Swammerdam Lecture David Rowitch

SWAMMERDAM LECTURE - Wednesday October 26th 2022 at 12:00

Prof. dr. David Rowitch

Developmental Genetics in Glia Biology


Department of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge, UK

Date / time

Wednesday October 26th 2022 12:00-13:00


Dr. Vivi Heine


Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
WN-Building, room C-147
De Boelelaan 1085, Amsterdam

David Rowitch will give a masterclass for a selected group of ONWAR PhD candidates after his lecture (14:00-16:00). See below for more information.

David Rowitch is a pediatrician (neonatology) and developmental neuroscientist. He is Professor and Head of Department of Paediatrics at the University of Cambridge (UK), and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at University of California San Francisco. Professor Rowitch’s laboratory in the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute investigates genetic factors that determine development and diversity of glia, which comprise 90% of cells in the human brain. His laboratory has established how embryonic central nervous patterning specifies myelinating oligodendrocytes through essential functions of Olig2, a study that helped initiate era of developmental genetics in glial biology, and how astrocyte functional diversification is critical for support of neural circuits in spinal cord. He has applied principles of developmental neuroscience to better understand human neonatal brain development as well as white matter injury in premature infants, multiple sclerosis and leukodystrophy.

The aim of this Masterclass is to have a highly interactive and stimulating meeting. The Masterclass will take place from 14:00 to 16:00.

  • ± 6 PhD students will be selected to give a 5-8 min presentation to introduce their research dilemma/discussion point(s) that they would like to discuss with David Rowitch. The presentation should be short to keep ample time for feedback and discussion. It is advised to formulate the questions/discussion points in the last slide.
  • The total MSc class takes ±2h
  • PhD students who are not selected to present can still attend.
  • PhD supervisors do not attend.

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