The ERC dEMORY project featured as… webcomics!

Science meets art, art meets science! ERCcOMICS, a creative and ambitious science-communication initiative that exploits the power of visual storytelling to innovate the way European research is communicated, has featured dEMORY as a notable European Research Council (ERC) funded research project, and recently came up with the above illustration, inspired by Dr. Poirazi’s TEDx talk on the cellular mechanisms […]

Our recent Nature Communications publication is featured by the editors

Challenging the point-neuron dogma is no easy feat, but hard work pays off!   In this instance, the editors of Nature Comm. selected our recent paper on the said topic to be featured on journal’s highlights.   We must extend our warm congratulations to the main authors, Alexandra Tzilkivaki and Dr. Kastellakis.   In case you haven’t read it yet, here’s the link, off […]

Linking memories with synaptic capture and excitability

Dr. Kastellakis’s research on the cellular mechanisms that facilitate learning and memory is gaining momentum among peers in the field. On 13-14 July, he gave an invited talk on the subject, with the title: “Linking memories with synaptic capture and excitability”, at the “Neuroplasticity: from Bench to Machine” Workshop, organized by the University of Surrey. If interested to learn more, take a […]

PhD Fellow and lab member, Alexandra Tzilivaki, is awarded with the “Maria Mihail Manassaki” scholarship

We are delighted to announce that Alexandra Tzilivaki has been awarded with the “Maria Mihail Manassaki” scholarship, based on her academic excellence as a postgraduate student of the Biology Department, University of Crete, during the 2016-2017 term. Alexandra has been distinguished over the years by her devotion, unchallenged motivation, and skillful diligence ever since joining our lab […]

Investing in Young Researchers, Shaping Europe’s Future

23 ERC grantee researchers, Dr. Poirazi included, 3 Nobel Laureates, and MEPs met at Strasbourg on 31 May to address current science policy issues and shape the future directions of European Research.         Read more details on the meeting at the below links:   FORTH News Announcement in Greek European Parliament Press Release

Alexandra Tzilivaki was selected as Next Generation Woman Leader by McKinsey and Company

Alexandra Tzilivaki, PhD candidate at Charite Medical School Berlin and IMBB FORTH, was recently appointed as Next Generation Woman Leader by McKinsey & Company. Her application was screened by McKinsey based on academic excellence, work experience, extracurricular activities and leadership profile. Mckinsey & Company selected young female academics (under 38 years old) from worldwide with strong problem-solving […]

Our publication in Nature Communications is recommended by F1000 for its special significance in the field

Dr. Polleux, Prof. of Neuroscience at Columbia University, recommended our publication: Frank, et al., (2018). Hotspots of dendritic spine turnover facilitate clustered spine addition and learning and memory. Nature communications. on F1000Prime as being of special significance in its field. Dr. Polleux’s recommendation comment: “In their study, Frank and collaborators used state-of-the art imaging techniques to relate the structural phenomenon of spine turnover […]

IMBB and UCLA researchers show how synaptic turnover facilitates learning and memory

The laboratory of Dr. Alcino Silva at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) joined forces with the lab of Dr. Poirazi at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) of FORTH in order to explain why the “banding together” of synapses in dendrites relates to better learning and memory. The work is published in the scientific journal Nature Communications, and […]