Swammerdam Lectures


 Every year ONWAR organizes a prestigious series of seminars called the Swammerdam Lectures.

The aim of these lectures is to inform our PhD students, as well as postdocs and staff members from the associated institutions, about recent state-of-the-art neuroscience research with a high scientific impact.

The subjects span all of neuroscience, and over the years we have hosted outstanding speakers.

Jan Swammerdam was a Dutch zoologist living in the 17th century. He conducted, amongst others, experiments contradicting Cartesian concepts of mind-brain interaction. 

upcoming Lectures



The Swammerdam Lectures series has a rich history of great lectures, going all the way back to 1982. 


231. Prof. dr. Ed Lein –  July 14th 2023                                                                                                                          Alllen Institute for Brain Science                                                                                                                           Human brain cell atlasing and its application to brain disease

230. Prof. dr. Sabine Kastner –  June 14th 2023
Princeton Neuroscience Institute                                                                                                                          Neural dynamics of the primate attention network

229. Dr. Jong M. Rho – March 31st 2023
Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego & UC San Diego School of Medicine                                                           Ketosis and Neuroprotection: Mechanisms and Implications for Diverse and Mental Health Disorders


228. Prof. dr. Inbal GoshenDecember 2nd 2022
Goshen Lab, Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC), The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel                                                                                                                                                 Astrocytes in High Brain Function

227. Prof. dr. Georg KellerNovember 17th 2022
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
The Significance of Self-generated Sensory Feedback

226. Prof. dr. Pierre VanderhaeghenNovember 8th 2022
Department of Neurosciences, Leuven Brain Institute, at KULeuven, and IRIBHM, ULB, Brussels
Mechanisms Linking Development and Evolution of the Human Brain

225. Prof. dr. David Rowitch – October 26th 2022
Department of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge, UK
Developmental Genetics in Glia Biology

224. Prof. dr. Elizabeth Buffalo – October 11th 2022
Buffalo Lab, University of Washington, USA
Neural Dynamics of Memory Formation in the Primate Hippocampus

223. Prof. dr. Rafael Yuste – June 10th 2022
NeuroTechnology Center, Dept. Biological Sciences, Columbia University, NY, USA
Can you see a thought? – Neuronal ensembles as emergent units of cortical function

222. Dr. Silvia Cappello – March 31st 2022
Developmental Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany
Extracellular Signalling in Neurodevelopmental Disorders


221. Prof. dr. Jürgen Knoblich – November 4th 2021
Knoblich Lab, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Vienna, Austria
Modeling human brain development and disease in stem cell derived 3D culture

220. Dr. Beth Stevens – June 17th 2021
The Stevens Lab, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston, MA, USA
How immune cells help wire the brain in health and disease

219. Prof. dr. Erik Jorgensen – April 23rd 2021
School of Biological Sciences, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Neurons that refuse to grow up: establishing and maintaining synaptic connectivity

218. Dr. Shane Liddelow – April 16th 2021
Liddelow Lab, Neuroscience Institute @NYU Langcone, NY, USA
Neurons that refuse to grow up: establishing and maintaining synaptic connectivity


217. Dr. Denise Cai – November 20th 2020
Cai Lab, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA
The dynamic brain: linking memories across time

216. Prof. dr. Bernardo Sabatini – September 18th 2020
Sabatini Lab, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
Synapses and circuits of the basal ganglia for action selection and evaluation

215. Dr. Franck Polleux – April 24th 2020
Dept. of Neuroscience, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
A human-specific modifier of synaptic development, cortical circuit connectivity and function


214. Prof. dr. Christof Koch – November 22nd 2019
Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, WA, USA
Neural Correlates of Consciousness – Progress and Problems

213. Prof. dr. Sten Linnarsson – October 9th 2019
Linnarsson Lab, Dept. of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Human brain development from single cell transcriptomes

212. Prof. dr. Dora. Angelaki – September 16th 2019
Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York, NY, USA
A gravity-based three-dimensional compass in the mouse brain

211. Prof. dr. Hailan Hu – June 6th 2019
Hailan Hu Lab, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Neural mechanisms of social and emotional behavior: from pecking order to ketamine


210. Prof. dr. W. Schultz – November 23rd 2018
Dept. of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Univ. of Cambridge, UK
Iconoclastic reverse engineering: from biological goal via theory-driven design to reward neurons

209. Prof. dr. C. Brody – October 26th 2018
Brodylab, Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton, NJ, USA
Neural substrates for decision making in rats

208. Prof. dr. F. Guillemot – October 23rd 2018
Neural Stem Cell Biology Laboratory, The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
Stem cell heterogeneity in the adult brain

207. Prof. dr. M. Scanziani – September 21st 2018
Scanziani Lab, Univ. of California San Francisco, HHMI, San Francisco, CA, USA
Cortical circuits of vision

