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Research Seminar: Dorsal striatum coding for the timely execution of action sequences

María Cecilia Martínez discusses her research towards understanding how rewarded learning works in rat brains in an upcoming online seminar.

In 2023’s first virtual conference of the Sociedad Argentina de Investigación en Neurociencia, 2022 Ben Barres Spotlight Award winner María Cecilia Martínez will discuss her ongoing research in the area of freely moving electrophysiology to study striatal activity in a rewarded task.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session, chaired by eLife Senior Editor Kate Wassum, dedicated to answering your questions about publishing with eLife.

*UPDATED TIME* Join Friday, March 31, at 8pm CEST | 7pm BST | 3pm ART | 2pm EDT | 11am PDT

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The session is hosted by the Sociedad Argentina de Investigación en Neurociencia (SAN); it will last approx. 80 mins and be run on Zoom.

About the speakers:

María Cecilia Martínez
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

María Cecilia Martínez is an Argentinian neuroscientist interested in the mechanisms involved in learning in rodents. She’s a member of the Sociedad Argentina de Investigación en Neurociencias and a researcher at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) – National Research Council CONICET (IFIBIO Houssay, UBA-CONICET). Her past works include an eLife article that investigates an important topic related to the initiation signals of action sequences detected in the dorsal striatum, which eLife editors and reviewers deemed would “substantially advance the field”. She was awarded a Ben Barres Spotlight Award in 2022.

Kate Wassum
eLife Senior Editor

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States

Kate Wassum is a Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience in the Psychology Department at UCLA. Her research focuses on the neural signals and circuits underlying appetitive associative learning, motivated behaviour and decision-making, and how dysfunction in these mechanisms can produce the maladaptive behaviour underlying mental illness. Her lab uses a multidisciplinary approach, combining behavioural procedures rooted in the rich traditions of learning theory with advanced systems neuroscience and molecular methods.

About the Ben Barres Spotlight Awards:

The Ben Barres Spotlight Awards are run annually by eLife to provide visibility and funds to researchers from underrepresented groups in biology and medicine or from countries with limited research funding. The awards are named in memory of our late colleague, transgender researcher and fervent advocate for equality in science, Ben Barres. The awards are open to eligible authors of preprints with publicly available reviews as well as authors published in eLife. Reviewers for these awards focus primarily on the catalytic potential of the funds towards overcoming barriers and unlocking new opportunities for the applicants’ research and career.