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Curriculum vitae Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Arthur Konnerth

    • Date of Birth: September 23, 1953


    • 1975 - 1981 Studies of medicine at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
    • 1983 Dr. med.
    • 1984 - 1985 Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania
    • 1986 - 1988 Research Associate at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen

Academic positions & appointments

    • 1989 - 1992 Research Group Leader at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
    • 1993 - 1999 Professor of Physiology (C4) at the Saarland University, Homburg
    • 1999 - 2000 Professor of Physiology (C4) at the TU München
    • 2000 - 2004 Professor of Physiology (C4) at the LMU München
    • since 2005 Friedrich-Schiedel-Professor of Neuroscience (C4) at the TU München

Research coordination

    • 1997 - 2003 Coordinator of the DFG-Priority Program “Molecular Physiology of Synaptic Interactions”
    • 2006 - 2014 Speaker of the International Research Training Program 1373 “Signaling the brain: from neurons to networks”
    • since 2006 Principal Investigator of the DFG Excellence Cluster "Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich"
    • 2009 - 2012 Coordinator of the European ERA-Net Consortium “2p-Imaging: High-speed two-photon imaging for in vivo analysis of brain disease”

Membership in Editorial Boards (selection)

    • Neuroscience Research, Brain Cell Biology, Journal of Physiological Sciences, Cell Calcium, Executive Editor of Pflügers Archiv, Physiological Reviews

Awards & honors (selection)

    • 1984 Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship of the Humboldt Foundation
    • 1986 Michael-Prize for Epileptology
    • 1990 Winner in the BMFT Program “Project Groups in Neurobiology”
    • 1997 Feldberg Prize
    • 1999 Adolf-Fick Prize
    • 2001 Leibniz Prize
    • 2001 Max-Planck Prize
    • 2002 Elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
    • 2003 Honorary Degree of the Medical University Timisoara, Romania
    • 2004 Elected member of the Academia Europaea
    • 2005 Endowed Friedrich Schiedel Chair of Neuroscience
    • 2006 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal
    • 2007 Carl-von-Linde Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study TUM
    • 2009 Member of an ERC Advanced Grant Panel
    • 2011 Elected Member of the Bavarian Academy Sciences
    • 2012 ERC Advanced Grant
    • 2013 Heller Lecture Hebrew University Jerusalem
    • 2013 Bauer Foundation Distinguished Guest Lecturer, Brandeis University
    • 2015 Brain Prize
    • 2016 Magnes Prize of the Israeli Society of Physiology and Pharmacology
    • 2017 Hertie Senior Professor of Neuroscience
    • 2017 Plenary Lecture, Japanese Society of Neuroscience, Tokio, Japan

10 key papers

    • Busche MA, Adelsberger H, Kekus M, Förstl H, Nelken I, Konnerth A. Rescue of long-range circuit dysfunction in Alzheimer´s disease model. Nature Neuroscience 18:1623-30 (2015)
    • Willem M, Tahirovic S, Busche MA, Ovsepian SV, Chafai M, Kootar S, Hornburg D, Evans LDB, Moore S, Daria A, Hampel H, Müller V, Giudici C, Nuscher B, Wenninger-Weinzierl A, Kremmer E, Heneka MT, Thal DR, Giedraitis V, Lannfelt L, Müller U, Livesey FJ, Meissner F, Herms J, Konnerth A, Marie H and Haass C. ƞ-Secretase processing of APP inhibits neuronal activity in the hippocampus. Nature 526:443-7 (2015)
    • Tischbirek CH, Birkner A, Jia H, Sakmann B and Konnerth A. Deep two-photon brain imaging with a red-shifted fluorometric Ca2+ indicator. Proc Nat Acad Sci USA 112:11377-82 (2015)
    • Grienberger C, Chen X, Konnerth A. NMDA receptor-dependent multi-dendrite Ca2+ spikes required for hippocampal burst firing in vivo. Neuron 81:1274-81 (2014)
    • Chen X, Leischner U, Rochefort NL, Nelken I, Konnerth A. Functional mapping of single spines in cortical neurons in vivo. Nature 475:501-5 (2011)
    • Jia H, Rochefort N, Chen X, Konnerth A. Dendritic organization of sensory input to cortical neurons in vivo. Nature 464:1307-12 (2010)
    • Busche MA, Eichhoff G, Adelsberger H, Abramowski D, Wiederhold KH, Haass C, Staufenbiel M, Konnerth A*, Garaschuk O. Clusters of Hyperactive Neurons Near Amyloid Plaques in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease. Science 321:1686-89 (2008) *corresponding author
    • Stosiek C, Garaschuk O, Holthoff K, Konnerth A.‘In vivo’ two-photon calcium imaging of neuronal networks. Proc Nat Acad Sci USA 100:7319-24 (2003)
    • Takechi H, Eilers J, Konnerth A. A new class of synaptic response involving calcium release in dendritic spines. Nature 396:757-60 (1998)
    • Durand GM, Kovalchuk Y, Konnerth A. Long-term potentiation and functional synapse induction in developing hippocampus. Nature 381:71-5 (1996)

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