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22 May Doors open 7:00 pm Starts 7:30 pm Ends 9:00 pm
Chaucer's Pub, 122 Carling Street, London, Ontario,
N6A 1H6
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Inducing aggression in female fruit flies via genetic modification

Brendan Charles (2 nd year MSc. Neuroscience Student)
Fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) are a fantastic model organism commonly used to answer questions in genetics, neuroscience, evolution, human disease, and many other
major scientific fields. Our lab uses genetic modifications to alter the activity of very specific regions of the fruit fly brain. We then take flies with modified brain acivity and assess for changes in their behaviour. Through this approach, we’ve found that hyper-activating a very specific small group of neurons causes female flies to be highly aggressive.

Model animal decision-making by treating animal

Geoff Wild (Professor)
My research aims to model animal decision-making by treating animal behaviour as the rational solution to a dilemma. Ultimately, my goal is to understand how natural selection shapes decision-making and use this to make predictions about adaptive changes in behaviour. In my talk I will outline what my research has said about altruistic decision-making, what my research has to say about the decision to grow rather than reproduce, and I will briefly discuss prospects for future work.

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