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Physics Seminar: Keith Hengen (WashU Biology)

"Active Self-Organization in the Brain: Stable Function from Neurons to Networks"

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When: Monday, December 04, 2017 at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Compton Hall 241 (Danforth Campus)

Host: Ralf Wessel (WashU Physics)
Many animals exhibit stable sensation, perception, and cognition for decades. These functions rest upon synaptic proteins, ion channels, and intracellular pathways whose half-lives span only minutes to weeks. Further, neural networks are highly plastic (e.g. learning/encoding information). How then is it possible that plastic networks built by transient components give rise to dependable perception and behavior? Although studies in the past two decades have revealed cellular mechanisms that are, in principal, capable of stabilizing neuronal activity, the conclusion that this gives rise to reliable network function remains theoretical. Our recent work has made significant inroads into the question of dynamic stabilization in the brain, from the level of neurons to networks.
Coffee:  3:45 pm, 241 Compton
For inquiries, contact Ralf Wessel.

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