Nobel Prize Erwin Neher in Humanitas University on May 16

On Monday, May 16, Professor Erwin Neher, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1991, will hold the Seminar “Neuronal communication: modulation of short-term plasticity at the calyx of Held synapse” at Humanitas University. After the lecture, a conversation reserved to Hunimed Students is foreseen.

Erwin Neher, premio Nobel MedicinaThe lecture will focus on the importance of short-term plasticity processes, those who influence the neurotransmitter release efficiency.

Neher uses calyx of Held synapses, a giant synapse which allows to record at the same time the activity of both compartments, pre- and post-synaptic, so that extremily accurate quantitative and kinetic analyses can be perfomed.

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About Erwin Neher

Born in Bavaria (Germany) in 1944. Currently Director of the Membrane Biophysics Department, Max-Planck-Insitut für Biophysikalische Chemie in Göttingen.

Present research interests include molecular and cellular mechanisms of Ca++ signalling, neurotransmitter release and synaptic plasticity. Received the Nobel Prize in 1991 in Physiology or Medicine (together with Bert Sakmann) for his development of the tight-seal technique for recording ion channel activity, which is still nowadays the basis of all the electrophysiological studies conducted in neurosciences laboratories, as Prof. Michela Matteoli’s lab.

Member of Academia Europaea, Foreign Associate Member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and The Royal Society (UK). Chairman of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Red Sea Program since 1994, an international research programme on marine biology of the Red Sea with additional specific aim to promote scientific collaboration in a politically difficult setting.


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