“Actin Dynamics in Health and Disease in CNS”

October, 16th - 17th  2017

Actin is one of the major components and regulators of the neural scaffold that is essential for shaping neurons as well as synaptic transmission and plasticity. Moreover, disrupted actin dynamics underlie several neurological diseases.

We, the neurobiological and biochemical groups of the Zoological Institute of the TU Braunschweig, take part in the organization and planning of the second Brainswick symposium which will focus on actin dynamics in the brain.

"How does the actin cytoskeleton mediate memory formation? What are the cellular and molecular mechanisms that play a key role in this process? How actin and actin-regulatory proteins cooperate in synaptic plasticity?"

We will have the privilege to address open questions, challenges and perspectives in discussion with great international guests who are experts in neuroscience. 

We very much look forward to seeing you in Braunschweig at the second Brainswick Symposium: “Actin Dynamics in Health and Disease in the CNS” this October, 16th-17th.





October 16th     


13:00 - 14:00

Registration, poster installation

14:00 - 14:15

Welcome address

14:15 - 15:00

Actin in neurons: connecting dynamics to functions

Pirta Hotulainen

Minerva Institute for Medical Research 

15:00 - 15:45

Cytoskeleton transport underlying synaptic function and plasticity

Matthias Kneussel 

ZMNH, Hamburg

15:45 - 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 - 17:00

The roles of actin cytoskeleton and its regulatory proteins in memory formation in amygdala

Raphael Lamprecht    

University of Haifa

17:00 - 17:30

Mechanisms of Nogo-A actions in regulating functional and structural synaptic plasticity: Role of the actin cytoskeleton

Steffen Fricke

TU Braunschweig

17:30 - 18:00

The link between actin and metabolism

Philipp Hörmann

TU Braunschweig

18:00 - 19:30

Poster session

October 17th

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:45

PI3K/PTEN signaling in space and time: Implications for cytoskeletal dynamics and neuronal morphogenesis

Britta Eickholt

Charité, Berlin

09:45 - 10:30

Actin filament turnover as a determinant of neural development and plasticity     

Walter Witke

University of Bonn

10:30 - 11:00

Studying cytoskeletal mechanisms of cerebellar Purkinje cell maturation in zebrafish

Alessandro Dorigo

TU Braunschweig

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:15

Regulation of the actin cytoskeleton by formins

Matthias Geyer

University of Bonn

12:15 - 12:45

Formins in shape: Effects on dendrite morphology and synapse formation

Svenja Kankowski

TU Braunschweig

12:45 - 13:15

Closing notes

Walter Witke

Pirta Hotulainen

Raphael Lamprecht

Britta Eickholt

Matthias Geyer

Matthias Kneussel

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