Conferences - Seminars

20NOV
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  12:15-13:15 Campus Biotech, H8 Auditorium D

I will show that continuous optogenetic stimulation of excitatory neurons in visual cortex results in strong gamma-band oscillations, and respective white-noise stimulation reveals gamma-band resonance. Correspondingly, visual stimulation with artificial or natural stimuli induces gamma-band synchronization. Gamma in visual area V4 entails gamma-rhythmic modulation of the gain of spike responses and of behavioral reaction times. ... Read more about "Rhythms for Cognition: Communication through Coherence"
By Prof Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute, Frankfurt, GE
21NOV
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  12:15-13:15

The Projective Consciousness Model (PCM) (Rudrauf et al, 2017) is an attempt to unify psychology computationally, with the broadest possible explanatory power about a multiplicity of phenomena and behaviours, from perception, imagination, appraisal, emotion, social cognition, motivation, and action. The PCM advances previous formulations of active inference by featuring an explicit psychological and cybernetic model ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // The Projective Consciousness Model: Integrating perception, imagination, emotion and action in a global cybernetic framework"
By David Rudrauf, Laboratory of Multimodal Modelling of Emotion & Feeling ...
21NOV
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  17:00-19:00 STCC

La rencontre se tiendra le 21 novembre 2018 au Swiss Tech Convention Center en marge des journées d’information des gymnasiens. Le programme a été élaboré avec les enseignants des gymnases et propose une partie informative, une intervention scientifique ainsi que des workshops. Les personnes intéressées peuvent aussi profiter des présentations, activités proposées aux gymnasiens au ... Read more about "Rencontre 5 à 7 entre les enseignants en biologie et chimie des gymnases romands et de l’EPFL"
By divers
21NOV
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  17:15-18:45 UNIL - Bâtiment Amphimax - Salle 410

Comment l’échelle d’observation d’un phénomène peut-elle influencer la recherche? À quelles conditions est-il possible de passer d’une échelle à une autre? Ce passage, que l’on métaphorise souvent en termes de distance, est-il discontinu ou continu? Quel rôle joue l’instrumentation, la modélisation et les outils numériques dans ces divers niveaux d’analyse? Les mêmes questions se posent ... Read more about "CHANGEZ D’ÉCHELLE! - Cycle de conférences publiques"
By Aurélio Bay
22NOV
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  09:00-10:00 AI 1153

Pathological protein aggregates are a central hallmark of all neurodegenerative diseases. In the related disorders ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and FTD (frontotemporal dementia), the pathological aggregates consist mostly of the ubiquitous RNA-binding proteins TDP-43 or FUS. Both proteins are usually located in the nucleus, whereas in neurons and glial cells of ALS/FTD patients, they are ... Read more about "Special LMNN Seminar- RNA-binding proteins in neurodegeneration – from nuclear transport defects to aberrant phase transitions"
By Dorothee Dormann, BioMedizinisches Centrum (BMC) Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München - LMU, Germany
22NOV
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  10:15 SV 1717

BIOENGINEERING SEMINAR Abstract: Cells of terrestrial animals are constantly exposed to external forces including gravity. However, the complex 3D structure of the body and its organs form without being flattened. A century ago, the mathematical biologist D’Arcy Thompson predicted in ‘On Growth and Form’ that terrestrial animal body shapes are entirely conditioned by gravity, but ... Read more about "Mechanical Force Mediated 3D Organogenesis Withstanding Gravity Controlled by YAP"
By Prof. Makoto Furutani-Seiki, Yamaguchi University (JPN)
 
22NOV
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  11:00-12:30 INF 328

Electromagnetic simulations play a crucial role in the design of antennas, integrated circuits, and power grids. Unfortunately, the multiscale structure of many practical designs defies even the best method of moments (MoM) solvers. For example, while metasurface antennas have thousands of unit cells, existing simulators can barely handle a few cells. We present a new ... Read more about "EE SEMINAR: A macromodeling approach to accelerate multiscale EM simulations, with application to metasurface antennas, 3D ICs and power cables"
By Prof. Piero Triverio, University of Toronto
22NOV
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By Professor Sarah Fendt, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, Leuven ...
23NOV
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  09:00-18:30

With the support of the Bertarelli Foundation, the EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics is launching an Annual Research Symposium to involve the academic, industrial and clinical communities into interdisciplinary discussions on current and future trends in technologies and applications of neuroprosthetic research. The First Neuroprosthetics Annual Research Symposium will be held on November 23rd, 2018, at ... Read more about "Neuroprosthetics Annual Research Symposium"
By Keynote speakers: Josef Parvizi & Florian Solzbacher.
28NOV
  16:00 AI 1153

Most scientists are too busy doing research to think much about the language they actually use in their work. However, accompanying the rise of modern science since the 17th century has been an increasingly specialized use of language, with its own vocabulary, grammar, and structural organization. While this provides for clear and direct communication of ... Read more about "The Language of Science"
By Jeremy Garwood, Science and Society unit, University of Strasbourg, France
03DEC
04DEC
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  SV 1717

