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Henry Markram

Professor at Neural Microcircuitry Laboratory at EPFL

Henry Markram started a dual scientific and medical career at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa. His scientific work in the 80s revealed the polymodal receptive fields of pontomedullary reticular formation neurons in vivo and how acetylcholine re-organized these sensory maps.

He moved to Israel in 1988 and obtained his PhD at the Weizmann Institute where he discovered a link between acetylcholine and memory mechanisms by being the first to show that acetylcholine modulates the NMDA receptor in vitro studies, and thereby gates which synapses can undergo synaptic plasticity. He was also the first to characterize the electrical and anatomical properties of the cholinergic neurons in the medial septum diagonal band.

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See also: Institute Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) - University that specializes in natural sciences and engineering.

Details last updated 15-Jan-2021

Henry Markram News

Digital brain fires like the real thing

New Scientist - 14-Oct-2015

Digital model of one third of a millimetre cubed of a rat’s brain includes 31,000 neurons, 37 mil...