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British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience

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A new work on a forgotten neuroscientist...

On 19 October Malcolm Macmillan from the School of Psychological Sciences of the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia had his Snowy Campbell: Australian Pioneer Investigator of the Human Brain published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in Melbourne.

Beginning in 1901 Campbell began investigating the cytoarchitectonic structure of the whole human brain and published his findings between then and 1904.  In 1905, when his Histological Studies on the Localisation of Cerebral Function was published by the Royal Society (London) it immediately made him the world authority on the subject.  By the 1930s his work was overshadowed by the similar but later work of Korbinian Brodmann.  Today he and his work are barely known even in Australia.

Although Campbell left no diaries, letters, or drafts of his papers Macmillan presents much information about his life and education in Australia, his life as a medical student in Edinburgh, and his research career and personal life in Britain and Australia.  Born in Murrumburrah NSW in 1868, Campbell entered Edinburgh’s medical school at age seventeen by way of an entrance examination set at the level of a Bachelor’s degree.  Before graduating he decided on a career in what was then called ‘mental science.’  After graduation he visited the most advanced centres in Vienna and Prague where a largely neurologically based psychiatry was beginning to emerge.  In Prague, Campbell completed his M.D. research which Edinburgh judged worthy of competing for a Gold Medal.  In 1892, he was appointed to the Lancashire County Lunatic Asylum at Rainhill near Liverpool where he worked until 1905.

Campbell returned to Australia in late 1905, after his main work was published.  He then married and established himself as a neurologist.  He investigated the localisation of function in the cerebellum and, for Sherrington, in the brain of the gorilla, and published on a range of little-understood neurological conditions.  During WWI Campbell dealt with the neurological casualties from Gallipoli in a Cairo army hospital, and wrote a most perceptive paper on neuroses in war.  After the War he joined a group investigating what is now known as Murray Valley Encephalitis.

The price of the book is $Au44.00 and is available from Australian Scholarly Publishing [enquiry@scholarly.info]


The Royal Society
along with the scientific organisers (Professor Brian Butterworth FBA, Professor Charles Gallistel and Professor Giorgio Vallortigara) is organising an upcoming scientific discussion meeting in London entitled ‘The origins of numerical abilities’ which may be of interest to the members of the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience.
This meeting, which takes place on 20 – 21 February 2017, will explore the cognitive foundations of numerical abilities in humans and other animals. These meetings aim to provide a platform for leaders in the field, as well as early career scientists, to meet for networking and discussion. More information on the speakers and programme can be found on the website: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/02/numerical-abilities/. There is also a call for posters which may be of interest to early career scientists and students.

Please click here for a flyer for the event

The Royal Society of Medicine
are running an event on Monday 28th of November in collaboration with Live Music Now entitled:

Examining the utility of music interventions for children with learning disabilities

Please click here to download a flyer with all the details


Inspire the next generation in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!

I'm a Scientist is an online outreach competition funded by the Wellcome Trust, where scientists talk to curious school students at imascientist.org.uk, Members of the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience are invited to take part in the next event!
I'm a Scientist is a novel and exciting way to develop your communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on your research, and find out what young people all over the country really think about science and the role of scientists. You could also win £500 for your own science outreach activities!

Apply to be part of I'm a Scientist, running between the 7th and 18th November, at: imascientist.org.uk/scientist-apply

In the event, you'll get to answer online questions from students and engage directly with classes in live, text-based, chats alongside fellow scientists. Students then vote for their favourite scientist over the two weeks, who wins the £500 prize.

Everything in the event happens online at imascientist.org.uk so it's simple to take part from your laptop at work or your phone at home. Find out what researchers from the recent June event thought about their experiences: 'I was amazed by the variety of questions that the students asked during the event, and in particular with how insightful they were'

Apply to take part by Monday 26th September, and read more, at imascientist.org.uk/scientists

For more info, contact antony@gallomanor.com or call 01225 326 892


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