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Special Lectures Summer Semester 2017:

March 24, 2017 12:00h conference room IMP, Goethestrasse 31/ I room H 1.17

Matei Bolborea, MSc, PhD, FHEA, University of Warwick, UK

"Tanycyte - Neuron communication - implications for the control of appetite and body weight"


June 2, 2017 12:00h conference room IMP, Goethestrasse 31/ I room H 1.17

Prof. Akos Kovacs, PhD, University of Jena

" Division of labor and evolution of autonomy in bacterial biofilms"


June 26, 2017 12:00h Kleiner Hörsaal Physiologie, Pettenkoferstr. 12

Prof. Carl Johnson, PhD, Vanderbilt University, USA

"As time glows by: Circadian Clocks from Molecules to Populations"

Special Lectures Winter Semester 2016/2017:

October 4, 2016 16:00h conference room IMP, Goethestrasse 31/ I room H 1.17

Garret FitzGerald, M.D., F.R.S. McNeil Professor in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania

"Unwinding the Circadian Clock In Physiology and Disease"

October 6, 2016 12:00h conference room IMP, Goethestrasse 31/ I room H 1.17

Nitin Chouhan, Rudolf Virchow Center, University of Würzburg

"Circadian Clock facilitates memory formation in Drosophila melanogaster"

October 11, 2016, 14:00h T Building, MPI Biochemistry, Small Lectutre Hall

joint seminar MPI Biochemstry and Institute for Medical Psychology

Prof. Amita Sehgal, University of Pennsylvania and HHMI

"The Biology of Bedtime: understanding circadian rhythms and sleep"

October 14, 2016 12:00h conference room IMP, Goethestrasse 31/ I room H 1.17

Prof. Charna Dibner, University of Geneva

"The circadian clock is orchestrating gene transcription and physiological function in human skeletal muscle"

special event for our 2. year medical students, if you are interested in joining, please apply with Prof. Martha Merrow

October 14, 2016 20:00h conference room IMP, Goethestrasse 31/ I room H 1.17

Prof. Jeff Fields, a pharmacologist from University of Pennsylvania will host a Special Journal Club on a paper targeting "the Ras oncogene for cancer therapy"

October 17, 2016 16:00h conference room IMP, Goethestrasse 31/ I room H 1.17

Prof. Ronald Kühnlein, MPI Göttingen & University Graz

"Flying fats-glucagon-like signaling in Drosophila melanogaster"

October 20, 2016 12:00h conference room IMP, Goethestrasse 31/ I room H 1.17

Prof. Josef Priller, Charité Berlin

"Innate immunity in models of neurodegeneration"

October 24, 2016 12:00h conference room IMP, Goethestrasse 31/ I room H 1.17

Dr. Joram Ronel, TU Munich, Klinikum Rechts der Isar

"One Heart and One Soul"

December 8, 2016 12:00h Joint seminar Max von Pettenkofer Institute, Hörsaal MvP, Pettenkoferstr. 9a

Prof. Andreas Baumler, US Davis, USA

"The pyromaniac inside you: Salmonella metabolism in the host gut"

Special Lectures Wintersemester 2015/2016

December 7, 2015, 17:00h

Dr. Jeremy Howick, Centre for Evidence-Based-Medicine, University of Oxford

"Why placebos are better than amphetamines for boys who can't down ins chool"

January 12, 2016, 16:00h

Prof. Erwin Frey, LMU München

"Cellular Protein Patterns"

January 19, 2016, 16:00h

Pieter Rein ten Wolde, AMOLF Amsterdam

"The coupling between the circadian clock and the cell cycle"

Oberseminar Sommersemester 2015

April, 13, 2015 Klaus Linde TU München Can network meta-analysis answer the question which depression treatment works best in primary care?
April 20, 2015 Alex Webb University of Cambridge Circadian regulation of signalling in Arabidopsis
April 27, 2015 Hanspeter Herzel Humboldt University Berlin Theoretical Chronobiology- more questions than answers
May, 04., 2015 Carla Margulies LMU München Toward an understanding of the molecular mechanisms regulating hunger and satiation
May 11, 2015 Franck Vidal University of Aix-Marseille Mechanism and neural basis of time estimation
May 18, 2015 Mirjam Münch Charité Berlin Pupillometry meets Chronobiology
June 1, 2015 Luísa Figueiredo University of Lisbon Trypanosoma brucei parasite infection accelerates the mouse circadian clock
June 8, 2015 Sarah Reece University of Edinburgh TBA
June 22, 2015 Leslie Griffith Brandeis University, US Sleep and Memory in Drosophila
July 6, 2015 Amita Seghal HHMI/University of Pennsylvania Mysteries of sleep: what can we learn from simple animal models?
July 13, 2015 Peter Henningsen and colleagues TU München, Ein Austausch über die Lehre zwischen Medizinischer Psychologie, Psychosomatik und Medizindidaktik

Oberseminar Wintersemester 2014/2015

06.10.2014 Prof. Elisabeth Binder
MPI for Psychiatry, Munich and Emory University School of Medicine, US
Molecular mechanisms of gene x environment interactions in psychiatry.
Host: Prof. Martha Merrow

