A world leading scientist to give a public lecture in UT on pyramidal cells of cerebral cortex
On Thursday, 20 June at 11 a.m., Dr. Matthew Evan Larkum, one of the world leading scientists researching the operating mechanisms of pyramidal cells of the cerebral cortex, shall give a public lecture in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Tartu (Lossi 36-215).
In his lecture “A cellular mechanism for cortical binding with implications for conscious perception” given in English, Dr. Larkum will focus on the operating mechanisms of pyramidal cells of the cerebral cortex, on their role in the processes of perception and consciousness and provides an overview on how theses mechanisms participate as basic modules in larger neural networks.
Matthew Larkum is one of the leading specialists in calcium-dependent dendritic spikes. The range of his research topics is diverse: It includes neurobiology, brain cell biology, neural networks and neural computation, study of dendrites of pyramidal cells of cerebral cortex, the effect of anaesthetics on cellular processes, development of optic methods and implementation thereof on research of the activity of cortical neurons (incl. in vivo), simulation of perception effects by the activity of micro networks, human testing, animal testing and in vivo, in vitro, in silico research.
Dr. Larkum has graduated from the University of Sydney. He has done research in the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, the University of Bern, the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Neuroscience Research Centre in Berlin. Larkum has been awarded the Robert Bing Prize (2010), Pfizer Award for the best neuroscience paper (2007), Theodor Kocher Prize (2006) and appointed for Professorship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2004).
He has published, among others, 14 research papers with more than a hundred citations. His work has been repeatedly published in Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, Trends in Neurosciences, PNAS, Neuron, The Journal of Neuroscience, Current Opinion in Neurobiology, Cerebral Cortex, etc.
His research and discoveries are interesting, first and foremost, to brain scientists, behavioural scientists, physiologists (neuro) geneticists, mathematicians and information scientists who specialise in the simulation of neural processes.