Emeritus Group Prof. Dr. Sakmann
This involves the use of light- and electron-microscopic techniques to reconstruct the wiring of different cell types in the layers of a column. Electrophysiological reactions of individual cell types to sub-threshold and above-threshold levels and the results of in-vitro-pair-registration will be used to stimulate the reconstructed network realistically. Eventually, this will hopefully allow the determination of those parts of the network that trigger sensory initiated behavior. This should elucidate how the network changes in its structure and function during the process of learning.
Bert Sakmann won in 1991, together with Erwin Neher, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for discoveries concerning the single ion channels in cell membranes". Aa an Emeritus Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research (Department of Cell Physiology), Bert Sakmann established his extended emeritus-group in January 2008 at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology.