Journal Club

This is a monthly journal club organised by the OIST Neuroscience Club.

Papers can be presented by anyone, and even co-presented by researchers from different units, e.g. a computationalist and an experimentalist, to increase the diversity of scientific thought and discussion. All staff, students, and visitors are welcome to attend, irrespective of unit or research area.

2021 organisers: T.Mokhothu (, and Y.Kajihara (
2019-2020 organisers: T.Burns and M. ElTabbal.

2021 schedule 





Thursday, February 25th 4.30pm 

Striatal bilateral control of skilled forelimb movement

Gordon Arbuthnott


Thursday, April 1st  4.00pm 

The sifting of visual information in the superior colliculus 

Deviana David


Thursday, May 13th 4.00pm 

How a mouse licks a spout: Cortex-dependent corrections as the tongue reaches for, and misses, targets 

M. ElTabbal


Friday, May 28th 4.00pm 

Rapid Activation of Plasticity-Associated Gene Transcription in Hippocampal Neurons Provides a Mechanism for Encoding of One-Trial Experience

Environment-specific expression of the immediate-early gene Arc in hippocampal neuronal ensembles

Kazumasa Tanaka


Thursday, June 24th 4.00pm 

Biasing the content of hippocampal replay during sleep

Aditi Pophale


Thursday, July 29th  4.00pm 

Age-related loss of axonal regeneration is reflected by the level of local translation

Emily Maria


Thursday, August 26th  4.00pm 

Synaptic plasticity-dependent competition rule influences memory formation

Viviane Saito


Thursday, September 30th  4.00pm 

Single cortical neurons as deep artificial neural networks

Tom Burns


Thursday, November 4th 10am 

Special Seminar: Neuroscience past, present and future.

Gordon Arbuthnott

Zoom, B250

Thursday, December 2nd  4.00pm 

Plasticity of olfactory bulb inputs mediated by dendritic NMDA-spikes in rodent piriform cortex 

Gaston Sivori




2020 schedule

Date Paper Presenter Location
Thursday 12 March, 4:30pm Isolated cortical computations during delta waves support memory consolidation Tom Burns

C209, Ctr Bldg

Thursday 9 April, 4:30pm Nested neuronal dynamics orchestrate a behavioral hierarchy across timescales M. ElTabbal Zoom
Thursday 14 May, 4:30pm Creating a False Memory in the Hippocampus Lorena Andreoli Zoom
Thursday 11 June, 4:30pm Required growth facilitators propel axon regeneration across complete spinal cord injury Lina Koronfel Zoom
Thursday 9 July, 4:30pm A kinematic synergy for terrestrial locomotion shared by mammals and birds Salvatore Lacava Zoom
Thursday 13 August, 4:30pm & Thursday 20 August, 4:30pm Impact of α-synuclein pathology on transplanted hESC-derived dopaminergic neurons in a humanized α-synuclein rat model of PD Gordon Arbuthnott Zoom
Thursday 10 September, 4:30pm Spatial and Temporal Regulation of Receptor Endocytosis in Neuronal Dendrites Revealed by Imaging of Single Vesicle Formation Sarah Nagasawa Zoom
Thursday 8 October, 4:30pm A Multi-Brain Framework for Social Interaction Katja Sangati Zoom
Thursday 12 November, 4:30pm EthoLoop: automated closed-loop neuroethology in naturalistic environments Sam Reiter Zoom
Thursday 10 December, 4:30pm Cerebellar Directed Optogenetic Intervention Inhibits Spontaneous Hippocampal Seizures in a Mouse Model of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Thato Mokhothu Zoom

Presentation slides submitted from speakers during 2020.


2019 schedule

Date Paper Presenter(s) Location
Thursday 13 June, 4:00pm Why Neurons Have Thousands of Synapses, a Theory of Sequence Memory in Neocortex Tom Burns & M. ElTabbal

B700, Lab 3

Thursday 17 July, 4:00pm Thalamocortical Axonal Activity in Motor Cortex Exhibits Layer-Specific Dynamics during Motor Learning M. ElTabbal B700, Lab 3