Lectures and seminars Welcoming Synapses: From Cajal to NeurotechEU
The NeurotechEU student council is organising a kick-off event. The aim of the event is to introduce the student association of NeurotechEU and to celebrate the occasion of Ramon y Cajal 169th birthday.
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The symposium will feature keynote speakers Zoltan Molnar from the University of Oxford, as well as Fernando de Castro Subriet from the Spanish National Research Council. PhD candidates from all 8 participating universities will present their projects and results to provide the audience an overview of ongoing Neuroscience research in the partner universities and opportunities to reach out and exchange.
Introduction to the student club and its action plan
Sessions 1 and 2
Zoltan Molnar, MD, DPhil, University of Oxford
Abstract: Sherrington was a major proponent of the neuron doctrine and he was inspired by Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s theory of dynamic polarization of nervecells (Ley de la polarización dinámica de la célula nerviosa).Sherrington coined the term “synapse” to name the Cajal description of interneuronal contact andhe gave the term, for functional nerve endings, as “Boutons terminaux,” still used today. These two giants of neuroscience met only once, but they had a life-long friendship. It was Sherrington who wrote Cajal’s Obituary for the Royal Society. We review here some of the scientiﬁc exchanges between Cajal and Sherrington, with particular attention to 1894, when the two neuroscientists met in London during Cajal’s visit to deliver the Croonian Lecture to the Royal Society. We shall examine not only the scientiﬁc exchanges but also their friendship, which was immediate and strong.
Sessions 3 and 4