"Towards the circuit diagram of the mouse brain" by Dr Winfried Denk

Past Event

10 February 2014, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

This seminar is hosted by the Programme on Mind and Machine, an Oxford Martin Programme and The Centre for Neural Circuts and Behaviour

Speaker: Dr Winfried Denk, Director, Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg

Summary: Reverse engineering the brain is the goal of neuroscience. Blueprints are the core of engineering and it is their recreation that is the goal of reverse engineering.

Can we recreate the blueprints (circuit diagrams) of the brain? I will describe our efforts to do just that with the help of 3D electron microscopy, computer assisted image segmentation and crowd sourcing.

About the speaker

Winfried Denk holds a PhD in Physics from Cornell University and has been the Director of the Biomedical Imaging Department at the Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research since 2000. He previously spent 9 years at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, after a brief postdoc at the IBM Research Laboratory in Rueschlikon, Switzerland. He has worked on multi-dimensional NMR spectroscopy, near-field optical microscopy, auditory hair cells, two-photon microscopy, retina, and, most recently, on 3D EM imaging for the reconstruction of neural circuits. Denk is a recipient of the 2012 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience.