Professor Jean-Marc Fritschy delivered the 11th David Smith Lecture in Anatomical Neuropharmacology.
"Plasticity of GABAergic synapses: mechanisms and implications"
The 11th David Smith Lecture in Anatomical Neuropharmacology was given on 3 March 2015 by Professor Jean-Marc Fritschy of the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Zurich http://www.pharma.uzh.ch/neuromorpho
The Lecture was hosted by Professor Peter Somogyi.
The lecture series celebrates the vision of the previous Chair of Pharmacology Prof. A. David Smith, who set up the Unit in 1985 and is currently Honorary Associate Director.
Monica Di Luca, President of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), recently announced the appointment of Professor J. Paul Bolam (University of Oxford) and Professor John Foxe (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York) as new Editors-in-Chief of the European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN), the official journal of FENS. Paul and John will be taking over from Jean-Marc Fritschy (University of Zurich) and Martin Sarter (University of Michigan), who have been at the helm for 6 years. The new Editors-in-Chief will formally take over on 1st January 2015.
Unit director Peter Somogyi receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Zurich. Prof Dr Michael Hengartner the President greeted Peter as the latest Honorary Doctor of the prestigious University of Zurich. The title will be bestowed on him in a ceremony Dies Academicus on the 26th of April. Peter collaborated with world leading neuroscientists the late Peter Streit and the current head of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Prof Jean-Marc Fritschy.
On the 29th of March 2014, Prof Ian W. Chubb, Chief Scientist of Australia and the Unit Director, Prof Peter Somogyi planted a fastigiate oak (Quercus robur fastigiata) to commemorate the start of their historical collaboration 40 years ago in 1974, under the supervision of A. David Smith in the Department of Pharmacology. The projects on the release of acetylcholinesterase from the adrenal medulla (Somogyi, Chubb & Smith 1975; Somogyi & Chubb 1976) led to continuing translational research programmes both in Australia by Ian Chubb and in Oxford by David Smith.
Cell-type specific regulation of interneuronal microcircuits in the cortex
Professor Ivan Soltesz, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California Irvine. http://www.anatomy.uci.edu/soltesz.html delivered the 7th David Smith Lecture on the 6th March 2012, followed by dinner at Brasenose College.
Glutamate receptors: their localization, function, and roles in physiological learning processes
The 4th David Smith Lecture in Anatomical Neuropharmacology was given on the 4th May, by Prof. Ryuichi Shigemoto, Head of Division of Cerebral Structure, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, Japan, and Professor, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, School of Life Science.