PhD positions available – Marie Curie ETN “SmartNets”

Host: Poirazi Lab, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Heraklion, Greece. Vacancy terms: Full Time, Fixed Term starting from 1st of April 2021 for 1 year (renewable for 2 more years). Living allowance: 34,800 € per annum (approximately 22,800 € Net). Depending on family status, successful candidates will also have mobility (600 […]

Featured in the Year’s Biggest Breakthroughs in Biology

Our collaborative study with the lab of Matthew Larkum that was published earlier this year  in Science Magazine has made into the Year’s Biggest Breakthroughs in Biology by Quanta Magazine. In a nutshell: Dr. Albert Gidon in the Larkum Lab (add link to the Larkum lab) discovered that L2/3 neurons in the human brain have a new type […]

Reflections on the past two decades of neuroscience research

This year, Nature Reviews Neuroscience marked its 20th anniversary since the publication of its first issue. To celebrate this milestone, the editors invited prominent figures in the field of Neuroscience to write a Viewpoint article on what developments they consider particularly interesting and what research directions they envision for the future.

Check out our most exhaustive review (yet) on dendritic modelling

Dendrites in the spotlight It’s been more than a century since dendrites captivated the curious minds of pioneer neuroanatomists –Ramon y Cajal and Wilhelm His being among the most notable and well-cited ones–, yet, we neuroscientists are still as fascinated as ever. With the dendrites comprising the most delicate of building blocks underlying the chaotic structure of our […]

Uncovering the mechanisms of spatial deficits in epilepsy

Epilepsy’s impact is not limited to seizure events While most seizures resolve spontaneously after a few minutes, the long-term impact can be rather grim if the condition goes untreated. Significant memory and executive function deficits often ensue, taking a toll on patients’ daily lives. This is no surprise since the most common diagnosis for epilepsy involves […]

Quanta Magazine runs a story about our recent Science paper

Quanta Magazine, published by Simon Foundation, runs an article on the hidden computational power of dendrites, drawing inspiration from our recent Science paper. To accurately communicate the story, Quanta’s writer Jordana Cepelewicz consulted Dr. Poirazi, and parts of the interview are included in the article. Give it read! Below we copy an excerpt: To figure out what the new kind of […]

Dendritic contributions to feature selectivity in the visual cortex

Half the credits ain’t fair! It’s been more than 37 years of science in the making, since Bienenstock, Cooper and Munro proposed their groundbreaking theory of synaptic plasticity to account for seemingly disparate experimental results on feature selectivity emergence in the feline visual cortex. Indeed, their plasticity rule, among a handful of others (Hebbian, STDP, […]

A deep learning framework for neuroscience

  Together with a group of amazing scientists, we recently wrote a Perspective on how Deep Learning principles may help advance Neuroscience and vise-versa. It started as heated discussions in a meeting in Barbados last February and resulted in an article that seamlessly integrates our very different views. We hope you enjoy it as much […]