BMI Distinguished Seminar // Martin Picard: Mitochondrial diversity in the mouse and human brain


Event details

Date 17.04.2024
Hour 12:1513:15
Speaker Martin Picard, Columbia University, New York, USA
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

The basis of the mind, of mental states, and complex behaviors is the flow of energy through microscopic and macroscopic brain structures. Energy flow through brain circuits is powered by thousands of mitochondria populating the inside of every neuron, glial, and other nucleated cell across the brain-body unit. This seminar will cover emerging approaches to study the mind-mitochondria connection and present early attempts to map the distribution and diversity of mitochondria across brain tissue. In rodents, I will present convergent multimodal evidence anchored in enzyme activities, gene expression, and animal behavior that distinct behaviorally-relevant mitochondrial phenotypes exist across large-scale mouse brain networks. Extending these findings to the human brain, I will present a developing systematic biochemical and molecular map of mitochondrial variation across cortical and subcortical brain structures, representing a foundation to understand the origin of complex energy patterns that give rise to the human mind.


Practical information

  • Informed public
  • Free


  • BMI Host: C. Sandi