From Molecules to Organisms
It is the fifth time that the LMU-Harvard Young Scientists' Forum (YSF) takes place at LMU. It supports the exchange of ideas between Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows and senior faculty members from the two universities. The first conference of the series was held at LMU in 2009 followed by annual meetings at the two universities. This ninth forum will put a spotlight on neurosciences. It is organized in cooperation with the LMU International Office, the Munich Center for Neurosciences (MCNLMU) and the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSNLMU).
Abendvortrag am 23. Juli um 19 Uhr s.t.:
Prof. Dr. Alexander Borst – "How does direction selectivity emerge in fly motion detecting cells?"
In the fly visual system, the local direction of motion is computed in two parallel ON and OFF pathways. Within each pathway, a retinotopic array of four direction-selective T4 (ON) and T5 (OFF) cells represents the four Cartesian components of local motion vectors. Since none of the presynaptic neurons as identified by EM analysis turned out to be directionally selective, direction selectivity emerges within T4 and T5 cells. Now the question is: How? This question will be addressed by Alexander Borst in his talk.
Aledander Borst ist Direktor am MPI für Neurobiologie in Martinsried.