206. Prof. dr. K. Tye – June 27th 2018
Tye Lab, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA
Neural circuits important for emotional valence

205. Prof. dr. Y. Dan – June 22nd 2018
Dept. Mol. & Cell Biology and HHMI, Univ. California at Berkeley, USA
Neural circuits controlling sleep

204. Prof. dr. L. Mucke – June 1st 2018
UCSF School of Medicine, Dept. of Neurology, Univ. of California, San Francisco, USA
Intriguing links between developmental and degenerative brain disorders

203. Prof. dr. G. Tononi – April 19th 2018 – in collaboration with Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC) 
The Center for Sleep and Consciousness, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, MI, USA
The burden of wake and the reasons of sleep


202. Prof. dr. J. Seckl – November 24th 2017  
Endocrinology Unit, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Glucocorticoids, steroid metabolism and developmental programming of the brain

201. Prof. dr. M. Carandini – October 13th 2017  
Cortexlab, UCL, London, UK
From vision to decisions and navigation in mouse cortex

200. Prof. dr. H. Kasai – October 9th 2017  
Laboratory of Structural Physiology, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Dendritic spines shaping memory and behaviors

199. Prof. dr. E. Kavalali – September 22nd 2017  
Department of Neuroscience, U.T. Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA
Mechanisms of quantal neurotransmission in the central nervous system

198. Prof. dr. J. Mattick – June 26th 2017  
Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia
RNA is the computational engine of human development and brain function

197. Prof. dr. D. Jabaudon – June 9th 2017  
Dept. of Basic Neuroscience, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Fate and freedom in the developing neocortex

196. Prof. dr. S. Josselyn – May 23rd 2017 – in collaboration with Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC)
Josselyn Lab, Hospital for Sick Children, Univ. of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Making, breaking and linking memories

195. Prof. dr. R. Livesey – April 19th 2017 – CANCELLED
Livesey Lab, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Human cerebral cortex development and disease in stem cell systems


194. Prof. dr. B. Richardson – November 25th 2016
Richardson Lab, University College London, London, UK
Oligodendrocytes, life-long partners of neurons

193. Prof. dr. C. Dulac – November 4th 2016
Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Molecular and cellular architecture of social behavior circuits in the mouse

192. Prof. dr. A. Churchland – October 7th 2016
Churchland Lab, Cold Spring Harbor Lab, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA
Neural circuits for perceptual decision-making

191. Prof. dr. A. Silver – September 30th 2016
The Silver Lab, University College London, London, UK
Synaptic signalling in the input layer of the cerebellar cortex

190. Prof. dr. H. Scharfman – May 12th 2016
The Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, NYU School of Medicine, Orangeburg, NY, USA
Abnormal excitability as the earliest stage in Alzheimer’s disease

189. Prof. dr. S. Murray Sherman – April 29th 2016
Dept. of Neurobiology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
A view of cortex from the thalamus

188. Prof. dr. S. Noctor – April 15th 2016
UC Davis MIND Institute, Sacramento, CA, USA
Evolution and regulation of neural precursor cells in the developing vertebrate brain


187. Prof. dr. E. Kim – November 27th 2015
Center for Synaptic Brain Dysfunctions, KAIST, Daejon, South-Korea
Synaptic scaffolds, NMDAR function, and autism spectrum disorders

186. Prof. dr. D. Fitzpatrick – September 25th 2015
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Jupiter, FL, USA
Building cortical circuits

185. Prof. dr. D. Geschwind – June 1st 2015
Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry and Human Genetics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Integrative genomics in Autism Spectrum Disorder

184. Prof. dr. W.B. Dobyns – May 11th 2015
Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA, USA
Inside out: the nature and genetic basis of cortical malformations

183. Prof. dr. G. Tamás – February 6th 2015
University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary
Unprecedented connections of interneurons in the human and rodent neocortex


182. Prof. dr. I. Segev – November 28th 2014
Institute of Life Sciences, Department of Neurobiology, Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
What did we learn from the Blue Brain project?

181. Prof. dr. K. Harris – October 3rd 2014
Institute of Neurology, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London, London, UK
Organization of neuronal assemblies in neocortex

180. Prof. dr. J. Roeper – June 27th 2014
Institute of Neurophysiology, Neuroscience Center, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Selective pathophysiology in subpopulations of dopaminergic midbrain neurons in schizophrenia and Parkinson Disease

179. Prof. dr. B. Roth – May 26th 2014
Roth Lab, Pharmacology Dept., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Chemical biology and chemogenetics as transformative technologies for neuroscience

178. Prof. dr. O. Brüstle – March 12th 2014
Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology, University of Bonn, LIFE & BRAIN Center, Bonn/Germany
Stem cells for the study and treatment of neurological disease

177. Prof. dr. C.F Constant– February 10th 2014
MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Intrinsic and extrinsic regulation of remyelination


176. Prof. dr. G. Holstege – November 29th 2013
Center for Uroneurology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen, Groningen
The central nervous system control of pelvic organs

175. Prof. dr. J. Frisén – November 21st 2013 – CANCELLED
Dept. of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden
New cells in old brains

174. Prof. dr. H. Eichenbaum – September 10th 2013
Laboratory of Cognitive Neurobiology, Boston University, Boston, USA
The hippocampus in space and time

173. Prof. dr. M. Larkum – May 14th 2013
Neurocure Cluster of Excellence, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
A cellular mechanism for cortical associations – an organizing principle for the cerebral cortex

172. Prof. dr. S. Zukin – April 26th 2013
Neuropsychopharmacology Center, Dept. of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA
REST-dependent epigenetic remodelling drives the developmental switch in synaptic NMDA receptors

171. Prof. dr. A. Luthi – March 8th -> June 27th 2013
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
Defining the neuronal circuitry of fear

170. Prof. dr. F. Lopes da Silva – February 15th 2013
Emeritus Center for NeuroScience, SILS-UvA, Amsterdam
Tapping the brain – brain rhythms and cognitive phenomena: from correlations to brain-computer interfaces


169. Prof. dr. M. Götz – December 13th 2012
Stem Cell Research, and Physiological Genomics, München University, Germany
Neurogenesis from glial cells – new approaches towards neuronal repair

168. Prof. dr. J.D. Haynes – November 23rd 2012
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin, Germany
“Brain reading”: decoding thoughts from human brain activity

167. Prof. dr. G. Fishell – September 28th 2012
Smilow Neuroscience Program, New York University Medical Center, NYC, USA
Activity-dependent gene expression directs the maturation of cortical interneurons and the assembly of cortical circuits

166. Prof. dr. T. Südhof – September 25th 2012
Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stanford, USA
Molecular mechanisms of calcium-triggered neurotransmitter release

165. Prof. dr. Y. Ben-Ari – May 24th 2012
Inmed-Inserm, Marseille, France
Brain maturation and neurological disorders: when does the disease start?

164. Prof. dr. S. Goldman – May 11th 2012
Neurology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA
Human glial progenitor cell-based treatment and modelling of the myelin disorders

163. Prof. dr. J. Reynolds – May 7th 2012
Systems Neurobiology Laboratory, the Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA
Neuronal implementation of attentional processing in visual cortex

162. Prof. dr. G. Buzsáki – March 21st 2012
Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA
Neural syntax: brain rhythms parse cell assemblies


161. Prof. dr. C. Keysers – November 24th 2011
Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, KNAW, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
From mirror neurons to empathy

160. Prof. dr. K. Deisseroth – August 26th 2011
Dept. of Bioengineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Optogenetics: technology for controlling the brain with light

159. Prof. dr. J. Sanes – July 1st 2011
Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Dissecting visual circuits in the visual system

158. Prof. dr. M. Bear – April 20th 2011
The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA
Fulfilling the promise of molecular medicine in a developmental brain disorder

157. Prof. dr. K. Martin – March 4th 2011
Institute of Neuroinformatics, UZH/ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Mapping the matrix: is there a greyprint for neocortex?


156. Prof. dr. K. Deisseroth – November 25th 2010
Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
Optogenetics: technology for controlling the brain with light

155. Prof. dr. A. Araque – October 15th 2010
Instituto Cajal, CSIC, Madrid, Spain
Tripartite synapses: astrocytes process and control synaptic information

154. Prof. dr. M. Hausser – September 17th 2010
Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research and Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, University College London, UK
Dendritic computation

153. Prof. dr. M.E. Goldberg – July 8th 2010
Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA / President of the Society for Neuroscience
Hering and Helmholtz were both right: two mechanisms for spatial accuracy in the parietal cortex

152. Prof. dr. E. Callaway – May 18th 2010
Systems Neurobiology Laboratories, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California, USA
Unraveling cortical circuits with photostimulation and Rabies Virus

151. Prof. dr. B. de Strooper – May 18th 2010
Laboratory of Neuronal Cell Biology and Gene Transfer, KU Leuven, Belgium
The secretases as targets for drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease

150. Prof. dr. K. Nader – April 27th 2010
Dept. of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Exploiting the dynamic nature of memory for therapeutic purposes

149. Prof. dr. S. Grant – February 19th 2010
Gene to Cognition Programme, Welcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK
Synapse evolution


148. Prof. dr. T. Tully – November 19th 2009
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA
Enhancing Memory

147. Prof. dr. G. Laurent – November 2nd 2009
Computation and Neural Systems Program, Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology, USA
Dynamics and coding in an olfactory circuit

146. Prof. dr. C. Petersen – October 30th 2009
Lab. of Sensory Processing, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Synaptic mechanisms of sensory perception

