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CNS Collaborators Day

Every year in September, the Centre for Neuroscience hosts a neuroscience meeting with oral and poster presentations, called Collaborators Day.
During the day, several local and high-profile interstate speakers present their latest research, techniques and methodologies to an audience of 100+ researchers, students and clinicians. The speakers invited each year, change with the theme - which can range from general to specialised areas of neuroscience. Poster sessions allow students and early-career researchers to showcase and discuss their latest work. The day is fully catered for registered attendees.



Registration for the 2016 Collaborators Day is now closed.

The entire event was FREE to those who registered by the deadline (21 September 2016).

See below. Or download the program as a pdf.

Small change to the Program - Dr Beatriz Prieto-Simon is congratulated on the birth of her baby boy! As such, she will not be joining us for Collaborators Day. The presentations will now finish at 4pm, with extra wine and cheese provided for the extended Networking session..

8:00am Registration desk opens   
9:00am Welcome by CNS Convenor
9:10am Session 1   (Chaired by Prof Rainer Haberberger)
  9:10am Prof Colin Raston AO, SA Premier's Professorial Research Fellow, Flinders University
Dynamic thin film microfluidics.
  9:45am Prof Paul Thomas, Professor of Biochemistry and Director of SA Genome Editing, University of Adelaide
Rapid generation of mouse models using CRISPR/CAS9 genome editing.
  10:20am *Official photo of Invited Speakers
10:20am Morning Tea
10:50am Poster Presentations (1-10)
11:30am Return to Lecture Theatre 2
11:40am Session 2   (Chaired by Prof Damien Keating)
  11:40am Prof Steven Swoap, Professor of Biology, Williams College
Mice can be really cool: The neuroscience of torpor.
  12:15pm Dr Valeria Bellan, Postdoc Researcher, University of South Australia
MIRAGE (MIrrors And GEnius).
  12:50pm Prof Akihiro Yamanaka, Professor of Neuroscience, Nagoya University
Hypothalamic neurons regulate sleep/wakefulness and memory.
1:25pm Lunch
2pm Poster Presentations (11-20)
2:40pm Return to Lecture Theatre 2
2:50pm Session 3   (Chaired by Dr Mary-Louise Rogers)
  2:50pm Dr Yoichiro Otsuka, Mary Overton Neuroscience Research Fellow, Flinders University
Involvement of the habenula complex in regulation of autonomic functions.
  3:25pm Prof Amanda Ellis, ARC Future Fellow, Flinders University
Dynamic DNA nanotechnology and towards DNA engineered materials.
4:00pm Concluding Remarks and Poster Presentation Award
4:10pm Networking Session  (Wine and cheese provided)
5:30pm Conclusion

Instructions for Local Speakers
> Your presentation is scheduled for 30mins plus 5mins of questions. Please ensure you adhere to this time frame as closely as possible.
> Presentations should be in Powerpoint format.
> Please bring the presentation with you on a PC-compatible flash drive.
> Laser pointers will be available for speaker use.
> All speakers must return their Registration Form by 5pm Friday, 16th September 2016.

Instructions for International / Interstate Speakers
> Your presentation is scheduled for 30mins plus 5mins of questions. Please ensure you adhere to this time frame as closely as possible.
> Presentations should be in Powerpoint format.
> Please bring the presentation with you on a PC-compatible flash drive.
> Laser pointers will be available for speaker use.
> All speakers must return their Registration Form by 5pm Friday, 16th September 2016.

The poster schedule is below and can also be downloaded as a pdf.


Poster Title

Poster Presenter


Minimum analytical complexity necessary for classification of bipolar disorder

Tyler Grummett
Flinders University


Modulation of colonic sensory signaling by novel α-conotoxin VC1.1 analogues in mice

Dr Annemie Deiteren
University of Adelaide


Increased innervation of the murine vagina in response to inflammation

Esther Ji
Flinders University


Development of an early pre-motor rotenone model of Parkinson’s disease

Michaela Johnson
University of SA


Neuroprotective effect of Undaria pinnatifida fucoidan extracts against Aβ1–42-induced cytotoxicity in PC12 cells

Mousa Alghazwi
Flinders University


From coil to muscle: simulating EMG recordings following TMS

Bahar Moezzi
University of SA


Characterization of two types of rhythmic electrical behaviour in mouse colonic smooth muscle

Tim Hibberd
Flinders University


The microbiota-gut-inflammasome-brain axis

Antonio Inserra
SAHMRI / Flinders Uni


Serotonin Distribution in the Colon: Insights from Computational Biology

Helen Dockrell
Flinders University


Nav1.8 is required for mechanosensation in hypersensitive colonic afferents

Andelain Erickson


The nutrient sensing repertoire of mouse enterochromaffin cells is dictated by gastrointestinal location

Alyce Martin
Flinders University
*Winner of the Poster Prize for 2016.


The effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on corticobulbar excitability and swallowing

Dr Sebastian Doeltgen
Flinders University


Development of a model of chronic inflammation in the murine vagina

Harman Sharma
Flinders University


Collaborative use of Genomatix software at Flinders

Dr Amanda Lumsden
Flinders University


50B11 cells as a peripheral sensory neuron model for sphingolipid and neurotrophin signalling

Jastrow Canlas
Flinders University


Colonic nociceptive pathways are potently activated by ciguatoxin with greatest efficacy in a model of chronic visceral hypersensitivity

Ashlee Caldwell
University of Adelaide


Characterisation of a Single Class of Sensory Neurons in Skeletal Muscle

Rochelle Peterson
Flinders University


The identification of novel irritant sensing mechanisms in the bladder

Dr Luke Grundy


Delivery of labelled TrkC antibody to neonatal mice

Lauren Jones
Flinders University


Identification of spinal afferent endings in the urinary bladder which encode noxious and innocuous stimuli using a novel anterograde tracing technique

Sarah Greenhalgh
Flinders University


> Posters can be on any topic related to neuroscience.
> Posters can have been presented at other events. They do not need to be created specifically for this event.
> Each poster board is 1.2m high x 1.8m wide, so posters need to fit within these dimensions.
> Velcro dots are the preferred method of attachment and will be supplied at the venue, if needed.
> All poster presenters must return their Registration Form, including poster title, by the extended deadline of 10am Monday, 19th September 2016.

Posters from Flinders Medical Centre / Flinders University staff and students should be physically handed in to the CNS Secretary by 12 noon Wednesday, 21st September 2016. Staff and students from external organisations can hand their posters in at the Registration Desk prior to 8:30am on the day of the event.
Posters will be available for collection immediately following the final networking session of the event (5:30pm) or anytime after that (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) from the Anatomy & Histology Office (room 6E121, Level 6, Flinders Medical Centre).

Lecture Theatre 2 is located on Level 5 of the Flinders Medical Centre, in the suburb of Bedford Park, Adelaide.
Below is a Flinders University campus map and a map of level 5 of Flinders Medical Centre, both highlighting the location of Lecture Theatre 2.
>Flinders University Campus Map (including Flinders Medical Centre): Pdf, 375KB
> Level 5, Building E, Flinders Medical Centre Map: Pdf, 179KB

The campus map above highlights 2 of the most common entry points to Flinders Medical Centre, for navigating to Lecture Theatre 2. They are the Main Entrance and the Level 5E entrance.
The Main Entrance is accessed via Flinders Drive. The level 5E entrance is accessed from Flinders University's Carpark 1.
> How to get to LT2 from the Main Entrance: Pdf, 500KB
> How to get to LT2 via the Level 5E entrance (from Carpark 1): Pdf, 325KB

Which of these entry points is the best option for attendees, will be determined by their method of transport:
Public Transport
If arriving by bus then the Main Entrance is your best option. Adelaide Metro Bus Services drop-off and pick-up only a few feet away from the Main Entrance of the Medical Centre.
Private Transport
> If you are being dropped off
- the Main Entrance is a convenient and regular drop-off point.
- Carpark 1 also has a few drop-off points, at the mouth of its entrance (where the ticket machines used to be). From here, the Level 5E Entrance would be your best access point for FMC.
> If you have a Flinders "Blue" parking permit
- blue parking spaces are only available on the top tier of Carpark 1. When entering the carpark from University Drive, the road splits into 3 tiers - take the tier furtherest to your left to find the blue parking spaces. Then follow the instructions for finding LT2, via the Level 5E Entrance of FMC.
> If you have a Flinders "Visitor" Scratch parking permit
- 1-day visitor parking permits can be used for all of Carpark 1 (except car-pooling and motorcycle spaces). Attendees from other institutions can apply to the CNS Secretary for a 1 day visitor parking permit for this event. If using a visitor permit, please don't forget to scratch out the relevant date and place it on your dashboard so the parking inspectors can easily see it.
> If normal non-permitted parking is required
- Flinders Medical Centre has a parking structure to the left of the Main Entrance, which is open to the public. The cost is determined by the length of your stay, so cost would be approximately $13 to occupy a space for the entire Collaborators Day event. Please note that this parking structure fills very quickly, so best to get in early if this is your preferred option.

CNS Collaborators Day 2016



Thursday, 22nd September
9:00am - 5:30pm
Lecture Theatre 2, Level 5,
Flinders Medical Centre
*You must register to attend this event.

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