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The LMU-Harvard Young Scientists Forum 2013

Munich, 07/04/2013

This year‘s LMU-Harvard Young Scientists’ Forum (YSF), the fifth in the series, is hosted by LMU and takes place on 9 - 12 July. The Forum provides a platform for interdisciplinary discussions in the fields of protein research and the neurosciences. The overall goal of the YSF is to further strengthen academic and personal ties between the two universities. Over 50 junior researchers and established investigators will attend – mostly from LMU and Harvard University, but the Technische Universität München (TUM), the Helmholtz Center Munich and the Max Planck Institutes based in the city will also be represented. The Forum is held in alternate years at Harvard University in Cambridge (Mass.) and at LMU’s Center for Advanced Studies in Munich.

The Forum’s recurring theme is expressed in its motto: “From Molecules to Organisms”. This neatly captures the spirit of an event that brings graduate students and faculty in the fields of Chemistry and Pharmacy together with colleagues from the areas of Biology, Psychology and Medicine. All the findings reported at the Forum are based on the use of state-of-the-art methods in modern biosciences. In order to promote dialog between the various biological disciplines represented at the meeting, the studies on the program emphasize links between molecular and biochemical processes at the cellular level and their physiological integration to mediate aspects of behavior.

The event includes a number of thematically organized workshops in which selected PhD students and postdocs from LMU and Harvard University present their current projects. In the ensuing discussions with their peers and with experienced senior faculty, they will undoubtedly receive stimulating suggestions and useful tips for the future course of their research.

Six Faculty Lectures, given by leading researchers from both universities, will deal with specific questions at the forefront of Protein Science and Neurobiology. Among other matters, these lectures highlight new optogenetic methods that allow for targeted optical control of enzyme activity – and with it neuronal activity. The use of these techniques to elucidate the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease and map the functional anatomy of neuronal circuits will be discussed. Other applications that help to clarify how sensory information is encoded and processed, and how activity-dependent changes in neuronal connections mediate learning and give rise to behavioral patterns, will also be considered.

The Faculty Lectures are open to other interested parties. As the number of places available is limited, those who wish to attend are kindly asked to register in advance.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Behrend (scientific inquiries)
Munich Center for Neurosciences
Phone: +49 (0)89-2180-74363

Simone Glasl (organizational matters)
International Affairs
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 3972



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