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

6 Dec 2021, 14:00 (CET)

Enteric Nervous System, Zebrafish, CajalRetzius Cells, Hippocampus
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14th Webinar on Cells

Nervous System Development and Plasticity in Model Organisms VI

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: 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 proper function 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.

Date: 6 December 2021

Time: 2:00 pm CET | 8:00am EST | 9:00pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 870 0932 2936

Webinar Secretariat:


Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems-Biological Information Processing (IBCS-BIP), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany

I Studied Biology at the University of Strasbourg, France, where I obtained my diploma degree in 1996. I completed my PhD in the laboratory of Prof. Walter Knöchel at the University of Ulm, Germany. In 2000, I moved back to Strasbourg to do a two-year post-doctoral research program with Prof. Uwe Strähle at the IGBMC. In 2002, I obtained a permanent position at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). In 2005, I decided to move to Germany to work at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Currently, I am investigating the molecular mechanisms that regulate zebrafish neurogenesis and regeneration. My models are the embryonic spinal cord and the adult telencephalon. My full list of publications available at:

Invited Speakers

Department of Integrative Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA

Julia Ganz carried out her undergraduate education in Biology at the University of Konstanz and at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where she carried out her research thesis in the lab of Dr. Wolfgang Driever. She completed her Ph.D. studies in the lab of Dr. Michael Brand at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and the Biotechnology Center in Dresden, Germany. In her graduate work, she identified and characterized the stem cell niches in the adult zebrafish brain. For her postdoctoral work, Julia joined the lab of Dr. Judith Eisen at the University of Oregon, where she studied the genetic and environmental influences that regulate the development of the enteric nervous system. Since 2016, Julia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University.

Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Centre for Neural Computation, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s in Neurobiology from the Università di Pavia, in Italy. In 2009, I moved to Northwestern University, Chicago, to complete my Ph.D. in Neuroscience where I worked in the lab of Dr. Gianmaria Maccaferri, studying the integration of Cajal-Retzius cells in the postnatal hippocampal circuit. In 2014, I joined the laboratory of Dr. Gord Fishell and then at NYU to study the role of genetic and environmental factors in determining the differentiation of cortical and hippocampal interneurons. In 2017, I moved back to Europe, in Norway, to work with Dr. Edvard Moser, at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, at NTNU, in Trondheim, where I continued to investigate the role of Cajal-Retzius cells in the maturation of the hippocampal circuit. Since 2021, I am group leader of the Circuit Development lab at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience.

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Time in CET

Chair Dr. Sepand Rastegar


2:00 - 2:05 pm

Professor Julia Ganz

The brain in the gut - enteric nervous system development and function in zebrafish

2:05 - 2:50 pm

Q&A Session

2:50 - 3:00 pm

Dr. Giulia Quattrocolo

Contribution of Cajal-Retzius cells to the maturation of the hippocampal circuit

3:00 - 3:45 pm

Q&A Session

3:45 - 3:55 pm

Closing of Webinar

Chair Dr. Sepand Rastegar

3:55 - 4:00 pm

Relevant SI

Neurogenesis and Regeneration in Teleost Central Nervous System
Guest Editors: Dr. Sepand Rastegar & Ms. Luisa Lübke
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022

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