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Special Guest Lecture: Karl Deisseroth - Illuminating the Brain

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Recipient of the 2017 NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Award
Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University

17:00 Arrival
17:15 Opening, Markus Reinhard, Director of NOMIS Foundation
17:20 Welcome, Lino Guzzella, President of ETH Zurich
17:30 Lecture: Illuminating the Brain
18:00 Q&A Session
18:15 Closing
18:20 Networking Reception
19:30 End of Event

Karl Deisseroth was born in Boston, United States, and studied biochemical science at Harvard University. He later received a PhD in neuroscience in 1998 and an MD in 2000 from Stanford University. Deisseroth is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the McKnight Foun­dation Scholar Award, the National Academy of Sciences Award and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, as well as the 2017 Else Kroner Fresenius Preis für Medizinische Forschung. He was appointed D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2012.
Karl Deisseroth is widely recognised for developing and implementing an approach to biology called optoge­netics, a technique that involves the use of light to control cells in living tissue, typically neurons, that have been genetically modified to express light-sensitive ion channels. Among other advances in laboratory neuroscience techniques, his research has led to thousands of major discoveries regarding the causal underpinnings of complex behaviour. But while optics-based discovery of causal mechanisms in animals has been successful, little work has succeeded in revealing brain-wide patterns and underlying causal principles in humans.
The aim of adapting these new techniques is to record and control thousands of neurons across multiple brain areas. Based on the results, the project will build causal models for brain-wide neurodynamics in behaviour as well as for brain states corresponding to acute or chronic stress and to multisensory integration in attention-requiring discrimination. Deisseroth’s research project has the potential to unify different areas of biology, and significantly advance our basic understanding of neural pathways.


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