Bálint Lasztóczi graduated as a Biologist in 2000 at the Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences in Budapest. As an undergraduate his main research interest was the function and the pharmacology of voltage-dependent calcium channels. Continuing in the Chemical Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest he studied the pathophysiological mechanism underlying high frequency oscillations and their role in the generation of epileptic activity in brain slices. After gaining his PhD in 2006 he was the Blaschko Visiting Research Fellow and a member of the Unit between 2007 and 2009 where he worked with Thomas Klausberger and Peter Somogyi on the role of identified CA3 hippocampal interneurons in network oscillations. At present he is postdoc in Thomas Klausbergers group at the Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna. Zsolt Borhegyi started his scientific work in his undergraduate years in 1991 in Prof. Tamas Ferund's lab at Budapest, and his main focus during this period was the synaptic organisation of the hippocampal network and its subcortical connections. After his graduation as a biologist in 1995, he spent almost a year in Csaba Leranth's lab at Yale University, New Haven and later in 1998 a year in Gyuri Buzsaki's lab at Rutgers University, Newark. He defended his PhD thesis in 2001 on the connectiviy of the medial septum, supramammillary nucleus and the hippocampus. After a short time spent on the investigation of drug treatment resistent human hippocampal samples, he started juxtacellular recordings medal septal pacemaker cells and conductad a most detailed anatomical analysis of septal neurons. From October 2009 he joined Thomas Klausberger in Vienna and started to work on the function and connections of the prelimbic cortical area.
During their visit Bálint and Zsolt will collaborate with Damien Lapray and Katja Hartwich.