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EMBL/EMBO Joint Conference 2006

Hannah Monyer, University of Heidelberg, Germany

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Hannah Monyer

Biography

Hannah Monyer is director of the Department of Clinical Neurobiology at the Interdisciplinary Center of Neuroscience in Heidelberg, Germany. She received her M.D. at the University of Heidelberg and subsequently trained at the University of Heidelberg and Luebeck in the Departments of Child Psychiatry and Pediatric Neurology respectively. Her scientific work started with a first postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford, USA where she worked on glutamate receptor-induced injury in the brain. In 1989 she returned to Heidelberg and during her second postdoctoral fellowship at the ZMBH in Heidelberg she worked on the molecular and functional characterization of glutamate receptors.

Since 1993 she leads her own research group, first as a junior group leader at the ZMBH in Heidelberg and since 1999 as head of the Department of Clinical Neurobiology. Her current research focuses on the study of GABAergic interneurones in the brain and an interdisciplinary approach is pursued in the lab. The goal is to identify and characterize the molecular determinants in identified interneurones that are critical for the generation of synchronous network activity in the brain. Molecular, electrophysiological (in vitro and in vivo), and anatomical techniques as well as behavioural studies are used in these studies in the lab.

Hannah Monyer has received a number of prestigious distinctions and awards, including the Bundesverdientskreuz am Bande (1999), the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (2004), the Prix Franco-Almand Gay-Lussac - Humboldt (2005) the Philip Morris Research Award (2006).