24.11.2014 Vladyslav V. Vyazovskiy, PhD
University of Oxford, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics
Ultradian rhythms of sleep.
Host: Dr. Eva Winnebeck

01.12.2014 Prof. Stuart Peirson
Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford
Effects of light on physiology and behavior.
Host: David Lenssen

08.12.2014 Dr. Florian Beissner
Institut für Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany
Functional segmentation of the human hippocampus and its potential for psychotherapy research.
Host: PD Dr. Karin Meißner

15.12.2014 Dr. Sara Montagnese
University of Padova, Department of Medicine DIMED
Chronobiology in the clinic
Host: Prof. Till Roenneberg

12.01.2015 Anton Sirota Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
Munich, Rhythms in cortical circuits at different timescales: mechanisms and functional

19.01.2015 Henriette Uhlenhaut Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity, The glucocorticoid receptor and the mammalian circadian clock

04. 02. 2015 Susan Crosthwaite University of Manchester, Stop making sense: convergent transcription is required for robust circadian rhythmicity

05.02. 2015 Christian Cajochen Center for Chronobiology, University Hospital Basel, Light sleep clock: the hottest topic from the Basel group

09.02. 2015 Yohko Kitayama University of Nagoya, KaiC intersubunit communicaton facilitates
robustness of circadian rhythms in cyanobacteriatop

Oberseminar Summersemester 2014

31.03.2014 Charissa de Becker, PhD
Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Penn State University, US
Unraveling the heterogeneous mechanisms underlying behavioral manipulation by a fungal parasite.
Host: Prof. Martha Merrow

07.04.2014 Prof. Charalambos P. Kyriacou
Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Molecular Genetics of the circadian clock in Drosophila melanogaster
Host: Dr. Maria Olmedo

14.04.2014 Dr. Henrik Bringmann
Department of Sleep and Waking, MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
A sleep-like state in the nematode C. elegans
Host: Dr. Maria Olmedo

28.04.2014 Prof. William J. Schwartz, MD
Department of Neurology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, US
Circadian Biology at the Supra-Organismal Level
Host: Prof. Martha Merrow

05.05.2014 Prof. Matthias Tschöp
Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity, Garching, Germany
The ghrelin system
Host: PD Dr. Karin Meißner

12.05.2014 Prof. Gerd Schulte-Körne
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich, Germany
Depression in Children and Adolescent
Host: Prof. Till Roenneberg

19.05.2014 Prof. Alexander van der Linden
Center of Biomedical Research Excellence, University of Nevada, Reno, US
The circadian clock in C. elegans
Host: Prof. Martha Merrow
! Seminar will take place at 12:00 s.t. !

02.06.2014 Dr. Daniel Wiswede
Clinic for Neurology, Department of Medical Psychology, University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany
Cognitive control and error processing in patients with Asperger’s syndrome
Host: Dr. Petra Carl/Alexander Benz

30.06.2014 Prof. Cornelia van Duijn
Genetic Epidemiology Unit, Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Human genetics and the genetic control of complex traits
Host: Prof. Till Roenneberg

07.07.2014 Peter J. McCormick, PhD
School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Circadian heterodimerization of adrenergic and dopaminergic receptors.
Host: Dr. Mirjam Geibeltop

Oberseminar Wintersemester 2013/2014

Oct. 10, 2013 Urs Albrecht, Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland The circadian clock and its impact on physiology and behaviour
Oct. 21, 2013 Sebastian Schnieder Experimental Industrial Psychology, U.Wuppertal, Germany Chronobiologically Adapted Light Settings in Hotel-Environments:Psychophysiological Field Study Results from an Randomized Controlled TrialNov. 04, 2013 Kristin Tessmar-Raible Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna, Austria: The impact of light on nervous system functionNov. 11, 2013 Götz Fabry Department of Medical Psychology, University of Freiburg, Germany Challenges Teaching Medical PsychologyNov. 18, 2013 Della David German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Tübingen, Germany Understanding proteostasis disruption with ageNov. 25, 2013 Franz-Ulrich Hartl, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, München, Germany Molecular Chaperones: Cellular Machinery of Protein Folding and Quality Control
Dec. 02, 2013 Diane B. Boivin Douglas Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Canada Rhythms and sex: a chronobiologist's view
Dec. 09, 2013 Christoph Scheiermann Walter-Brendel-Center of Experimental Medicine, LMU Rhythmic leukocyte trafficking: Implications for health and disease
Dec. 16, 2013 Sandra Eifert Herzzentrum Leipzig, University of Leipzig, Germany Gender Differences in Cardiovascular Diseases under specific consideration of Pregnancy
Jan. 13, 2014 Sigrid Elsenbruch Institute of Medical Psychology & Behavioral Immunobiology, University Hospital Essen, Germany Placebo and nocebo effects in visceral pain: mechanisms and clinical relevance.
Jan. 27, 2014 Hans Reinke Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (IUF), Düsseldorf, Germany Feb. 3, 2014 Daniel Aeschbach Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Köln-Porz, Germany, Sleep regulation in the extremes: are short and long sleeps different? top

