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Giersch Summer School on the Logistics of Neuronal Function

August 28 to September 7, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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Aug 28, 2018 08:00 AM to
Sep 07, 2018 06:00 PM


Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies

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Maarten Altelaar, Utrecht, Netherlands
Peter W. Baas, Drexel U., USA
Upinder S. Bhalla, TIFR, India
Long Cai, Caltech, USA
Daniel Choquet, Bordeaux, France
Guillame Drion, Liege, Belgium
Seth Grant, University of Edinburgh, Scotland Kristian Franze, U. of Cambridge, UK
Lukas Kapitein, Utrecht, Netherlands
Ken Kosik, UC Santa Barbara, USA
Timothy O’Leary, Cambridge University, UK
William W. Lytton, SUNY Downstate, USA
Jeremy Niven, U. of Sussex, UK
Marianne Renner, Institut du Fer a Moulin, France
Erik De Schutter, OIST, Japan
Antoine Triller, École Normale Superièure, France
Noam Ziv, Technion, Israel
Eric Hosy, U Bordeaux, France
Christian Tetzlaff, U. Göttingen, Germany
Jochen Triesch, FIAS, Germany

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The organizers invite applications from PhD students and post-docs to participate in a two-week summer course on the Logistics of Neuronal Function in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from August 28 to September 7.

Neurons face a variety of logistics challenges. They need to organize the production, transport, storage, and recycling of various molecules such as neurotransmitters, mRNA, and proteins to fill their extensive dendritic and axonal arbors. For example, most proteins have turnover rates of several days, which implies that neurons must organize the production and transport of vast numbers of proteins to maintain their structure and function. Due to their large size compared to other cells of the body, these problems are particularly severe for neurons. It is likely that evolution has driven neurons to find robust and efficient solutions to these challenges. So how do they organize production, transport, delivery, storage, and recycling processes and how are logistic failures related to nervous system disorders? This first workshop and summer school on the logistics of neuronal function bring together leading experimentalists, theoreticians, and method developers to exchange ideas on these fundamental questions.

Special Public Talk
Nobel Laureate Edvard Moser

Application Deadline: July 20, 2018


Jochen Triesch, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
Erin Schuman, MPI Brain Research, Frankfurt
Tatjana Tchumatchenko, MPI Brain Research, Frankfurt
Christian Tetzlaff, Georg-August University, Göttingen

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