Neuroscientist at Stanford University and receiver of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine Professor Thomas C. Südhof is visiting DCU at noon on September 1st. Professor Südhof’s visit is part of the Magnet Nobel Laureate Lecture Series 2015.
Magnet Nobel Laureate Lecture Series 2015
The Magnet Nobel Laureate Lecture Series is DCU initiative focusing on raising the aspirations and ambitions of students by exposing them to excellence. The series invites Nobel prize winners to DCU to meet students and other guests and speak about their work. Professor Südhof will give a lecture entitled “Mechanism of Neurotransmitter Release,” on Tuesday, 1st September at 12 noon in the Helix, followed by lunch in 1838.
Magnet are extremely proud to support this initiative which is a fantastic opportunity to stimulate engagement and interest in the cutting edge of humanities and science, while showcasing the achievement of individuals outstanding in their respective fields.
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Everything you Should Know about Professor Südhof
Thomas Christian Südhof (born December 22, 1955) is a German-American biochemist known for his study of synaptic transmission. Synaptic transmissions is often called neurotransmission and is when signaling molecules are released by a neuron and bind to and activate the receptors of another neuron.
Südhof’s research interests focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying synapse formation and function, in particular on how synapses transmit signals from one neuron to the next, and how they become abnormal during disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, autism, and schizophrenia.
As a neuroscientist at Stanford University School of Medicine, Professor Südhof was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for his work in exploring how neurons in the brain communicate with one another across gaps called synapses. This work has important implications for our understanding of learning and conditions such as Schizophrenia and Autism. Until Südhof began his work, majority of neuroscience research was aimed at the postsynaptic neuron and its role in learning and memory. What made Südhof’s research so unique was his focus on the presynaptic neuron . More recently, Südhof’s work has focused on aspects of synaptogenesis and maintenance of the synaptic connection.
He is currently working with a diverse group of researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to develop mouse models for mutants of synaptic genes, project aims to drastically advance our understanding of neurological disorders. He is also currently a professor in the School of Medicine in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, and by courtesy in Neurology, and in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
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