The Provost Lecture Series 7


Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 16:00 to 17:45


Sydney Brenner Lecture Theater B250


Title: Smelling flexibly

Speaker: Professor Izumi Fukunaga, Sensory and Behavioural Neuroscience Unit

Chair: Professor Simone Pigolotti, Biological Complexity Unit



Adapting neural representations to rapidly changing behavioural demands is a powerful property of the nervous system. It is beneficial because an optimal representation of a stimulus depends on what the animal needs to do at a given moment. Accordingly, context-dependent modulation occurs throughout the sensory systems of the brain. Still, we are only beginning to understand the underlying mechanisms. I will share some of our attempts on this quest from our studies on the mouse olfactory system.


Venue: Sydney Brenner Lecture Theater B250


16:00- 17:15: Introduction, Lecture and Q&A

17:15-17:45 Teatime

Seminar video link


The Provost Lecture Series will provide an opportunity to celebrate milestones in the careers of OIST faculty members. It will recognize newly promoted professors and those who have received prestigious awards. It will highlight faculty achievements and create a space for retiring professors to talk about their research accomplishments and lessons learned over the course of their career. It is a way to celebrate OIST faculty, introduce them to the broader OIST community, acknowledge their research successes, share about their teaching and mentorship of students, and honor their service to the university.


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