145. Prof. dr. D. McCormick – October 7th 2009
Dept. of Neurobiology, Yale University, New Haven, USA
Cortical network dynamics

144. Prof. dr. D. Ginty – September 11th 2009
Dept. of Neuroscience, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
Growth and survival signals controlling development of the peripheral nervous system

143. Prof. dr. J. Dalley – August 24th 2009
Dept. of Experimental Psychology and Behavioral and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, University of Cambridge, UK
The behavioural neuroscience of impulsivity and compulsivity: cross-species analysis

142. Prof. dr. F. Bradke – May 6th 2009
Axonal Growth and Regeneration, MPI for Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany
Intracellular mechanisms of axonal growth and regeneration

141. Prof. dr. F. Kirchhoff – March 3rd 2009
Dept. of Neurogenetics, MPI of Experimental Medicine, Göttingen, Germany
Dynamics of the central nervous system imaging neuron-glia interactions in vivo

140. Prof. dr. S. Grant – February 6th 2009 – CANCELLED
Welcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK
Synapse complexity and the origins of the brain


139. Prof. dr. S. Strittmatter – December 12th 2008 –
Dept. of Neurology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA
Nogo receptor function in adult brain plasticity, sprouting and axonal regeneration

138. Prof. dr. R. Goebel – November 27th 2008 –
Dept. of Neurocognition, Maastricht University, Maastricht & Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Using the BOLD signal for communication and neurofeedback: automatic decoding of real-time fMRI data

137. Prof. dr. H. Monyer – October 17th 2008 – CANCELLED
Dept. of Clinical Neurobiology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Molecular and functional studies of GABAergic interneurones at the cellular and network level

136. Prof. dr. P. Jonas – June 23rd 2008
Physiological Institute, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
Mechanisms of fast signalling in parvalbumin-expressing hippocampal interneurons

135. Prof. dr. J. Lisman – June 2nd 2008
Dept. of Biology, Volen Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA
The hippocampal memory system: progress in understanding the critical molecular and network mechanisms

134. Prof. dr. A. Volterra – May 13th 2008
Dept. of Cell Biology and Morphology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Astrocytes as active synaptic partners: from physiology to neurodegeneration

133. Prof. dr. F. LaFerla – April 25th 2008
Dept. of Neurobiology & Behavior, University of California, Irvine, USA
Studying and treating Alzheimer’s Disease in mice and its translation to humans

132. Prof. dr. J. O’Doherty – March 19th 2008
Div. of Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
Model-based fMRI and its application to reward-learning and decision making


131. Prof. dr. S. Nelson – December 10th 2007
Dept of Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA
Physiological genomics of neuronal cell types

130. Prof. dr. R. Stickgold – November 22nd 2007
Center for Sleep and Cognition, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Sleep, memory, and dreams: what your brain is doing while you sleep

129. Prof. dr. E. Gundelfinger – October 22nd 2007
Dept. of Neurochemistry and Molecular Biology, Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg, Germany
The brain’s extracellular matrix: a 100 year-old structure still in search for functions

128. Prof. dr. P. Shaw – September 27th 2007
Academic Neurology Unit, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Mechanisms in motor neuron disease

127. Prof. dr. P. Seeburg – September 21st 2007
Dept. of Molecular Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany
Of mice and memories

126. Prof. dr. M. Schwab – June 14th 2007
Brain Research Institute, University and ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Mechanisms of structural and functional repair of the injured adult CNS

125. Prof. dr. E. Moser – May 23rd 2007
Centre for the Biology of Memory, Norwegian University of science and technology, Trondheim, Norway
Entorhinal grid cells and hippocampal memory: How do we keep track of where we are?

124. Prof. dr. P.M. Lledo – Janaury 19th 2007
Institut Pasteur, Department of Neuroscience, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Newborn neurons in old circuits: how, where and why?


123. Prof. dr. L. Steinman – December 12th 2006
Dept. of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Interdept. Program in Immunology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Genomics and proteomic analysis of brain tissue from inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases

122. Prof. dr. B. Sakmann – November 23rd 2006
Dept. of Cell Physiology, MP for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany
Microcircuits in the neocortex

121. Prof. dr. R. Wong – September 1st 2006
Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, WA, USA
Imaging circuit assembly in the vertebrate retina

120. Prof. dr. M.H. Tuszynski – June 15th 2006
Center for Neural Repair, University of California-SanDiego, La Jolla, CA, USA
Growth factor gene delivery for Alzheimer’s disease

119. Prof. dr. B.B. Fredholm– April 24th 2006
Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
The many roles of adenosine in the brain

118. Prof. dr. M.A.L. Nicolelis – February 6th 2006
Dept. of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA
Computing with neural ensembles


