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Nobel Laureate in Medicine Professor Thomas Südhof to Talk about Communication between Nerve Cells

Public Lecture on January 29, 2014, at Freie Universität Berlin

№ 398/2013 from Dec 20, 2013

One of the three winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2013, Professor Thomas Südhoff, will be speaking at Freie Universität Berlin on January 29, 2014. Südhoff is a neuroscientist at the School of Medicine at Stanford University. His lecture is entitled "Mein Weg nach Stockholm: A Molecular Approach to Understanding how Neurons Communicate at Synapses." The presentation is being organized by Freie Universität Berlin, Stanford University in Berlin, and the Will Foundation for Stanford University in Berlin in cooperation with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Berlin Institute of Health, the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, and the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Südhoff will be speaking in both English and German.

Thomas Südhof was awarded the Nobel Prize along with Professor James Rothman and Professor Randy Schekman for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells. Südhof's work was dedicated to the transmission of information at the contact points between nerve cells, which occurs in large part by vesicular transport. In his lecture at Freie Universität, Südhof will present his work and its significance for learning processes in the brain, and he will discuss the implications for the treatment of neuronal disorders.

Professor Thomas Südhof, born in 1955 in Göttingen, attended medical school at the University of Göttingen and also completed a doctorate there in 1982. As a postdoctoral researcher he went to the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, where he taught and conducted research for many years. In 2008 he was appointed a professor at Stanford University in California.

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