Translational Neuroscience


Expert Lecture on the 08.07.2021 by Caroline Nothdurfter

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Expert Lecture on the 24.06.2021 by Christian Wetzel

Christian Wetzel (Universität Regensburg) talked about mitochondrial malfunction and their involvement in the pathology of major
depression disorder (MDD). Skin fibroblasts derived from patients suffering from major  depressive disorder were used to determine the molecular
pathomechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction e.g. changes in the membrane potential, reduction of the function of the ATP-synthase upon hormonal or metabolic stress.



Expert Lecture on the 06.05.2021 by Ruth Beckervordersanderforth

Dr. Ruth Beckervordersanderforth is an independent group leader at the Institute of Biochemistry, Emil-Fischer-Centre, FAU Erlangen. Since the beginning of her academic career, she has been working on astrocytes. Astrocytes are the major components of the hippocampal neurogenic niche. In the seminar, she discussed recent findings of her group on the determination of candidates of molecular regulators for astrocytes based on their internal morphological heterogeneity.

Expert Lecture on the 22.04.2021 by Beate Winner

Prof. Dr. Beate Winner, Head of the Department of Stem Cell  Biology at the University Hospital, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, gave a talk about the role of the adaptive immune response in Parkinson’s disease pathogenesis. Within a translational project, they developed an autologous cell culture model using patient-derived and healthy control-derived hiPCS cells which were differentiated into midbrain neurons and corresponding T-lymphocytes from blood cells. IL-17 was identified as an important player in degeneration of midbrain neurons.

ERASMUS International Lecture Series "TRANSLATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE", March 2021 - May 2021

On behalf of Prof. Dr. J. Deckert, we want to highlight a lecture series on translational neuroscience. Please, find further information in the invitation below and via the respective link. If you are interested in joining the lecture series please write us an email (contact below) with your full name, your institution and the reason you want to join.


Warm regards,

Dr. Manuel Nagel and Prof. Dr. Carmen Villmann

MSc "Translational Neuroscience"


Dear colleagues, dear students,

The success of our first Erasmus International Lecture Series in the past semester has not only encouraged us to resume our lecture series in the field of “Translational Neuroscience” but also offer a new lecture series in the field of “Global Health” in the coming summer semester 2021.

We thus invite interested students and staff members alike at your and our universities to attend both virtual lecture series, which are scheduled to run from the end of this March to May 2021.

We are delighted that representatives of our Erasmus partner universities of Caen, Istanbul, Ljubljana, Maribor, Marseille, Olomouc, Pécs, Rome, and Zagreb, as well as our colleagues in Würzburg will share their expertise in their talks within the virtual lecture series on “Translational Neuroscience” and “Global Health”:

We hope that the lecture series will attract your interest and request that you spread this message among your students and teaching staff.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners for working together with us on this wonderful project.


With best wishes,

Prof. Dr. J. Deckert

Autumn School 2019