Oberseminar Sommersemester 2013

April, 15, 2013David Gatfield Université de Lausanne, Center for Integrative Genomics Post-transcriptional control of circadian rhythms: roles for microRNAs and RNA-binding proteins

April, 22, 2013 Ernil Hansen Universitätsklinikum Regensburg, Neurochirurgie Negativsuggestionen in der Medizin - was kann man von der Hypnotherapie über Noceboeffekte lernen?
April, 29, 2013 Greg Stephens Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Do we click? Speaker-listener neuronal coupling underlies successful communication
May, 06, 2013 Christina Schmid Psychiatric University,Basel, Center of Chronobiology Human sleep-wake regulation over the 24-hour cycle : a behavioral, electrophysiological and functional neuroimaging approach.
May, 13, 2013 Randolf Menzel FU Berlin, Neurobiology The role of sleep in honeybees
May, 27, 2013 Simon Folkard Université Paris Descartes & Swansea University How hard is a hard day's night? Towards an estimation of the size of shiftwork health and safety problems

June, 03, 2013 Johnni Hansen Danish Cancer Society, Institute of Cancer Epidemiology Epidemiological studies of working time and cancer risk – the Danish experience”
June, 10, 2013 Ute Vollmer-Conna University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia VAGUS the wanderer and a good night’s sleep
June, 17, 2013 Claudia Kiessling Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Lehrstuhl für Didaktik Pruefen kommunikativer Kompetenzen - IST-Stand und nationale und internationale Entwicklung
June, 24, 2013 Michele Solimena Technical University Dresden, Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus Ready to sleep? Biogenesis and turnover of insulin secretory granules
July, 01, 2013 Manuel Zimmer Research Institute of Molecular Pathology Imaging neural circuits and behavior in the nematode C. elegans
July, 08, 2013 Sarah Reece University of Edinburgh, Centre for Immunity, Infection& Evolution Clocks in Malaria Parasitestop

Oberseminar Winter 2012/2013

Oct. 15, 2012 Prof. Ken Wright University of Colorado at Boulder, USA "Higher cognitive functions modulated by circadian and sleep processes"
Oct. 22, 2012 Prof. Amir Raz McGill University, Montreal, Canada "Hypnosis as a non-deceptive placebo: Brain imaging findings from studies involving suggestion and expectation"

Oct. 29, 2012 Prof. Peter Angerer Institut für Arbeitsmedizin und Sozialmedizin, Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf "Latest trends in occupational health research on shift- and night work"

Nov. 5, 2012 Prof. Ikue Mori University of Nagoya, Japan "Memory Circuits in C. elegans"
Nov. 12, 2012 Prof. Birgit Ertl-Wagner Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München "Methods of neuroimaging - the hows and whys"
Nov. 19, 2012 Prof. Erik Herzog Dept. Biology, Washington U., St. Louis, Missouri, USA "What woke you on Saturday: Networked circadian clocks in the brain"
Nov. 26, 2012 Prof. Dr. ClaudiaBausewein, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München "Palliative Care: Achievements and Challenges"
Dec. 03, 2012 Dr. J. C. Billeter University of Groningen, Netherlands "Who is he and what is he to you? Pheromonal recognition in Drosophila"

Dec. 10, 2012 Dr. John O'Neill University of Cambridge, UK "Peroxiredoxins are conserved markers of circadian rhythms"
Dec. 17, 2012 Dr. Hedderik van Rijn University of Groningen, Netherlands "Coincidence-detection models of interval timing: How cortico-striatal ensemble activity guides temporal performance"
Jan. 14, 2013 Prof. Dr. Peter Falkai Dept. of Psychiatrie, LMU München "Goodbye Kraepelin: Schizophrenia goes plastic"
Jan. 28, 2013 Prof. Steve Brown University of Zürich, Switzerland "Genetics and epigenetics of cellular clocks"
Feb. 04, 2013 Prof. Rodolfo Costa University of Padova, Italy "The fly Cryptochrome and the visual system"
Feb.11, 2013 Dr.Charo Robles Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry München "Post-transcriptional mechanisms shape circadian oscillations of the liver proteome"top

German Clock Club - first meeting in Munich March 19, 2013, Schillerstrasse 44, Room K318

What is the German Clock Club? Clocks research in Germany is extremely strong, however we think that it would benefit from friendly, informative meetings twice a year to hear what we are all working on, to intensify collaborations and exchange know-how and methods. These meetings should provide a forum where we improve each other's science via critique on work in progress. We are borrowing this model from the successful UK and Dutch clock clubs, where these meetings have ultimately supported increased visibility in the scientific community leading to increased funding.

With this meeting we were picking up an initiative that had started with the 1st Clock-Club-Meeting in Frankfurt exactly 10 years ago (March 2003). We are determined that – this time – we will all be more successful in making this a regular platform for German chronobiologists.

The program on 19 March  consisted of short talks, ending with a plenary lecture at 15:00 by Dr. Eva Wolf, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München who spoke about ‘Structure-function analyses of Drosophila and mammalian clock proteins’.