Teaser Lecture Südhof

February 25, 2021 5:00 PM

Molecular codes enabling brain function

by Thomas Südhof, Stanford University, USA

For a person to think, act, or feel, the neurons in a person’s brain must communicate continuously, rapidly, and repeatedly. This communication occurs at synapses, specialized junctions between neurons that transfer and compute information on a millisecond timescale. By forming synapses with each other, neurons are organized into vast overlapping neural circuits. As intercellular junctions, synapses are asymmetric with a presynaptic terminal that emits a transmitter signal and a postsynaptic cell that receives this signal. Synapses differ in properties and exhibit distinct types of plasticity, enabling fast information processing as well as learning and memory. Synapses are the most vulnerable component of the brain whose dysfunction initiates multifarious brain disorders. Despite their importance, however, synapses are poorly understood beyond basic principles. Thomas Südhof’s laboratory studies how synapses form in the brain and how their properties are specified, which together organize neural circuits. Moreover, the Südhof laboratory examines how synapses become dysfunctional in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders to pave the way for better therapies.

Teaser Lecture Marine biodervisty

March 1, 2021 1:00 PM

Marine biodiversity advances in a digital era

by Hanieh Saeedi, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum

After a general introduction on how to define normativity, we survey different accounts on the relationship between normative and non-normative properties and the use of our language. In the second part of our talk, we focus on the concept of biodiversity as a case study involving conservation biology techniques and social sciences.

Teaser Widl Lecture

March 2, 2021 5:00 PM

AI in industry

by Andreas Widl, SAMSON AG

Andreas Widl is CEO of the SAMSON AG. SAMSON operates wherever there is controlled flow of oils, gases, vapors or chemical substances. Valves are our core business. With our valves, we are active in a market that has enormous potential for future innovations. We are further expanding the valves' decentralized intelligence. By developing new, smart systems, we are transforming process automation to the benefit of our customers and to achieve greater flexibility, safety and reliability in industrial processes.

Teaser Peter Wild

March 3, 2021 1:00 PM

Challenges in medicine

by Peter Wild, Senckenberg Institute of Pathology

Structured pathological findings, digital histological and radiology images, and molecular data are the basis for personalized medicine, where individual predictions can be made for each individual patient. The Dr. Senckenberg Institute of Pathology is an important and central component for the implementation of the concept of precision medicine.

Teaser Helmstädter

March 4, 2021 9:00 AM

From image to brain function

by Moritz Helmstädter, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main

The goal of the Helmstaedter Department is to decipher how the cerebral cortex stores sensory experience and uses it to detect objects in the current environment. To this end, they develop and apply methods for measuring communication maps of neuronal circuits, connectomes. They strive to push the frontiers of connectomics to make the mapping of neuronal circuits a high-throughput technique.