117. Prof. dr. R. Mailnow – November 24th 2005
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA
Synaptic plasticity mechanisms

116. Prof. dr. M. D’Esposito – October 10th 2005
Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute & Dept. of Psychology, University of California-Berkeley, USA
Towards understanding the role of the frontal lobes in cognition

115. Prof. dr. G. Buzsáki – October 3rd 2005
Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA
Brain rhythms and their content

114. Prof. dr. S. Smith – June 24th 2005
Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Beckman Center, Stanford University Medical School, USA
Seeing circuits assemble: imaging structure, dynamics and function in developing zebrafish brain

113. Prof. dr. G. Tononi – May 13th 2005
Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA
Sleep and synaptic homeostasis: from molecules to networks

112. Prof. dr. O. Paulsen – April 1st 2005
University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford, UK
Hippocampal network oscillations: gaining functional insights from underlying mechanisms

111. Prof. dr. A.R. Kriegstein – January 21st 2005
Dept. of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA
Patterns of neurogenesis and migration in cortical development


110. Prof. dr. P. Mombaerts – November 25th 2004
Lab. of Developmental Biology and Neurogenetics, The Rockefeller University, New York, USA
Olfaction targeted

109. Prof. dr. R.L. Buckner – October 12th 2004
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA
Images of memory in health and disease

108. Prof. dr. F.M. Rieke – September 6th 2004
Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Seeing in the dark: retinal processing and absolute visual sensitivity

107. Prof. dr. R.G.M. Morris – July 6th 2004
Center for Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Memory and the hippocampus: elements of a neurobiological theory

106. Prof. dr. B.D. Trapp – March 14th 2004
Dept. of Neurosciences, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinical Foundation, Cleveland, OH, USA
Pathogenesis of neurological disability in multiple sclerosis

105. Prof. dr. J.D. Schall – January 16th 2004
Dept. of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
Neural selection and control of visually guided saccades


104. Prof. dr. S.E. Fischer – November 27th 2003
Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
The neurogenetic basis of a sever speech and language disorder

103. Prof. dr. R.M. Nitsch – October 30th 2003
Division of Psychiatric Research, University of Zurich Medical School, Zurich, Switzerland
Vaccination against beta-amyloid in Alzheimer’s disease

102. Prof. dr. M. Steriade – July 14th 2003
Lab. of Neurophysiology, Laval University, Quebec, Canada
Neuronal plasticity during states of vigilance leading to paroxysmal events in corticothalamic systems

101. Prof. dr. B. van der Horst – June 27th 2003
Dept. of Cell Biology and Genetics, Erasmus MC Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Tick-tock of the mammalian circadian clock

100. Prof. dr. M. Brecht – March 21st 2003
Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany
Identified neurons and cortical representations

99. Prof. dr. H. Cline – February 14th 2003
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, USA
Activity drives the structural and functional development of the visual system

98. Prof. dr. M. Mayster – January 13th 2003
Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
The neural code of the retina


97. Prof. dr. A. Matus – November 28th 2002
Dept. of Neurobiology, The Friedrich Mayscher Institute, Basel, Switzerland
Actin dynamics regulate the morphological plasticity of synaptic connections in the brain

96. Prof. dr. E.K. Miller – November 18th 2002
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, USA
Prefrontal cortex: categories, concepts and cognitive control

95. Prof. dr. S.A. Small – October 23rd 2002
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, USA
The rise and fall of memory: imaging hippocampal circuits with MRI

94. Dr. P. Seeburg – May 24th 2002
Dept. of Molecular Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany
Manipulating LTP and learning in mouse

93. Prof. dr. A. Aguzzi – February 28th 2002
Institute for Neuropathology, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
The immunology of prion diseases

92. Prof. dr. W. Singer – January 28th 2002
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Hirnforschung, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Complementary strategies for the encoding of relations in the cerebral cortex


91. Prof. dr. D.I. Boomsa – December 6th 2001
Dept. of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Genes and behaviour

90. Dr. E. Gundelfinger – October 29th 2001
Dept. of Neurochemistry and Molecular Biology, Leibnitz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg, Germany
Assembly of chemical synapses of the central nervous system

89. Dr. R.J. Dolan – July 17th 2001
Dept. of Cognitive Neurology, Institute of Neurology, University College London, London, UK
Functional brain imaging in depression

88. Dr. M. Segal – June 11th 2001
Dept. of Neurobiology, The Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
Functional plasticity in dendritic spines of cultured hippocampal neurons

87. Prof. dr. G. Bloch – April 25th 2001
NSF Center for Biological Timing, University of Virginia, USA
Circadian timing within the mammalian nervous system

86. Prof. dr. P. Sterling – April 9th 2001
Dept. of Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
How visual perception depends on circuits, synapses, and vesicles

85. Prof. dr. A. Konnerth – March 2nd 2001
Physiologisches Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, München, Germany
Large-scale calcium waves in the developing brain


84. Prof. dr. B.L. McNaughton – December 6th 2000
Neural Systems, Memory and Aging, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
In what sense the hippocampus is and is not a cognitive map

83. Prof. dr. S.G.N. Grant – December 1st 2000
Center for Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
A new molecular basis for learning and memory

82. Prof. dr. B.S. Meldrum – October 19th 2000
King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Dept. of Clinical Neurosciences, London, UK
Glutamate metabotropic receptors and epilepsy

81. Dr. G.L. Collingridge – April 4th 2000
MRC Centre for Synaptic Plasticity, School of Medical Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
Long-term potentiation and glutamate receptors in the hippocampus

80. Prof. dr. J. O’Keefe – February 18th 2000
Dept. of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College London,  UK
Spatial functions of the hippocampus

79. Prof. dr. R.K.S. Wong – January 21st 2000
Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY at Brooklyn, NY, USA
Glutamate receptors and epilepsy


78. Dr. J.M.J. Murre – December 2nd 1999
Dept. of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“TraceLink”: a model of learning, memory, amnesia and semantic dementia

77. Dr. G.J. van Ommen – June 18th 1999
Dept. of Genetics, Section Antropogenetics, University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands
Human genome and health care: medical biology

76. Prof. dr. R. Plasterk – June 11th 1999
Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Functional genomics of C. elegans: application to neurogenetics of perception

75. Prof. dr. B.J. Everitt – February 26th 1999
Dept. of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Learning and drug addiction: an exploration of neural mechanisms underlying drug-seeking in animals and human


74. Dr. P.R. Roelfsema & dr. V.A.F. Lamme – December 2nd 1998
Replacing prof. dr. A.R. Damasio

73. Prof. dr. P.G. Strange – March 23rd 1998
School of Animal and Microbiological Sciences, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, UK
Dopamine receptors, structure and function


72. Prof. dr. R. Nicoll – December 12th 1997
Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Aminoacid neurotransmission in the brain

71. Dr. G. Schütz – October 15th 1997
German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany
Analysis of glucocorticoid and cAMP by gene targeting

70. Dr. A. Wirz-Justice – July 4th 1997
Chronobiology Laboratory, Psychiatric University Clinic, Basel, Switzerland
Melatonin, the marvellous molecule for miracular medicine: what do we know about it, actually?

69. Dr. M. Mayford – March 27th 1997
University of California, San Diego, USA
Genetic control of learning and memory from the cellular to the systems level


68. Dr. E.B. De Souza – December 3rd 1996
Research and Development, Neurocrine Biosciences Inc., San Diego, CA, USA
Neurogenetics and the discovery of novel inflammatory mediators in the central nervous system

67. Prof. dr. K. Unsicker – November 7th 1996
Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Multiple facets of trophic factors and cytokines in nervous system development and regeneration

66. Prof. dr. G.M. Martin – June 25th 1996
Professor of Pathology, Adjunct Professor of Genetics, Director Alzheimer Disease Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Gene action in the pathobiology of aging in man

65. Dr. M.P. Mattson – June 11th 1996
Sanders Brown Research Center on Aging and Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA
Novel excitoprotective signal transduction mechanisms that suppress calcium influx


64. Prof. dr. M.A. Corner – October 5th 1995
Netherlands Institute for Brain Research, Amsterdam
Spontaneity of neuronal discharges as a new (and ontogenetically early) principle. In ‘neuroplasticity’ research

63. Prof. dr. T.A. Wehr – June 6th 1995
Clinical Psychobiological Branch, NIMH, Bethesda, USA
Influence of light on sleep and circadian rhythms in controls and depressed patients

62. Prof. dr. J.C. Gillin – June 6th 1995
Dept. of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, USA
PET scanning and sleep studies in depressed patients

61. Dr. M. Palkovíts – April 28th 1995
Laboratory of Neuromorphology, Semmelweis University Medical School, Budapest, Hungary & Laboratory of Cell Biology, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
Stress‑conducting neuronal pathways: somatosensory‑autonomic interrelationships

60. Dr. P. Somogyi – February 20th 1995
Medical Research Council, Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Compartmentalised distribution of GABA and glutamate receptors in relation to transmitter release sites

59. Dr. J. Epelbaum – January 19th 1995
Centre Paul Broca, Paris, France
Somatostatin deficit in Alzheimer’s disease

58. Prof. dr. C. Trevarthen – January 6th 1995
Department of Psychology, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Human brain embryology and childhood empathic disorders


57. Prof. dr. H. Lassmann – December 1st 1994
Research Unit for Experimental Neuropathology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Patterns of cell death in inflammatory and degenerative disorders of the nervous system

56. Dr. H.G. Wiezer – November 21st 1994
Neurology Clinic, Dept. of Epileptology and EEG, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland
Epilepsy surgery: what did we learn

