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Cells Webinar | Nervous System Development and Plasticity in Model Organisms II

12 Apr 2021, 00:00

Disease, Cells, Nervous System, Plasticity, Model Organisms
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4rd Webinar on Cells

Nervous System Development and Plasticity in Model Organisms II

The nervous system is essential for receiving, transferring, and processing information, which allows us to make important decisions and carry out everyday tasks. It is composed of two main cell populations, which are the neurons and the glial cells.
As the central part of the nervous system, neurons process incoming information and transmit it to different parts of the body. Glial cells provide support and protection for neurons and are necessary for neural development, synapse and myelin formation, and the proper functioning of neurons. They also maintain the homeostasis of the nervous system as some populations of glial cells can behave as neural stem cells during embryonic development and in adult stages.
During the development of an organism, the nervous system undergoes significant changes not only regarding its structure but also its function. Neurons, glial cells, and the numerous molecular signals and components that are part of the nervous system can play various roles during different stages of development and in different parts of the nervous system.
This webinar features several eminent experts in the field of nervous system development, maintenance, and regeneration in different model organisms.

Dr. Sepand Rastegar
Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems (IBCS),
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT),
Karlsruhe, Germany

Date: 12 April 2021

Time: 1:00 pm CEST

Webinar ID: 819 0302 8414

Webinar Secretariat:

Chair: Dr. Sepand Rastegar

The following experts will present and talk:

Dr. Sepand Rastegar, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Dr. Sepand Rastegar studied Biology at the University of Strasbourg, France, where he obtained his diploma degree in 1996. Dr. Sepand Rastegar completed his PhD in the laboratory of Prof. Walter Knöchel at the University of Ulm, Germany. In 2000, Dr. Sepand Rastegar moved back to Strasbourg to do 2 years of post-doctoral research with Prof. Uwe Strähle at the IGBMC. In 2002, Dr. Sepand Rastegar obtained a permanent position at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). In 2005, Dr. Sepand Rastegar moved to Germany to work at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Currently, Dr. Sepand Rastegar is investigating the molecular mechanisms that regulate zebrafish neurogenesis and regeneration. His models are the embryonic spinal cord and the adult telencephalon. His full list of publications is available at

Dr. Diego García-González, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Diego García-González studied biology at the “Universidad Complutense de Madrid” (Spain). Interested in developmental neurobiology, he conducted his PhD at the “Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos” (Fernando de Castro’s Lab) and “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid”. During his PhD, he studied how the extracellular matrix regulates the development of the olfactory system in rodents. Dr. Diego García-González then joined the Department of Prof. Hannah Monyer at the German Cancer Research Center/University of Heidelberg, where he studied the generation of inhibitory neurons. In particular, he focused his research on the mechanisms that control neuroblast migration in the postnatal brain. In 2019, Diego moved to Denmark for a second postdoc in the Khodosevich Lab at BRIC (University of Copenhagen), where he is investigating how cell identity is established during brain development.

Dr. Matthias Carl, Trento University, Italy

After University studies and a Master’s thesis in Virology at Göttingen University, Germany Dr. Matthias Carl started his "fishy" research journey at the Max-Planck Institute in Göttingen and the EMBL-Heidelberg, Germany. In the group of Jochen Wittbrodt, he studied eye and brain development in Medakafish during his PhD. He became an EMBO research fellow and moved to UCL London to learn the secrets of zebrafish with Steve Wilson and to investigate left-right brain asymmetries during his postdoctoral period. In 2009, Dr. Matthias Carl went back to Germany and was appointed as a principal investigator at Heidelberg University. After another eight years, Matthias accepted a position at Trento University, Italy, and is currently an Associate Professor of Physiology. His laboratory of translational neurogenetics focuses on the genetic interplay underlying neurogenesis and links between the habenula neural network and psychiatric disorders.



Time in CEST

Dr. Sepand Rastegar

Chair Introduction

1:00 – 1:05 pm

Dr. Diego García-González

Mechanisms of Postnatal Neuroblast Migration in Vertebrates

1:05 – 1:50 pm

Dr. Matthias Carl

The Many Ways of Wnt Steering Asymmetric Neuronal Diversity and Beyond

1:50 – 2:35 pm

Q&A Session

2:35 – 2:55 pm

Closing of Webinar
Dr. Sepand Rastegar

2:55 – 3:00 pm

Webinar Content

The fourth webinar of the MDPI journal Cells, entitled “Nervous System Development and Plasticity in Model Organisms II”, was held on Monday 12 April 2021. This online seminar was chaired by Dr. Sepand Rastegar (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) and Dr. Diego García-González (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Dr. Matthias Carl (Trento University, Italy) presented their research related to nervous system development, maintenance, and regeneration.

The first speaker to quick off this webinar was Dr. Diego García-González and his presentation showed the mechanisms of postnatal neuroblast migration in vertebrates. The second speaker was Dr. Matthias Carl and he presented his research on the many ways of Wnt steering asymmetric neuronal diversity. Both presentations were followed by a Q&A session, moderated by the chair, to answer the questions submitted by live online audience.

The webinar was offered via Zoom, and registration was required for attendance. The full recording can be found below.

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Relevant Special Issues

Neurogenesis and Regeneration in the Zebrafish Central Nervous System
Guest Editor: Dr. Sepand Rastegar
Guest Editor: Ms. Luisa Lübke
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022

Ca2⁺, Na⁺, and K⁺ Homeostasis and Signaling in Brain Development and Neurological Diseases
Guest Editor: Dr. Anna Pannaccione
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2021

Neuronal Death and Regeneration
Guest Editor: Dr. Bor Luen Tang
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021

Mechanisms of Neurodevelopment and Neurodegeneration
Guest Editors: Prof. Illana Gozes, Dr. Carmen Laura Sayas
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2021

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