Previous years Heller lectures


June 01, 2011

What the perceptual expert cannot tell you
Speaker: Prof. Isabel Gauthier (Professor of Psychology Vanderbilt University, Nashville)

March 01, 2011

Plasticity in the brain is not always good: examples from hearing impairment
Speaker: Prof. Eric Young (Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Neuroscience John Hopkins University, Baltimore)

January 04, 2011

Time and belief: A neural mechanism of decision making
Speaker: Prof. Michael Shadlen (Professor of Physiology & Biophysics Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Washington, Seattle)

November 23, 2010

The nature and control of blood flow in the brain
Speaker: Prof. David Kleinfeld (Professor of Physics & Neuroscience UC San Diego)

June 08, 2010

Flying with Drosophila in the face of neurodegenerative disease
Speaker: Prof. Nancy Bonini (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Biology University of Pennsylvania)

February 22, 2010

How does the brain navigate in space
Speaker: Edvard I. Moser (Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway)

January 05, 2010

Intelligence and Learning in Brains and Machines
Speaker: Tomaso Poggio (Center for Biological & Computational Learning McGovern Institute Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

October 27, 2009

The beginnings of optogenetics
Speaker: Prof. Gero Miesenboeck (Waynflete Professor of Physiology at the University of Oxford)

June 09, 2009

Integrating neuroscience knowledge: Brain research in the digital age
Speaker: Prof. Mark Ellisman (Director of the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, University of California San Diego, USA)

May 26, 2009

Eyes smarter than scientists believed: Neural computations in the retina
Speaker: Prof. Markus Meister (Center for Brain Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA)

April 21, 2009

How experience changes the circuitry of the brain
Speaker: Prof. Tobias Bonhoeffer (Director, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Munich - Germany)

July 29, 2008

The Social Brain: Perception, Motion and Emotion
Speaker: Prof. Gregory McCarthy (Department of Psychology, Yale University, USA)

July 15, 2008

Does bigger mean better? Intersubject variability in human brain anatomy
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Katrin Amunts (Institute of Medicine, Research Center J?lich & Department of Psychiatry, RWTH University, Aachen, Germany)

June 01, 2008

Mirror neurons: a mechanism for understanding others
Speaker: Prof. Giacomo Rizzolatti M.D. (??Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma, Italy??)

May 13, 2008

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
Speaker: Prof. Steven Pinker (Harvard University)

May 01, 2007

Human Prefrontal Cortex and Behavior
Speaker: Prof. Robert T. Knight (M.D. Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley)

March 20, 2007

Mechanisms of learning in the auditory system of the barn owl
Speaker: Prof. Eric Knudsen (Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University)

March 06, 2007

Human CNS Pain Pathways and Networks
Speaker: Prof. Fred Lenz (The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Baltimore - USA)

January 23, 2007

Measuring time - the ultimate challenge for sensory systems
Speaker: Prof. Benedikt Grothe (Director, Department Biology II, Faculty of Biology Ludwig-Maximilians University – Munich Germany)

January 02, 2007

A Critique of Pure Vision
Speaker: Prof. Terrence J. Sejnowski (Head of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego Calif. - USA )

April 04, 2006

Speaker: Prof. Gilles Laurent (Division of Biology, computation and Neural Systems, Caltech, USA)

March 07, 2006

The self-tuning brain: homeostatic plasticity in neural microcircuits
Speaker: Prof. Gina Turrigiano (Volen Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University, USA)

February 05, 2006

The Art of Neuroscience
Speaker: Prof. Kevan Martin (Institute of Neuroinformatics University - ETH Zurich)

January 10, 2006

Our Habitual Lives: How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits
Speaker: Prof. Ann M. Graybiel (Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT)

June 07, 2005

Watching the brain compute and tracing its wires: new methods to solve old riddles
Speaker: Prof. Winfried Denk (Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research -Department of Biomedical Optics)

May 23, 2005

Doing many things at once: Controlling dynamics, kinematics and final position in reaching
Speaker: Prof. Claude P. Ghez, M.D. (Columbia University, Center for Neurobiology and Behavior)

May 08, 2005

Computing with Neural Ensembles
Speaker: Prof. Miguel A. L. Nicolelis (Department of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center)

April 13, 2005

Experience-dependent Modification of Developing Neural Circuits
Speaker: Prof. Mu-ming Poo (Depatrment of molecular and Cell Biology University of California, Berkeley)

June 14, 2004

The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach
Speaker: Prof Christof Koch (Computation and Neural Systems, Caltech)

June 07, 2004

The Physiology of Truth: From Molecular Biology of the Brain to Consciousness
Speaker: Prof. Jean-Pierre Changeux (Department of Neuroscience, Pasteur)

May 12, 2004

Shortcuts from molecules to behavior. The case of the NMDA receptor
Speaker: Prof Philippe Ascher (CNRS Paris)

February 02, 2004

The Dynamic Origin of Consciousness
Speaker: Prof. Rodolfo Linas (School of Medicine, Physiology and Neuroscience NYU – New York City, USA)

December 21, 2003

Inside the Songbird's Brain: The Neural Control of Vocalization
Speaker: Prof. Michale Fee (MIT)

March 16, 2003
How the Brain Generates Consciousness?
Speaker: Baroness Prof. Susan Greenfield (Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Professor of Pharmacology, Oxford University)
March 04, 2003

Cortical Microcircuits and their Plasticity
Speaker: Prof. Bert Sakmann ((Noble Laureate), Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg, Germany.)

October 24, 2002

Basal Ganglia and Cerebellar 'Loops' with the Cerebral Cortex: Circuits for Movement, Cognition and Perception
Speaker: Prof. Peter Strick (VA Senior Research Career Scientist, Pittsburgh University, Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Co-Director, Center for Neural Basis of Cognition and Perception, University of Pittsburgh)

May 23, 2002

Tracking the Spotlight of Attention: Psychophysics and Physiological Mechanisms
Speaker: Prof. Michael E. Goldberg (Department of Neurobiology, Psychiatry and the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.)