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LMU-Harvard Young Scientists’ Forum 2012

Munich, 07/04/2012

Outstanding junior life scientists from LMU Munich and Harvard University will participate in this year’s LMU-Harvard Young Scientists’ Forum (YSF). The conference, the fourth of its kind, takes place on the Harvard Campus on 7 – 10 July 2012 – and provides a platform for doctoral students, postdocs and established academics from both universities to present and discuss their research projects.

Under the general motto “From Molecules to Organisms”, the annual YSF conference is hosted alternately by LMU Munich and Harvard. The 30 doctoral students and postdocs invited will be joined by established experts in the fields of protein research and neuroscience.

The conference is designed to give a select group of young researchers, chosen from among the most gifted doctoral students and postdocs at LMU and Harvard University, the opportunity to present their projects and findings in thematically organized workshops. Established investigators with wide experience in the fields in question will be on hand to offer suggestions and tips for further advances and future research directions.

“From molecules to organisms”

A series of Faculty Lectures, which will be given in English by six renowned researchers drawn from the staffs of both universities, will offer insights into current developments and problems in the areas of protein research and neuroscience. One of these presentations will deal with innovative optogenetic methods, which provide ways of using light to activate genes and enzymes in living systems. Other talks illuminate the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, and scrutinize the impact of synaptic plasticity on the function of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex.

YSF was established in 2009 in the context of the University’s Institutional Strategy “LMUexcellent” to facilitate academic exchange and joint research projects in the sciences.

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