55. Dr. D. Hamer – November 2nd 1994
Laboratory of Biochemistry, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
Genes, hormones and human sexuality

54. Prof. dr. D.W. Pfaff – April 22nd 1994

53. Dr. A. Rosina – March 8th 1994
Instituto di Neuroscienze e Bioimmagini, Milano, Italy
Developmental plasticity in the olivocerebellar system; an in situ and immunohistochemical confocal study

52. Dr. T.F. Freund – February 8th 1994
Institute of Experimental Medicine, Budapest, Hungary
Inhibitory circuits of the hippocampus, their local and subcortical control


51. Dr. B. Pakkenberg – October 21st 1993
Neurological Research Laboratory, Copenhagen, Denmark
When do humans lose neurons: new results and new problems in the quantitation of the central nervous system

50. Dr. S.J. Watson – September 10th 1993
Mental Health Research Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Glutamate receptors in the central nervous system

49. Dr. H. Monyer – June 14th 1993
Laboratory of Molecular Neuroendocrinology, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Glutamate receptors in the central nervous system

48. Dr. J.B. Hutchison – April 28th 1993
MRC Neuroendocrine Development and Behaviour Group, IAPGR, Babraham, Cambridge, UK
Organisational influence of androgen metabolism in the brain: the roles of active and inactive metabolite formation

47. Dr. N.G. Seidah – March 29th 1993
Clinical Research Institute of Montréal, Québec, Canada
The mammalian kexin/subtilisin-like family of pro-hormone and pro-protein convertases

46. Prof. dr. C. Duyckaerts – March 19th 1993
Laboratoire de Neuropathologie R. Escourolle, La Salpetrière, Paris, France
Why do neurofibrillary changes in Alzheimer’s disease con­form to neuroanatomy

45. Prof. dr. W.W. Tourtelotte – March 19th 1993
National Neurological Research Specimen Bank, USA
7 Steps to ideal brain banking for the neuroscientist

Lecture to celebrate the foundation of the Graduate School Neurosciences Amsterdam (ONWA)
Prof. dr. C. Blakemore – March 8th 1993
Department of Physiology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
The self-made brain

44. Prof. dr. G.L. Ruskell – January 5th 1993
City University, London, United Kingdom
The cavernous sinus plexus: its composition and its relationship to the eye, orbit and cerebral arteries


43. Prof. dr. H.G. Heinzel – December 11th 1992
Institute of Zoology, University Bonn, Division of Neurobiology, Germany
The cooperation of several central pattern generators in the crustacean stomatogastric system

42. Prof. dr. M. O’Shea – November 25th 1992
Sussex Centre for Neuroscience, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
Neuropeptide biosynthesis and the regulation of peptide ratios in insect neurosecretory cells

41. Dr. R. Worden – November 17th 1992
Logica Cambridge Ltd, Cambridge, UK
The hippocampus: assembling memory fragments in space

40. Dr. R.G.M. Morris – November 17th 1992
Laboratory for Neuroscience, Department of Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh, UK
Does long term potentiation have anything to do with learning

39. Prof. dr. C.E. Finch – June 22nd 1992
Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
New roles for inflammatory mediators in the brain: TGF-beta and complement factors during responses to experimental and age-related lesions

38. Prof. dr. K.P. Hoffmann – June 9th 1992
Lehrstuhl für Allgemene Zoologie und Neurobiologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Parallel processing in the visuo-motor system of primates

37. Prof. dr. N.K. Gonatas – April 16th 1992
Division of Neuropathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA
Organelle specific antibodies as tools for cell biology and neuropathology


36. Dr. H.S. Schmale – November 22nd 1991
Institute for Cell Biochemistry, Hamburg, Germany 
Hereditary diabetes insipidus in rat and man

35. Prof. dr. G. Buzsáki – June 27th 1991
Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA
Network cooperation and memory trace formation in the hippocampus

34. Dr. C.A. Ingham – June 24th 1991
Department of Preclinical Veterinary Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Morphological changes in the rat neostriatum after removal of the dopamine input – light and EM studies

Snellius Lecture:  prof. dr. Andersen – May 21st 1991
University of Oslo, Norway
Integrative and plastic properties of individual central synapses

33. Dr. S. Laroche – February 18th 1991
Département de Psychophysiologie, Laboratoire de Physiologie Nerveuse, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Long-term potentiation of synaptic transmission and its role in memory mechanisms: facts and hypotheses


32. Dr. G.W. Arbuthnott – September 27th 1990
Medical Research Council, External Scientific Staff, Department of Preclinical Veterinary Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
The ‘thorny’ problem of what dopamine does in the brain

31. Dr. B. Julesz – August 30th 1990
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ & California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA Early vision is bottom-up, except for focal attention


