Despite their role in long-term information storage, synapses are highly dynamic and composed of rather short-lived components. In the adult mouse brain, it takes a couple of days for half of the excitatory synapses to be replaced. Similarly, at the molecular level most synaptic proteins are destroyed after a week, meaning they constantly need to be replaced by freshly produced ones.
Thus, understanding how long-term memory can arise from unstable elements is one of today’s neuroscience’s greatest challenges. In this lecture, Dr. Anne-Sophie Hafner will explain how she is trying to solve the mystery.
19.00 - 19.30 Welcome
19.30 - 20.30 Lecture
20.30 - 21.00 Drinks