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At the origins of neuroscience: about neurons and North Pole exploration

ORGANIZED BY:
European Brain Research Institute ‘Rita Levi-Montalcini’

Event Date + Time:
March 25 3:00 pm - March 25 4:30 pm

Event Location:
Viale Regina Elena 295, Rome, Italy

Venue Name:
European Brain Research Institute ‘Rita Levi-Montalcini’ Directions

About This Event


Event Description:

To celebrate Brain Awareness Week 2021, Antonino Cattaneo, President of the European Brain Research Institute ‘Rita Levi-Montalcini’, will give a lecture on some inspiring events which date back to the beginning of modern neuroscience and which have an interesting twist. At the end of the XIX century two scientists, Camillo Golgi and Santiago Ramón y Cajal held vigorous scientific debates on the structure of the nervous system. Golgi argued that the brain was made up by an uninterrupted network of continuous elements (reticular theory), while Cajal sustained the neuron theory, suggesting that the brain is made up of distinct functional and anatomical units, the neurons. Golgi and Cajal, considered to be the fathers of modern neuroscience, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1906.
But perhaps not everyone knows that the research presented by a young Norwegian scientist, Fridtjof Nansen, in his 1887 doctoral dissertation, presented ahead of time experimental data suggesting the existence of nerve cells as distinct functional units. However, discouraged by the uncertainties of a scientific career, he began his career as a polar explorer. Nansen hypothesized that the Arctic ice cap moves from east to west and decided to plan one of the most ingenious and courageous polar expeditions in history. If you are intrigued by this fascinating story, join us and learn how this brave neuroscientist attempted to reach the North Pole.

The seminar will be held in Italian.

Please note that participation is limited and registration is required.

For more information:
https://www.ebri.it/en/news/1_alle_origini_delle_neuroscienze_tra_polo_nord_e_neuroni_2_at_the_origins_of_neuroscience_between_the_north_pole_and_neurons_127

Alternate Description:

In occasione della Settimana del Cervello, Antonino Cattaneo, Presidente della Fondazione EBRI Rita Levi-Montalcini, terrà un seminario per studenti e pubblico generico su un interessante intreccio alle origini delle neuroscienze. Alla fine del XIX secolo due scienziati, Camillo Golgi e Ramon y Cajal, dibattevano “a colpi di scienza” sulla organizzazione del sistema nervoso: il primo sosteneva che il cervello fosse costituito da una rete continua (teoria “reticolare”), mentre il secondo, formulò la teoria neuronale, secondo la quale il cervello e’ costituito da unità funzionali ed anatomiche distinte, i neuroni. Golgi e Cajal, considerati padri delle moderne neuroscienze, furono insigniti nel 1906 del Premio Nobel per la Medicina e la Fisiologia. Forse non tutti sanno che un giovane ricercatore norvegese, Fridtjof Nansen, nella sua tesi di dottorato (discussa nel 1887) aveva anticipato i tempi, portando dati sperimentali che suggerivano l’esistenza di cellule nervose come unità funzionali distinte. Tuttavia, scoraggiato dalle incertezze di una carriera scientifica, Nansen inizia la sua carriera di esploratore polare, che affronta in modo scientifico. Egli ipotizza che la calotta polare artica si muova in modo solidale da est verso ovest e progetta una delle esplorazioni polari più geniali e coraggiose della storia. Se siete incuriositi, ascoltate la storia di questa esplorazione nella corsa al Polo Nord del neuroscienziato Nansen.

Il seminario si terrà in lingua italiana.

Posti limitati. E’ richiesta la prenotazione via mail.

Per maggiori informazioni:
https://www.ebri.it/it/news/1_alle_origini_delle_neuroscienze_tra_polo_nord_e_neuroni_2_at_the_origins_of_neuroscience_between_the_north_pole_and_neurons_127

Type(s) of Event:

Online/Virtual, Other

Other Type(s) of Event

Seminar

Audiences:

General Public, Other

Other Audiences:

High school students

Required Registration?

Yes

Organizer's Details


Organizing Institution:

European Brain Research Institute ‘Rita Levi-Montalcini’

Sponsoring Institutions:No
Contact Information:

Name: Sara Pero

Phone: +39 06 49 255 255

Email: stampa@ebri.it

Website: http://ebri.it

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