Date(s) - 07/30/2014
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The John G. Nicholls Endowed Lecture
“A Connectomic Approach to Neural Systems in Behavior”Jeff Lichtman, Harvard University
July 30, Speck Auditorium, 8:00 PM
About the John G. Nicholls Endowed Lecture
John G. Nicholls is Professor of Neurobiology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy (SISSA). He was born in London in 1929 and received a medical degree from Charing Cross Hospital and a Ph.D. in physiology from the Department of Biophysics at University College London, where he did research under the direction of Sir Bernard Katz. He worked at University College London, at Oxford, Harvard, Yale and Stanford Universities and at the Biocenter in Basel, before moving to SISSA, Trieste. With Stephen Kuffler, he made experiments on neuroglial cells and wrote the first edition of “From Neuron to Brain” which is soon to appear in its fifth edition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the Mexican Academy of Medicine, the recipient of the Venezuelan Order of Andres Bello and of Honorary degrees from the University of Tasmania and the University of Trieste. He has given laboratory and lecture courses in neurobiology at the Marine Biological Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor, and at universities throughout the world. His work concerns synaptic transmission and regeneration of the nervous system after injury, which he studied first in an invertebrate, the leech, and then in the immature mammalian spinal cord. Since 2004, he has studied neural mechanisms that give rise to the rhythm of respiration.