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Hannah Monyer to give Max Birnstiel Lecture at the IMP

09 Oct 2017

The IMP - Research Institute of Molecular Pathology cordially invites you to attend the talk:

"The function of local and long-range inhibition for spatial coding and memory"
By Prof. Hannah Monyer, Heidelberg University and DKFZ Heidelberg
Date: Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 11.00 a.m.
Venue: IMP Lecture Hall, Campus-Vienna-Biocenter 1, 1030 Vienna

Hannah Monyer is head of the department of clinical neurobiology at the Universitity of Heidelberg and holds a joint professorship with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. She is a leading figure in understanding the molecular and cellular control of brain activity and plasticity.

Brains represent and process information through the coordinated activity of neuronal ensembles. Hannah Monyer uses genetics, physiology and behavior to understand the plasticity and network interactions that shape such ensembles.

She pioneered molecular cloning of NMDA receptors, key elements in synaptic plasticity that link neuronal ensembles at the cellular level, and studied how newly generated neurons contribute to brain plasticity.

She then moved on to investigate how inhibitory interneurons control network oscillations underlying cognitive functions. Her lab found that this oscillatory activity emerges from direct coupling via GAP junctions, as well as long range inhibitory connections that synchronize distantly coupled regions to process spatial information.

Hannah Monyer’s work has been widely recognized and has been honoured by awards such as the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and the Philipp Morris Prize. She is a member of the German Leopoldina, the Academia Europaea and the European Molecular Biology Organisation EMBO, among others.

Further information on Hannah Monyer’s research:

About the Max Birnstiel Lectures

The Max Birnstiel Lectures are a special series of seminars at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna and represent the highest award that the IMP can give to outside scientists. They are named after the founding director of the institute, Max L. Birnstiel, who passed away in 2014. Each year, five to six scientists are invited to deliver one of these lectures, among them a number of Nobel Prize laureates. The Max Birnstiel Lectures attract considerable attention on campus and within the wider scientific community and invariably draw a large audience to the IMP.

Programme of the Max Birnstiel Lectures: