Sensory Research in Göttingen

Sensory Lecture

Future Sensory Lectures:

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Past Sensory Lectures:

December 11th, 2014, 12:00 noon, Lecture room 552 in Klinikum
"How does the mouse auditory cortex represent communication calls?"
Prof. Günter Ehret
Institute of Neurobiology, Ulm University
PDF: Prof. Günter Ehret
Ehret laboratory

June 26th, 2014, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Mechanisms regulating the assembly and integrity of vertebrate synapses"
Prof. Craig Garner
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
PDF: Abstract
Garner laboratory

June 24th, 2014, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Brain centric approaches to designs and applications of cochlear prostheses"
Prof. Blake S Wilson
Duke Hearing Center, Duke University
PDF: Abstract
Wilson laboratory

May 20th, 2014, 12:00 noon, Lecture Hall LO1 (Von-Siebold-Str. 6)
"Looking at vision and behavior from visual cortex"
Prof. Matteo Carandini
UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London
PDF: Abstract
Carandini laboratory

June 5th, 2014, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Towards opto-magnetic physiology: Optogenetic probing of cortico-thalamic Calcium waves in vivo"
Prof. Albrecht Stroh
Institute for Microscopic Anatomy and Neurobiology, Mainz University Medical Center
PDF: Prof. Albrecht Stroh
Stroh laboratory

March 17th, 2014, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Specialized synapses compute visual information in the retina"
Dr. Jeffrey S. Diamond
Synaptic Physiology Section, NINDS Intramural Research Program, National Institutes of Health
PDF: Dr. Jeffrey S. Diamond
PDF: Abstract
Diamond laboratory

March 10th, 2014, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"The Forbidden Experiment: Can the developing brain accommodate scrambled sensory input?"
Prof. Robert V Shannon
Department of Otolaryngology, University of Southern California
PDF: Prof. Robert V Shannon
Shannon laboratory

Feb 13th, 2014, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Input-dependent control of neuronal diversity within visual thalamic circuits"
Prof. Denis Jabaudon
Department of Basic Neurosciences, University of Geneva
PDF: Prof. Denis Jabaudon
PDF: Abstract
Jabaudon laboratory

Dec 12th, 2013, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Inhibitory and modulatory inputs influence the input-output function of gerbil spherical bushy cells"
Dr. Thomas Künzel
Department of Zoology and Animal Physiology, RWTH Aachen University
PDF: Dr. Thomas Künzel
Künzel laboratory

Dec 16th, 2013, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Animal studies of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS): evidence for reorganisation of neural circuits and frequency specific effects"
Prof. Jennifer Rodger
School of Animal Biology, The University of Western Australia
PDF: Prof. Jennifer Rodger
Rodger laboratory

Jan 9th, 2014, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Optogenetics – a look behind the scenes"
Dr. Sonja Kleinlogel
Department of Physiology, University of Bern
PDF: Dr. Sonja Kleinlogel
Kleinlogel laboratory

Nov 27th, 2013, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Molecular and cellular differences between tissue polarity and translational polarity in mammalian cochlear epithelium"
Dr. Mireille Montcouquiol
Neuroscience Institute, University of Bordeaux
PDF: Dr. Mireille Montcouquiol
Montcouquiol laboratory

Sept 19th, 2013, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Passing time in the ventral cochlear nucleus"
Dr. Ian Winter
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge
PDF: Dr. Ian Winter
Winter laboratory

July 25th, 2013, 12:00 noon, Lecture room 552 in Klinikum
"The role of the parietal priority map in guiding visual attention"
Dr. James Bisley
Brain Research Institute, University of California
PDF: Dr. James Bisley
Bisley laboratory

June 27th, 2013, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Stimulus-specific adaptation in the auditory system"
Prof. Israel Nelken
Department of Neurobiology, The Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel
PDF: Prof. Israel Nelken
Nelken laboratory

June 13th, 2013, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Temporal fine-tuning of synaptic efficacy"
Prof. Sumiko Mochida
Department of Physiology Tokyo Medical University, Japan
PDF: Prof. Sumiko Mochida
Mochida laboratory

April 24th, 2013, 12:00 noon, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Role of Cav1 channels in sensory neurons"
Prof. Alexandra Koschak
Department for Neurophysiology and -pharmacology, Medical University Vienna
PDF: Prof. Alexandra Koschak
PDF: Abstract
Koschak laboratory

Jan. 31th, 2013, 5pm ct, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Role of ephrin signaling pathway during cochlear development"
Prof. Brigitte Malgrange
GIGA-Neurosciences, Universität de Liège, Belgium
pdf: Dr. Brigitte Malgrange

Nov. 22nd, 2012, 5pm ct, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Relating synaptic dynamics to circuit function"
Dr. Joshua Singer
Department of Biology, University of Maryland
PDF: Dr. Joshua Singer
Singer laboratory

Nov. 15th, 2012, 5pm ct, MPIem Lecture Hall
"How the visual brain synthesizes objects from the many visual features that surround us"
Prof. Pieter Roelfsema
Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
PDF: Prof. Pieter Roelfsema
Roelfsema laboratory

Jul. 24th, 2012 5pm ct, MPIem Lecture Hall
"How active is visual perception?"
Prof. Michele Rucci
Department of Psychology, Boston University
PDF: Prof. Michele Rucci
Rucci laboratory

May 31st, 2012 5pm ct, MPIem Lecture Hall
"What makes a cortical column?"
Prof. Prof. Heiko Luhmann
Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany
PDF: Prof. Prof. Heiko Luhmann
Luhmann laboratory

May. 14th, 2012 5pm ct, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Molecular Mechanics of Sensory Transduction in the Inner Ear."
Prof. David Corey
Harvard Medical School, Boston
PDF: Prof. David Corey
Corey laboratory

Apr. 23rd, 2012 5pm ct, MPIem Lecture Hall
"On calcium channels, synapses and sandwiches"
Prof. Elise Stanley
Department of Physiology, University of Toronto
PDF: Prof. Elise Stanley
Stanley laboratory

Mar. 14th, 2012 5pm ct, Lecture Hall 91/92 in Klinikum
"Challenges and Feasibility of Stimulating the Neurons with Infrared Optical Radiation"
Prof. Claus-Peter Richter
Department of Otolaryngology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
PDF: Prof. Claus-Peter Richter
Richter laboratory

Dec. 15th, 2011, 5pm ct, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Type II cochlear afferents and second-class ribbon synapses"
Prof. Paul Fuchs
Johns Hopkins Medical School
PDF: Prof. Paul Fuchs
Fuchs laboratory

Nov. 29th, 5pm ct, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Changing Brains"
Prof. Hubert Dinse
Institute for Neuroinformatics, Department of Theoretical Biology
Ruhr-University Bochum
PDF: Prof. Hubert Dinse
Dinse laboratory

Oct. 19th, 2011, 5pm ct, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Spatial hearing for complex auditory scenes"
Prof. John Middlebrooks
University of California at Irvine, USA
PDF: Prof. John Middlebrooks
Middlebrooks laboratory

Sept. 5th, 2011, 5pm ct, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Modes of Exo- and Endocytosis and their Regulation at Central Synapses"
Prof. Dr. med. Ling-gang Wu, PhD
National Institute of Health
Bethesda, Maryland
PDF: Dr. Ling-Gang Wu
Wu laboratory

August 16th, 2011, 5pm ct, MPIem Lecture Hall
"Circuits that regulate cortical development and plasticity"
Dr. Patrick Kanold
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
PDF: Dr. Patrick Kanold
Kanold laboratory

Thursday, June 30th, 2011, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"Effects of auditory deprivation on cortical rate and time codes"
Prof. Dr. med. Andrej Kral, PhD
Professor of Auditory Neuroscience
Medical University Hannover
Adjunct Professor of Cognition & Neuroscience
University of Texas at Dallas, USA
PDF: Prof. Andrej Kral
Kral laboratory

Thursday, June 9th, 2011, 2pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"Desynchronization of multivesicular release controls Purkinje cell firing"
Dr. Jacques Wadiche
Department of Neurobiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
PDF: Dr. Jacques Wadiche
Wadiche laboratory

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"Role of Plasticity at an Auditory Synapse"
Dr. Matthew Xu-Friedman
Department of Biological Sciences
State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York
PDF: Dr. Matthew Xu-Friedman

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"Development of phase locking in the barn owl�s auditory nerve:
The emergence of extreme temporal precision"
Dr. Christine K�ppl
Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
PDF: Dr. Christine K�ppl

Wednesday, Sept. 29th, 2010, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"Diversity among the synaptotagmins"
Prof. Dr. Edwin R. Chapman
UW-Madison Medical School
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Department of Physiology
Madison, Wisconsin
PDF: Dr. Edwin R. Chapman

Monday, Sept. 6th, 2010, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"Dynamics of spontaneous and sensory evoked synaptic inputs of
cortical neurons in anesthetized and awake rats"
Dr. Ilan Lampl
The Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot, Isreal
PDF: Dr. Ilan Lampl

Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"New genes involved in deafness from large-scale mouse screens."
Prof. Karen Steel
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Hinxton, Cambridge, UK
PDF: Prof. Karen Steel

Tuesday April 13th, Seminar Room, MPI-EM
"Neural Control of Locomotion - from Joint Control to Active Locomotor Behavior"
Prof Dr. Ansgar Bueschges (University of Cologne)

Thursday, March 4th, 2010, 5pm ct, Lecture Hall of the MPI for exp. med.
"Neural correlates of decision processes in parietal cortexï"
Roozbeh Kiani, PhD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Department of Neurobiology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA, USA
Sponsor: CSN, Sensory, BCCN Lecture
PDF: Roozbeh Kiani, Ph.D

Monday, December 14, 2009, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"Breaking the Silence: Identification of the Molecules that Orchestrate Sound Perception"
Martin Schwander, PhD
The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, USA
PDF: Martin Schwander, Ph.D

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"Synaptic Inhibition Accelerates Odor Discrimination in Mice"
Prof. Dr. Thomas Kuner
Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology
University of Heidelberg
PDF: Prof. Dr. Thomas Kuner

Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"In vivo imaging of mechanosensitive calcium transients in nascent hair cells"
Teresa Nicolson, Ph.D
Oregon Hearing Research Center and Vollum Institute
PDF: Teresa Nicolson, Ph.D

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"Adaptive coding of an auditory spatial cue"
Prof. Dr. David McAlpine
Professor of Auditory Neuroscience and Director of the Ear Institute
UCL Ear Institute
332 Grays Inn Road, London
PDF: Prof. Dr. David McAlpine

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"Functional auditory hair cells produced in the mammalian cochlea
by in utero gene transfer"
Prof. Dr. John Brigande,
Dept. of Otolaryngology, OHSU Portland
PDF: Prof. Dr. John Brigande

Tuesday, 07.07.2009 17 c.t.
Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Seminarraum Haus 2, 4. Stock
"Encoding of Color Information by the Retina"
Dr. Ronen Segev
Israel, Ben Gurion University
PDF: Dr. Ronen Segev

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"Matrix, motors and sensory mechanotransduction"
Gary R. Lewin Ph.D., Professor, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin
Molecular Physiology of Somatic Sensation
Department of Neuroscience
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
PDF: G.R. Lewin

Wednesday, 15th of April 2009, 5pm ct, MPI em Lecture Hall
"Quantal size and multiquantal release at a hair cell synapse"
Henrique von Gersdorff, Ph.D. Associate Professor
The Vollum Institute
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
PDF: H. von Gersdorff