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The role of distinct cellular compartments in visual processing by mixed-input bipolar cells

Grant number: 12/01105-8
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: August 16, 2012 - August 26, 2012
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Physiological Psychology
Principal Investigator:Christina Joselevitch
Grantee:Christina Joselevitch
Visiting researcher: Henrique Von Gersdorff
Visiting researcher institution: Oregon Health & Science University, United States
Home Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:10/16469-0 - Vision and cellular communication in the retina: the role of mixed-input bipolar cells, AP.JP

Abstract

Henrique von Gersdorff is Professor at the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology of the Oregon Health & Science University and Senior Scientist at the Vollum Institute, Portland, OR (EUA). He has extensive experience in the study of cellular communication in the nervous system in general and in sensory systems, specifically. Besides being a prominent name in basic research, having studied with a Nobel Prize in Medicine (Erwin Neher) and having published important articles in high impact journals, Professor von Gersdorff is committed to teaching Brazilian students and collaborating with Brazilian research groups. He is Brazilian himself, having obtained his Bachelor´s Degree in Physics at UFRJ. His research line coincides with the one we are currently starting with the help of FAPESP at the Psychology Institute, Universidade de São Paulo (Young Researchers in Emerging Institutions Grant, 2010/16469-0): both laboratories are dedicated to the study of cellular communication at the level of retinal mixed-input bipolar cells as a means to understand coding strategies in the retina and elsewhere in the nervous system. This intersection of interests makes this visit especially strategic for data discussion and the concretization of future collaboration plans. (AU)