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This year's Anatomical Society Summer Meeting - Human Cerebral Cortex Development - is to be hosted by Oxford at St John's College between Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th July. 

Many human psychiatric and neurological conditions have developmental origins. Rodent models are extremely valuable for the investigation of brain development, but cannot provide insight into aspects that are specifically human. The human cerebral cortex has some unique genetic, molecular, cellular and anatomical features which need to be further explored.

At the winter meeting of the Anatomical Society in 2010, the symposium focused on development of the human cerebral cortex cortex (see special issue of the Journal of Anatomy, Volume217, Issue4). At that time a renaissance in the study of human brain development was getting underway made possible by the availability of new techniques, such as generation of human neural stem cells and organoids ex vivo, in utero MRI, and RNAseq and resources such as the Human Developmental Biology Resource and the Allen Brain Atlas.

Eight years later, the time has come to review the spectacular progress made since the last meeting. An international cast of speakers will provide insights into the cellular and molecular features of human cortical expansion and evolution, uniquely human features of cortical circuit formation, the development of the subplate in health and disease, and the origins of human cortical malformations, amongst other topics. 

DPAG's very own Professor Zoltán Molnár will be co-chairing the meeting, along with Professor Gavin Clowry, from the University of Newcastle.

Registration is now open for this event. Earlybird registration closes on Thursday 31st May 2018; registration closes on Friday 15th June 2018. And abstract submission closes Friday 22nd June 2018.

For more information, click here.

And to find out more about Anatomy at Oxford, click here.

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