2009 - Structure of the Synapse
Structure of the Synapse
Friday, June 05, 2009
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM Farkas Auditorium
New York University School of Medicine,
540 First Ave., New York, NY
The 2009 Skirball Symposium is open to the public, with no registration fee.
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We are our synapses. A synapse is the site where neurons meet and communicate with each other. It is also the place where defects in architecture or communication cause diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Most drugs known to affect the brain exert their therapeutic effects at the synapse. Therefore, studying synaptic architecture and transmission mechanism is crucial for an understanding of physiologic processes - learning and memory - and disease pathogenesis. In recent years, great progress has been made in identifying the major components of the synapse and their interplay: vesicle fusion proteins, scaffolding proteins, neurotransmitter transporters, receptors and channels. The 2009 Skirball Symposium, "Structure of the Synapse," will bring together some of the world's leading experts in this field to review the most recent breakthroughs in synaptic structure and mechanism, and how such work will impact the clinical disciplines of neurology, psychiatry and neuropharmacology.
Dr. Ruth Lehmann, Director, Skirball Institute, NYU School of Medicine
Chuck Stevens, Salk Institute
Reinhard Jahn, Max-Planck Institute
Axel Brunger, Stanford University / HHMI
Neurotransmitter transporters and receptors
Eric Gouaux, Vollum Institute / HHMI
Neurotransmitter-gated ion channels
Nigel Unwin, MRC Laboratory of Molecaular Biology
Morgan Sheng, MIT HHMI
Robert Malenka, Staford University
|5:00PM||Closing - Dr. Ruth Lehmann, Skirball Institute|
Direct all inquiries to Laura Rivera.