  • Dr. L.K. Kaczmarek 
    Department of Pharmacology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Long-term changes in neuronal ion channels and release sites induced by protein kinases
  • Dr. I. Kuperfermann
    Center for Neurobiology and behavior, N.Y. State Psychiatric Inst. & Columbia University, USA
    Feeding behavior in the sea hare, aplysia californica: a model for the neural behavioral study of behavioral states
  • Dr. D.L. Alkon
    National Institutes of Health, Laboratory of Molecular and  Cellular Neurobiology, Neural Systems Section, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
    A G-protein substrate of protein kinase c induces long-term memory-specific transformations of neurons

29. Prof. dr. A. Kaneko – July 12th 1990
National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, Japan
Transformation of colour signals in the retina: from trichromacy to opponency

28. Prof. dr. J. Glowinski – May 10th 1990
Collège de France, Paris, France
Pharmacological properties of astrocytes. Heterogeneity and functional application

27. Prof. dr. Y. Laporte – February 6th and 13th 1990
Collège de France, Paris, France
Recent observations on muscle receptors and motor units


26. Prof. dr. A.N. Popper – September 20th 1989
College Park, MD, USA
Peripheral anatomy of the auditory system: structure, function, innervation and post-embryonic development

25. Dr. M.C. Raff – August 23rd 1989
London, United Kingdom
Glial cell diversification in the rat optic nerve

24. Dr. E. Kowler – July 7th 1989
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Cogito ergo moveo: the control of human eye movement

23. Dr. B.B. Lee – April 11th 1989
Göttingen, Germany
Primate ganglion cells and psychophysical channels

22. Dr. David Nicholls – March 13th 1989
Dundee, Scotland
The mechanism and regulation of glutamate exocytosis from isolated nerve terminals

21. Prof. dr. J.I. Simpson – March 6th 1989
New York, USA
The accessory optic system: a visual system in vestibular coordinates

20. Dr. C. Sotelo – January 31st 1989
Paris, France
Embryonic-adult neural interactions in cerebellar grafting


19. Prof. dr. L.W. Swanson – November 30th 1988
La Jolla, USA
Neural and molecular mechanisms underlying the stress response

18. Prof. dr. U. Heinemann – November 7th 1988
Köln, Germany
Synaptic and non-synaptic mechanisms in epileptogenesis

17. Dr. L. Wiklund – October 5th 1988
Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Cerebellar climbing fibers

16. Dr. A. Schousboe – September 12th 1988
Copenhagen, Denmark
Neurotrophic activity of GABA

15. Prof. dr. E.A. Barnard – May 17th 1988
Cambridge, United Kingdom
The family of ligand receptors

14. Dr. R. Balázs – April 18th 1988
London, United Kingdom
Effect of excitatory amino acids in the developing brain

13. Dr. T.V.P. Bliss – March 21st 1988
London, United Kingdom
Synaptic machinery for information storage: long-term potentiation in the hippocampus

12. Prof. dr. J.E. Desmedt – February 23rd 1988
Brussels, Belgium
Evoked potentials analysis of somatic sensation in man

11. Prof. dr. W. Singer – January 18th 1988
Frankfurt, Germany
Neuronal mechanisms of experience-dependent development of visual cortex functions


10. Prof. dr. H.G.J.M. Kuijpers – October 2nd 1987
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Axonal transport and the study of fiber connections of the brain

9. Dr. D.A. Robinson – September 15th 1987
Baltimore, MD, USA
Plasticity of the oculomotor system


8. Prof. dr. F. Strumwasser – August 20th 1986
Boston, USA
Circadian and other long lasting programs of neuronal activity in molluscs and other invertebrates: mechanisms and relevance for neuropsychiatry


7. Prof. dr. P.O. Bishop– June 13th 1985
Department of Behavioural Biology Research School of Biological Science Australian National University Canberra City, ACT, Australia


6. Prof. dr. R.W. Russell– June 4th 1984
National Hospital, Queen Square London, England
Critical perfusion of brain and retina


5. Prof.dr. M.J. de Leon – March 21st 1983

New York University Medical Center New York, USA
Positron emission and computed tomography in dementia and cognitive impairments

4. Prof. C. Blakemore – January 24th 1983
Laboratory of Physiology University of Oxford, England
Interaction of genes and the environment in the development of the visual system


3. Prof. dr. A. Jörklund – October 18th 1982
Dept. of Histology University of Lund, Sweden
The anatomy of the ascending catacholamine neural system
2. Dr. T. Lomo – June 28th 1982
Institute of Neuropsychology University of Oslo Oslo Norway
Impuls patterns in fast and slow muscles and their role in determining the contractile properties of these muscles
1. Prof. dr. G.A. Horridge – March 19th 1982
Research School of Biological Sciences Department of Neurobiology, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Visual systems in the brains of arthropods
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