MBExC: Herz und Hirn gemeinsam im Fokus. Grafik: A.Chizhik/MBExC

Heart and Brain Together in Focus – Public lecture series starting Nov. 7, 2023

„Herz und Hirn gemeinsam im Fokus“ (Heart and Brain Together in Focus) is the title of the public lecture series of the University of Göttingen and the Lower Saxony Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Göttingen in the winter semester 2023/2024. In the series, scientists of the Göttingen Cluster of Excellence “Multiscale Bioimaging: from Molecular Machines to Networks of Excitable Cells” (MBExC) give comprehensive insights into the unique research approach of the Cluster using their research results as examples. They present innovative technologies that often have their origins in Göttingen pioneering work and are being further developed at the MBExC, and show how precisely one can nowadays “look inside” the tissue and the cell – all these technologies provide unique insights into our heart and our brain.

The lecture series starts on November 7, 2023 and will take place each Tuesday at 06.15 pm in the “Aula am Wilhelmsplatz”.
The entire programme can be found at www.uni-goettingen.de/ringvorlesung.
Diseases of the heart and brain are among the most common causes of death worldwide. Some diseases even affect both organs. Although the heart and brain appear very different at first glance, their main electrically excitable cells have many things in common. Both use similar functional units that serve to excite the cells and through which they perform physiological services as part of active networks. Malfunctions of these nanometre-small units often lead to diseases. The goal of the Göttingen Cluster of Excellence is to understand these functional units of heart and nerve cells in order to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches and to answer socially relevant questions in heart and brain research.

MBExC speaker Prof. Dr Tobias Moser, Director of the Institute for Auditory Neurosciences at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG), will kick things off on 7 November. He will talk about „Wie Hören funktioniert und in der Zukunft wieder hergestellt werden kann“ (How hearing works and can be restored in the future). The following week, chemist Prof. Dr. Claudia Steinem will shed light on the role of calcium for the heart and brain. Other lectures deal with, among other things, the “heart patch”, research into the egg cell, epigenetics and health, microscopy technologies and learning in living networks. The lecture series is once again supported by the Universitätsbund Göttingen e.V.. The recordings of the lectures will be broadcast one week later on Wednesdays at 12 noon on StadtRadio Göttingen (107.1 MHz). In addition, they will be available in the long term as a video recording on the University’s YouTube channel and as an audio file at https://publications.goettingen-research-online.de/lectures/.
PDF of the German press release article:
Poster for the lecture series in the winter semester 2023/2024 (in German)


Prof. Dr. Tobias Moser
University of Göttingen
University Medical Center Göttingen
Robert-Koch-Straße 40, 37075 Göttingen
Telefon (0551) 39-61950
E-Mail: ed.cxebm@ofni


Cluster of Excellence Multiscale Bioimaging (MBExC)
Dr. Heike Conrad (Science communication)
Phone: 0551-39-61305
Email: heike.conrad[at]med.uni-goettingen.de