HT Chang Memorial Lecture
Dr. Graham L. Collingridge is a British neuroscientis and professor at the University of Toronto and at the University of Bristol. He is also a senior investigator at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Professor Collingridge's research focuses on the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in health and disease, in particular, understanding synaptic plasticity in molecular terms and how pathological alterations in these processes may lead to major brain disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. Professor Collingridge was with Professors Tim Bliss and Richard Morris as the first UK scientists to share the Brain Prize, one of the world's most coveted science prizes.
CP Wu Memorial Lecture
Dr. Abdel El Manira is a Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute. His laboratory has long been making fundamental contributions to the understanding of the neural control of locomotion. His studies in this area are transforming our view of spinal motor-control systems and setting a new agenda for future research in this area. Professor El Manira is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Academy of Sciences and Technologies of Morocco, and the Academy of Europe. He is also a member of the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute.
Trevor Robbins was appointed in 1997 as the Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. He was formerly Professor of Experimental Psychology (and Head of Department) at Cambridge from October 2002-October 2017. He is also Director of the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute (BCNI), jointly funded by the Medical Research Council and the Welcome Trust. The mission of the BCNI is to inter-relate basic and clinical research in psychiatry and neurology for such conditions as Parkinson's, Huntington's, and Alzheimer's diseases, frontal lobe injury, schizophrenia, depression, drug addiction and developmental syndromes such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Trevor's current research is focused on impulsive-compulsive disorders (such as OCD and drug addiction) and fronto-striatal systems of the brain. In 2018 he became an Honorary Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai.