Herzog, IFB AdiposityDiseases