With this symposium, we aim to facilitate discussion between leading neuroscientists and roboticists interested in discovering algorithms for selecting and executing actions. The speakers will describe state-of-the-art studies investigating action selection, decision-making, motor control, cognition, active sensing, and multimodal integration in flies, rodents, models, and robots. Read more about "BMI Symposium // Controlling Behavior in Animals and Robots"
05DEC
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

Lesions of the hypothalamus severely impair motor and cognitive functions, indicating a critical role for hypothalamus in these processes. However, underlying circuits and neural dynamics are poorly understood. The hypothalamus contains several genetically-distinct classes of brain-wide projecting neurons, such are orexin and melanin-concentrating-hormone neurons, which co-release these neuropeptides with GABA or glutamate. We have been ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // Hypothalamic circuits for cognition and action"
By Denis Burdakov, Dept. Of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zürich ...
05DEC
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  14:00-15:00 BC 420

The quest for life beyond Earth has a profound impact on all people and civilisations, irrespective of their cultures or beliefs. For millennia, human beings have wondered “are we alone?”. The onset of exoplanet discoveries, which started 20 years ago, inspires hope that this question may be eventually answered. In this talk I will describe ... Read more about "The quest for habitable worlds and a look back at Earth"
By Brice-Olivier Demory
06DEC
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By Professor Pedro Romero, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of ...
10DEC
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  10:15-11:00 SV 1717

Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture Abstract: The field of micro and nano robotics has made impressive strides over the past decade as researchers have created a variety of small devices capable of locomotion within liquid environments. Robust fabrication techniques have been developed, some devices have been functionalized for potential applications, and therapies are being ... Read more about "Soft Microrobotics and its Application in Medicine"
10DEC
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  12:15 SV 1717

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: To be provided. Bio: After his PhD (1991) at Tirana University, in the topic of Ion-Selective-Electrodes (ISEs) designs and applications in clinical and environmental analysis, Dr. Merkoçi worked as postdoc at other European research centres and USA in the field of nanobiosensors and lab-on-a-chip technologies. His postdoc ... Read more about "Nanomaterials-Based Biosensors for Diagnostics Applications"
By Prof. Arben Merkoçi, University of Barcelona (E)
11DEC
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  12:15 SV 1717

Condensation of DNA molecules results in the formation of chromosomes. In bacteria, the chromosome is a folded structure called nucleoid. The objectives of our laboratory are to reveal the principles of chromosome organization, characterize the molecular mechanisms involved, and analyze the coordination of chromosome segregation with progression of the cell cycle in different bacterial models. ... Read more about "Functional interplay between chromatin organizers and condensins for the control of chromosome conformation and segregation in bacteria"
By Frédéric Boccard, Institut de Biologie Intégrative de la Cellule, CNRS ...
12DEC
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

In associative fear learning, experimental subjects learn to associate a neutral sensory cue or context with an aversive stimulus and display fear responses to the cue or context that predicts danger. Recent studies have identified memory engram cells, a population of neurons that is activated by associative fear learning and whose reactivation results in fear ... Read more about "BMI Seminar // Synaptic encoding of associative fear memory in engram cell pathways"
By Jun-Hyeong Cho, Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, University ...
17DEC
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

Abstract : The life of any organism depends on the ability of cells to accurately recognize and eliminate harmful microbes. In order to detect the immense repertoire of pathogenic entities, the innate immune system of mammals has evolved a range of distinct sensing strategies. One major mechanism is based on the recognition of microbial DNA ... Read more about "Innate DNA sensing through the cGAS-STING system - Blurring the boundary between PAMP and DAMP"
By Dr Andrea Ablasser
17DEC
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  16:00-17:00 SV 1717

Protein conformational changes induced by external perturbations or internal cues can profoundly influence protein activity and thus modulate cellular physiology. Mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomic techniques are routinely used to measure changes in protein abundance, post-translational modification and protein interactors, but much less is known about alterations in protein structures. Prof. Paola Picotti will present a ... Read more about "In situ analyses of protein structural changes in health and disease"
By Professor Paola Picotti
18DEC
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  12:15-13:15 Campus Biotech, H8 Auditorium

Electroencephalography and surface electromyography are notoriously cumbersome technologies. A typical setup may involve bulky electrodes, dandling wires, and a large amplifier unit. The wide adaptation of these technologies in numerous applications has been accordingly fairly limited. Thanks to the availability of printed electronics technologies, it is now possible to dramatically simplify these techniques. Elegant electrode ... Read more about "Printed EEG and EMG electronic-tattoos for neurological applications"
By Prof Yael Hanein, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, IS
20DEC
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  09:00-10:00 SV 1717

‘Neural Circuits and Behavior Progress Reports’ provide a forum for scientific discussion of ongoing research projects at the Brain Mind Institute related to neural circuit function. Anyone is welcome to attend these presentations, which take place monthly, usually on the 1st or 2nd Thursday of each month in room SV 1 717. Read more about "Neural Circuits and Behavior - Progress Report"
By Johannes Burtscher, Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology and Neuroproteomics, Lashuel Lab
09JAN
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By Alejandro Ocampo, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Biology ...
15JAN
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Andreas Janshoff is Full Professor for Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany and his major research interests include membrane biophysics, cell mechanics, sensor design and single-molecule force spectroscopy. Read more about "TBA"
By Prof. Andreas Janshoff
16JAN
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

Huntington's disease (HD), the most common dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disorder is characterized by a progressive striatal and cortical neurodegeneration associated with cognitive and behavioral disturbance. So far, many are the aberrant molecular mechanisms described to be associated with the disease, however much remains to be defined. In the last decade, perturbed metabolism of gangliosides, glycosphingolipids ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // Sphingolipid metabolism: new perspectives for treating Huntington's disease"
By Vittorio Maglione, Centre for Neurogenetics and Rare Diseases, IRCCS Neuromed ...
23JAN
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By Matthew Hill, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, he Mathison Center, for Mental ...
04FEB
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  10:30-11:30 AI 1153

SEMINAR of the LAUSANNE INTEGRATIVE METABOLISM and NUTRITION ALLIANCE (LIMNA) Abstract: Disturbances in the morphology and function of mitochondria cause neurological diseases, which can affect the central and peripheral nervous system. The i-AAA protease YME1L ensures mitochondrial proteostasis and regulates mitochondrial dynamics by processing of the dynamin-like GTPase OPA1. Mutations in YME1L cause a multi-systemic ... Read more about "Novel Mouse Models to Study Mitochondrial Proteostasis in the Nervous System"
By Hans-Georg Sprenger Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Dept ...
20FEB
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By  Marlene Bartos, Cellular and Systemic Neuroscience, Institute for Physiology I ...
06MAR
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By Takeshi Sakaba, Laboratory of Molecular Synaptic Function, Graduate School of ...
13MAR
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By Julia Lemos, Department of Neuroscience, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis ...
19MAR
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  13:00-16:30 CO 120

Demonstrations have been used to make lectures more interesting and accessible for a very long time – but is there any point in investing time and effort into demonstrations in the age of smartphones and instant YouTube clips? This workshop will discuss this question, as well as give practical tips on designing and using demonstrations ... Read more about "Lecture Demonstrations in the age of YouTube"
By Ilya Eigenbrot
26MAR
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The Ferrell lab studies signal transduction and cell cycle regulation, mainly focusing the spatial and temporal regulation of mitotic entry and exit. They explore how the individual proteins that regulate these processes work together in circuits, generating reliable systems-level behaviors, by using quantitative experimental approaches, modeling, and theory. Much of their work make use of ... Read more about "TBA"
By Prof. James Ferrell, Stanford University School of Medecine. 
27MAR
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By Carlos Ribeiro, Behavior and Metabolism Lab, Champalimaud Research, Champalimaud Centre ...
11APR
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  12:00-13:00 SV 1717

A Lola and John Grace Distinguished Lecture in Cancer Research Read more about "TITLE TBA"
By Professor Miriam Merad, Human Immune Monitoring Center, Icahn School of ...
29APR
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  12:15 SV 1717

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: To be provided. Bio: David M Sabatini is an American scientist and Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. He has been an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 2008 and ... Read more about "to be announced"
By Prof. David Sabatini, Massachusettes Institute of Technology; Whitehead Institute for ...
02MAY
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By Professor Michael Karin, UC San Diego School of Medicine, Department ...
19MAY
22MAY
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  RLC E1 240

The Latsis Symposium 2019 on Diamond Photonics at EPFL will be a unique event bringing together for the first time the worldwide leaders in diamond photonics. It will gather on EPFL campus the key international players of academic research in physics and photonics, in growth and fabrication technologies, together with companies engaged in bringing the ... Read more about "Latsis Symposium 2019 on Diamond Photonics"
By Keynote and Invited Speakers on www.diamondphotonics.org
13JUN
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By Professor Elaine Mardis, Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair in Genomic Medicine ...
01JUL
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  12:15 SV 1717

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: To be provided. Bio: Chad A. Mirkin, Ph.D., is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry. Mirkin also is a professor of chemical and biological engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science & engineering, and medicine at Northwestern University. Mirkin ... Read more about "to be announced"
By Professor Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University, USA
19SEP
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By Professor Mariano Barbacid, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO), Spanish ...
23SEP
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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: To be provided. Bio: Education: 1973-76B.A., Oberlin College 1977-82Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Positions: 1982-85Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1984Visiting Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College 1985-88Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine 1988-91Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine 1991-Hannah Professor of Microbial Ecology, Michigan State ... Read more about "to be announced"
By Prof. Richard Lenski, Michigan State University, USA
10OCT
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By Professor Robert Eisenman, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Basic Sciences ...