Munich Neuroscience Calendar


26.09.2023, 11:00 Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence Campus Martinsried
until 12:00
Event Type: Talk
Speaker: Valerio Zerbi
Institute: EPFL, Neuro-X Institute, School of Engineering (STI) and Centre for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM), Lausanne, Switzerland

Title: Leveraging multimodal fMRI to study the complex interplay of genes, mental states and brain activity

MPI BI, Seminar room NQ105
Am Klopferspitz 18
82152 Martinsried

Host: Emilie Macé

The recent advancement of MRI-based tools for mapping brain function in rodents provides a great platform for discovering the determinants of functional (dys)connectivity, whether genetic mutations, environmental risk factors, or specific cellular and circuit dysfunctions. In my talk, I will describe our most recent contributions to the field, underlining the drawbacks of utilizing such a technique while also emphasizing the novel opportunities that this technology can provide.
I will also discuss how perturbational techniques can be used to dissect the fundamental aspects of brain function and reveal the causal contribution of neuromodulatory systems to brain network activity, with a particular emphasis on the locus coeruleus / noradrenergic system.
These examples highlight how rodent functional imaging has the potential to increase our understanding of the origins and drivers of human functional connectivity.

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