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Tuesday, 23 May 2017
(at 17:00 in room BIOTEC, seminar rooms E05/E06, Broadcasted from Leuven)
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Decoding the brain black box using innovative technologies

Dr. Alan Urban

NERF, Belgium

Our brain is composed of billions of neurons linked through trillions of synaptic connections. Decoding the brain functions represents a problem of immense complexity that has not yet been solved by computational studies. Currently, the best chance to understand it relies on combinatorial approaches allowing simultaneous manipulation of neuronal circuits, brain imaging and behavior analyses. During this seminar, I will present the most promising tools currently available in preclinical research. I will detail the advantages of genetically engineered animals and viral vectors for expression of actuators and/or sensors in specific cellular population as well as novel devices for recording and/or imaging brain activity at high spatiotemporal resolution in freely moving conditions.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Alan URBAN received his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Lorraine University in 2008. He has been a fellow from the French Ministry of Research and Technology. In 2010, he gets a diploma in experimental surgery of Paris 5 University. From 2009 to 2012, he was assistant professor in the prestigious Engineer school Ecole de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris. From 2012 to 2016, he worked as a junior group leader at INSERM Hospital Sainte-Anne in Paris where he develops with industrial partners a novel brain imaging technology called functional ultrasound. Since April 2016, he is a group leader at the Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF) empowered by imec, VIB and KU Leuven. Alan was also working as invited scientist for the RIKEN Institute in Tokyo and for Tel-Aviv University in Israel. He is the recipient of numerous scientific and entrepreneurship awards such as the CIPP award in 1999, the Nobert Segard Price in 2013 and the C. Genial 2nd price in 2015. He created 3 companies and is a worldwide technological consultant in imaging technology. He is part time professor at the KULeuven.

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