Tap into the deep recesses of the mind

Throughout our lives we accumulate a treasure chest of memories along with a Pandora’s Box of fears, although exactly how these gems are formed and processed, and why, remains somewhat of a mystery. For something considered an early adaptation for mammalian survival, why are memories and fear so entangled with human consciousness and mental health?

Join our fearless panel to delve into human minds and the wealth of new research that could one day help clinicians to modify memories and fears for patients with PTSD or Schizophrenia, or restore them in patients with Alzheimer’s or brain injuries.

Meet the UQ presenter

Pankaj Sah

I am Director of the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland; Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Science of Learning Research Centre; and Editor-in-Chief of the new Nature Partner Journal npj Science of Learning.

I’m well-known for research into neural circuits in the amygdala, an area of the brain involved in emotional processing.

I have a medical degree from The University of New South Wales, and a PhD from The Australian National University (ANU). After postdoctoral work at the University of California and UQ, I established my own lab at the University of Newcastle in 1994, then became a group leader at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU in 1997, before joining QBI as a founding member in 2003.

My lab studies the amygdala using a combination of molecular tools, electrophysiology, anatomical reconstruction and calcium imaging. More recently we’ve been doing electrophysiological recordings in patients undergoing deep brain stimulation for the treatment of movement disorders in Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and Tourette’s syndrome. I’ve published more than 110 papers in international peer reviewed journals.

I was one of the key members in a successful grant application for $16 million in funding from the Australian Research Council to support the Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC). The SLRC brings together neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists and experts in education to understand the learning process.

Adult: $30
Concession: $25
Student: $10

About UQ at World Science Festival Brisbane

The University of Queensland is proud to partner with the Queensland Museum for the third World Science Festival Brisbane from 21-25 March 2018.

Held annually in New York since 2008 the World Science Festival is now one of the most celebrated science festivals in the world, and this year it's coming back to Brisbane!

The University of Queensland will showcase our expertise across all aspects of science through talks, panels and engaging science demonstrations during World Science Festival Brisbane.

Full program.


State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101, Australia
SLQ Auditorium