„Neuron-glia interactions: models matter”, Dr. Frank W. Pfrieger, Institute of Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience (INCI) CNRS, University of Strasbourg, France

Speaker: Dr. Frank Pfrieger, Institute of Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience (INCI), CNRS, University of Strasbourg, France

Host: Dr. Michał Ślęzak, BioMed X

Frank’s abstract:

“The development and function of the brain and its dysfunction following injury or disease depend on interactions of neurons and glial cells. A profound understanding of these interactions relies on experimental models in vitro and in vivo that allow us to manipulate neurons and glial cells separately. I will provide an overview on our contributions to the field highlighting studies with purified cells and with transgenic mouse models.”

Frank’s CV:

  • Since 2006: Senior Scientist (DR2, CNRS), Group Leader, INCI, Dept. Neurotransmission, Strasbourg, France
  • 2001-2005: Junior Group Leader, Max-Planck Society, Max-Planck/CNRS Group, Centre de Neurochimie, Strasbourg, France
  • 1997-2001: Group Leader, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin-Buch, Germany
  • 1994-1997: Postdoctoral Fellow; “Role of glial cells in synapse formation and function”. Dept. of Neurobiology, Stanford University, School of Medicine, USA.
  • 1991-1994: PhD Thesis; “Kinetic Studies of the Role of Depression of Voltage-Activated Calcium Channels in Presynaptic Inhibition in Cultured Neurons from the Rat Hippocampus”. Faculty of Biology, University of Konstanz and Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Dept. of Neurophysiology, Martinsried, Germany
  • 1989-1990: Diploma in Biology; “Studies of the Effects of Acetylcholine on Crayfish Stretch Receptor Neurons” Faculty of Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • 1985-1989: Study of Biology at the University of Konstanz, Germany