From Mechanisms of Neurogenesis to Neural Repair


November 20, 2018 - 12:00pm
BioLabs Building, Room 1080
About the Speaker
Magdalena Götz
Speaker Title: 
Director of the Institute for Stem Cell Research at the Helmholtz Center
Speaker Affiliation: 
LMU, Munich

We study the mechanisms of neurogenesis in order to implement them for neuronal repair. I will present unpublished work about novel molecular mechanisms important for neurogenesis in the developing murine cerebral cortex and will then turn to using these for direct neuronal reprogramming after traumatic injury of the adult murine cerebral cortex in vivo. I will discuss different viral vector approaches and up-date on the recent breakthrough in direct glia-to-neuron achieving high efficiency and mature neuronal subtypes sending out long range projections. I will close by discussing the integration of replaced neurons into the circuitry of the adult murine cerebral cortex, that normally does not integrate new neurons at adult stages and present unpublished data about the mechanisms regulating this integration. Taken together, our knowledge about basic mechanisms of neurogenesis allowed making great strides towards neuronal repair.