Neurosciences is an interdisciplinary field and the two speakers of the day, Nobel Laureates in Medicine and Physiology Edvard I. Moser and Erwin Neher present two different types of scientists approaching the brain and how it works.
While Erwin Neher investigates the basic neuronal mechanisms from the view point of a biophysicist, Edvard I. Moser explores the brain from the point of view of a psychologist and asks how the brain works with respect to higher brain functions such as memory, language etc, and in this context explores networks of neurons that span large areas of the brain.
In this discussion it will be addressed where there is the intersection of these two approaches and also the significance of it for future research and the challenge of it.
Furthermore, projects like the Blue Brain Project or the Human Brain project, which aim to reconstruct the brain in silico, are discussed.
- Edvard I. Moser, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
- Erwin Neher, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Membranbiophysik, Germany
Moderator: Adam Smith, Chief Scientific Officer, Nobel Media AB, Sweden