Lectures and seminars Science Today – the complexity of the brain

08-04-2022 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Add to iCal
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Science Today – the complexity of the brain. Photo: Nobel Prize Museum

Understanding how the brain works has been one of science’s most vibrant fields for a long time. At this event aimed at students we will learn more about brain science today. We have invited three PhD candidates to present their research to the public. The evening will end with a networking mingle in Bistro Nobel where a DJ will set the right atmosphere for a late night at the museum.

Some of the earliest Nobel Prize laureates were pioneers in understanding how the brain works. Santiago Rámon y Cajal discovered how synapses link neurons, and Ivan Pavlov made foundational discoveries about the mind-body connection through his work in behavioral psychology. Since then, prizes have been awarded to important work on how the brain registers visual input, how our spatial knowledge shapes the brain and how signal substances in the brain alters our mood and behavior. 

At this event we will learn more about brain science today. We have invited three speakers to present their research to the public. The evening is curated by the Nobel Prize Museum’s Olof Somell, who will tell us more about the Nobel Foundation and well known laureates that have received the Nobel Prize for discoveries related to the brain.

The event is a new collaboration between Stockholms Universtiy, Karolinska Institutet, KTH, and the Nobel Prize Museum.

Obs! The talk is in English.


Andreas Giannisis, Stockholm University

– MSc, Ph.D. Candidate, Translational Neurodegeneration Group, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

“I am a 4th year PhD student at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, at Stockholm University. Throughout my PhD studies, my focus was to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that link a liver secreted cholesterol carrier, namely apolipoprotein E (apoE) with Alzheimer’s disease.“

Dimitrios Voulgaris, KTH

– doctoral student in micro and nanosystems
“In my PhD I am generating astrocytes from stem cells, I am going to describe the importance of this specific brain cell type, why it is important, why everyone’s knows about neurons and not so much about astrocytes.“

Maria Lalouni, KI

– lic psychologist, post doc, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet

“I work as a postdoc in the Pain Neuroimaging lab. My main research interests are mechanisms of emergence, maintenance, and release of symptoms and how such mechanisms can be used to improve psychological treatments and preventative efforts. I’m particularly interested in the parent-child interaction, pain mechanisms, and exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy.


18:00 Talk and presentations
18:45 Discussions
19:00 Networking mingle with DJ

Before and after the conversation, you are welcome to view our exhibitions and visit Bistro Nobel for a glass of bubbly or refreshments.


You need to purchase a ticket. You get them at the Nobel Prize Museum's website.

Science Today

Science Today takes the temperature of science in 2022 and invites PhD or Postdoc candidates to present their research and their momentum as emerging researchers.

The concept investigates the world of science and technology and gives the opportunity for doctoral students, researchers and other enthusiasts or like-minded people with an interest in scientific research to meet and discuss.
The Nobel Prize awards ideas that shape the world we live in. Science gives us a deeper knowledge of how nature works, and to use this knowledge for ”the benefit of humankind”, as the founder Alfred Nobel stated in his will.

In this first occasion we will dig deeper into the world of one of the largest and most complex organs in the human body – the brain.