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Jerzy Mozrzymas

Opening Lecture

Wroclaw Medical University


Jerzy W. Mozrzymas, Polish neuroscientist. Achievements include research in synaptic transmission and its modulation in the central nervous system. Recipient award, Ministry of Health, 1999, 2003; Central Europe International Senior Fellowship, Wellcome Trust, since 2003, grant, State Committee for Science Research (Committee for Scientific Research), since 2003. Master: Polish Biophysical Society (vice president since 2001).

Mechanisms of plasticity at GABAergic synapses

Synaptic plasticity of glutamatergic transmission has been intensely investigated sice more than 40 years. In the past decade or so, extensive body of evidence is being accumulated that this plasticity is a key substrate of learning and memory. GABAergic transmission for long has been believed to be less plastic or not plastic at all. This view is changing and, slowly, GABAergic plasticity emerges as an important player regulating functions of neurons at single cell and at network levels. My lecture will be dedicated to presentation of our mostly unpublished data illustrating attempts of our group to decipher the mechanisms of GABAergic synaptic plasticity in the mouse hippocampus.