Erin M. Schuman – The Remarkable Neuron: Building Long-lasting Memories from Short-Lived Elements

Erin Schuman-1Forbes Lecture
“The Remarkable Neuron: Building Long-lasting Memories from Short-Lived Elements”
Erin M. Schuman, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research

Friday, July 22, 2016, 8 – 9pm
Lillie Auditorium
Lectures are free and open to the public.

Introduction by Felix Schweizer, President, Grass Foundation; Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Lecture Abstract:
An individual neuron in the brain possesses approximately 10,000 synapses, many of which are hundreds of microns away from the cell body, which can process independent streams of information. How do neurons solve this problem? During synaptic transmission and plasticity, remodeling of the local pool of neuronal proteins occurs via the regulated synthesis and degradation of new proteins. I will discuss previous and current studies aimed at understanding how local protein synthesis contributes to synaptic function and plasticity.

Erin Schuman was born in 1963 in California. After completing her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Southern California in 1985, Erin Schuman received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Princeton University in 1990. She conducted postdoctoral studies in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. She was appointed to the Biology Faculty at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1993 and stayed there until 2009. In 2009, she moved to Frankfurt, Germany to found the Department of Synaptic Plasticity at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research.

In 1997 Erin Schuman was appointed Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). She received several awards and grants, including the Pew Scholars Award, the Beckman Young Investigator Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. In 1995, she was named as the American Association of University Women’s Emerging Scholar. In 2013, she gave the Cruickshank Lecture at the Gordon Research Conference on Dendrites and was awarded Hodgkin Huxley Katz Prize Lecture by the Physiological Society (UK).

About the Forbes Lectures:

Since 1959, the Forbes Lecture has been supported by The Grass Foundation, a private foundation that supports research and education in neuroscience. The lectures are given in honor of pioneering neurobiologist Alexander Forbes. Traditionally, the Forbes lecturer also spends several weeks at the MBL, working alongside the Grass Fellowship Program.