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2015

Spot on for brain research: controlling nerve cells with light

Professor Gero Miesenböck, University of Oxford, is awarded the Heinrich Wieland Prize 2015
Professor Gero Miesenböck, University of Oxford, is awarded the Heinrich Wieland Prize 2015

100,000-euro Heinrich Wieland Prize goes to Gero Miesenböck

Mainz, Germany, November 3, 2015: Gero Miesenböck was the first to insert a light-controlled on/off switch into brain cells. His pioneering method allows scientists to switch nerve cells on and off selectively and observe how the behaviour of, for example, fruit flies or mice changes as a result. In this way, researchers can learn in a step-by-step process what behaviour the studied brain circuits control and what goes awry in disease. For his method, hailed as a “breakthrough of the decade,” Professor Gero Miesenböck of the University of Oxford will receive the 100,000-euro Heinrich Wieland Prize of the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation in Munich on November 6, 2015.

Link to the press release

 

New PLUS 3 fellow: Dr Alexis Maizel

Dr. Alexis Maizel, Uni Heidelberg, (c) privat

The newest fellow in the PLUS 3 Programme is the biologist Dr Alexis Maizel, junior research group leader of Heidelberg University's “CellNetworks” Cluster of Excellence. Starting in January 2015, the foundation will fund his research into the principles of plasticity in the development and formation of plant cells at the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) with up to 900,000 euros over the next three years.

Press release University Heidelberg (link)