Plasticity of old and new neurons in the visual cortex

Thursday, May 28th, 2015, 11:00 AM
Elmore Auditorium
Mark Huebener, PhD, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried
David Fitzpatrick, PhD
(561) 972-9000

Event Information

Neuronal response properties in the cerebral cortex are not static. They can change during development, after deprivation, and following learning. Likewise, even in the adult brain, the structure of neurons is not fixed but can be altered by modifications of sensory input and experience. We study such functional and structural plasticity in the visual cortex, using imaging approaches that allow following the fate of individual neurons over extended periods of time. In my lecture, I will show how such experiments help shed light on the cellular mechanisms underlying specific types of plasticity. I will also present recent data aiming at exploring the potential of transplanted neurons to integrate into existing circuits and take over the function of lost neurons.

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