ERC Starting Grant for research in memory formation and consolidation


Sadegh Nabavi has been awarded one of the prestigious ERC Starting Grants. (Photo: DANDRITE)
Figure 1. Sadegh Nabavi will use optogenetics to modify memory strength at the synaptic level to study why only some synapses, and hence memories, become permanent (Figure: Sadegh Nabavi)
Figure 2. a) Fear conditioning with optogenetics. Diagram of rat’s fear memory circuit receiving optogenetically driven input stimulation (laser) paired with a shock (left). Animal is tested one day later (right) by optical activation of the input (blue). Time plot shows normalized number of lever presses (1 min bins) to a previously learned cued lever-press task. b) LTD inactivates memory. In vivo field response in lateral amygdala to single optical stimulus (left) before and after LTD induction (1Hz). Animal is tested one day later (right). c) LTP reactivates memory. Same as b) except animal receives an LTP protocol (100Hz). (Figure: Sadegh Nabavi, published in Nature (Nabavi et al., 2014))

2015.11.20 | Grant

ERC Starting Grant for research in memory formation and consolidation

MBG-DANDRITE Group Leader Sadegh Nabavi is awarded an ERC Starting Grant of EUR 1.5 million for research into memory formation to answer the fundamental questions on why some memories last and some are soon lost.

2015.11.03 | Research

Breeding confident mink has side benefits

When you select for confident mink in the breeding programme, you also get a better fur quality according to a study from Aarhus University. The study also shows that behaviour has a higher heritability than previously thought.

Most cells in the body sit in one place – the environment and the neighbours are well known, and the blood provides a constant supply of nutrients. The sperm, on the other hand, must go on a dangerous journey from the testicle to the fallopian tube, where it is challenged by significant fluctuations in temperature, pH and salt composition. Photo: Colourbox (Kiyoshi Takahase Segundo)

2015.10.29 | Research

Unique pump in sperm cells makes a difficult journey possible

A prerequisite for the sperm cell's difficult journey from the testicle to the fallopian tube is its unique sodium-potassium pump. New studies of the unique pump show how it differs from the sodium-potassium pumps in the rest of the body, and gives hints on why sperm cells have developed their own pump.

The part of the research team that is located at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (from left): Rune Hartmann, Line Lykke Andersen and Hans Henrik Gad. Line, who is first author, has just defended her Master's thesis. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen, Aarhus University.

2015.10.20 | Research

Cause of viral infection of the brain mapped out

Researchers have discovered a defect in the immune system, which causes some people with herpes virus to develop a life-threatening inflammation of the brain. This immunodeficiency is likely the same for certain types of meningitis and also the reason why some people become seriously ill due to influenza.

The field of agricultural sciences encompasses a wide range of subjects related to how humans use and develop natural resources for their benefit. Photo: Anders Trærup

2015.10.13 | Research

Aarhus University’s agricultural science research among world elite

With an impressive ninth place Aarhus University is ranked among the world’s top ten universities with regard to agricultural sciences which includes researchers from MBG from Foulum og Flakkebjerg.

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Symposium on Genes, Reproduction and Development

1 December 2015 - 09:00-18:00

The symposium will discuss recent advances in our understanding of human ovarian follicle activation, in particular in regard to current treatments, and how to overcome infertility, a disease in the reproductive organs affecting more than 10% of couples trying to conceive.

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Mon 30 Nov
10:00-12:00 | China Agriculture University, Department of Animal science and Technology, Conference room 4
PhD defence: Xiujin Li: Improvement of genetic evaluation and QTL mapping by using combined populations
Tue 01 Dec
09:00-18:00 | AIAS, Buildings 1630-1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B
1st Symposium on Genes, Reproduction and Development
Tue 08 Dec
12:00-14:00 | Lecture Theatre, Research Centre Flakkebjerg
PhD defence: Dagmara Podzimska-Sroka: NAC transcription factors involved in senescence in barley

Lecture series at MBG

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The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG)
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  • The Science Park - Gustav Wieds Vej 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  • Biokæden (Campus) - C.F. Møllers Allé 3, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  • iNANO - Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  • Foulum - Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark
  • Flakkebjerg - Forsøgsvej 1, 4200 Slagelse, Denmark
  • MBG's teaching labs - C.F. Møllers Allé 4, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

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