The dynamic architecture of the adult visual cortex or how can I keep my brain young?

Thursday, July 16th, 2015, 11:00 am
Elmore Auditorium
Siegrid Löwel, PhD, Göttingen University, Germany
David Fitzpatrick, PhD
(561) 972-9000

Event Information

My lab is focussed on understanding the development and plasticity of neuronal circuits in the mammalian cortex. We use a combination of techniques, including various imaging/physiological techniques and behavioural analyses to explore how experience and learning influence the structure and function of nerve cell networks and how activity patterns and genetic factors influence these processes. In my lecture, I will focus on very recent experiments about the role of various stimulating environments on visual cortical plasticity in mice. In addition, I will present a completely new molecular mechanism governing both the duration of a critical period in early postnatal development and the maturation of nerve cell contacts.

This seminar is open to faculty, scientists, and students from Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and the Scripps Research Institute Florida, located on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, Florida. If you belong to an institution outside of the Jupiter campus and would like to attend, please send a request to seminars@mpfi.org