CBR Seminar: Optically Decoding Astrocyte-Neuron Activity in Cortex Event as iCalendar

28 July 2017

12 - 1pm

Venue: CBR Seminar Room 501-505

Location: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Host: Dr Kira Poskanzer

Contact info: Frankie Favero

Contact email: f.favero@auckland.ac.nz

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Abstract: Optically Decoding Astrocyte-Neuron Activity in Cortex


Kira Poskanzer, PhD

Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics

University of California, San Francisco

Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience


Dr Kira Poskanzer will present work demonstrating that astrocytes are critical circuit elements in determining synchronization state in mammalian cerebral cortex.

Using simultaneous two-photon in vivo imaging and electrophysiology, she will describe a novel temporal relationship between population astrocyte calcium activity and the slow-oscillation-dominated state, a state important for learning and memory.

Dr Poskanzer will also present ongoing work in the lab investigating fundamental astrocytic signaling systems through the development and application of advanced optical techniques.