Adult Neurogenesis: Structure and Function

Start date
May 27, 2010
End date
May 30, 2010
Evolutionary considerations, Regulation by “function”, Genetic control, Behavioral consequences, Modeling

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This meeting will  be chaired by Gerd Kempermann, Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden.

Adult neurogenesis is a particular and extraordinary example of plasticity in the adult and aging brain. "Plasticity" in general can be defined as the reciprocal relationship between structure and function. But how exactly are structure and function linked through new neurons? In contrast to synaptic plasticity which adds new connections, adult neurogenesis provides new knots in the network which in turn can make additional new connections. It thus seems that with adult neurogenesis a kind of plasticity can be achieved that is impossible with changing synapses alone. This conference brings together some of the very best researchers on adult neurogenesis to discuss structure and function in adult neurogenesis.