Global Cambridge in Munich
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Alumni and guests at Global Cambridge in Munich heard from the Vice-Chancellor, Professors Eilís Ferran and Chris Young, and Drs Kristian Franze and Joy Thompson about what’s happening at the cutting-edge of neuroscience. In a fascinating conversation at Literaturhaus München, they discussed why the physical properties of cells matter and how understanding the mechanics of cells could be the key to everything from preventing rejection in transplant patients to solving regeneration of damaged neurons after spinal cord injuries.
Attendees enjoyed refreshments on arrival and, after the panel discussion, continued the conversation with alumni and guests at the closing reception.
Cambridge has a strong tradition in neuroscience. We have hosted the first analysis of neural signalling in the 1930s with Bryan Matthews and Lord Edgar Adrian, identified the mechanisms that generate action potential in the 1950s with Alan Hodgkin and Andrew Huxley, and elaborated some of the first theoretical approaches to function in brain circuits since the 1960s.
Neuroscience at Cambridge continues to grow and to incorporate new ideas and approaches into diverse research interests.
To find out more about how interdisciplinary research groups such as Dr Kristian Franze’s are leading the way in tackling problems and exploring the unknown about our brains, neural systems, and behaviour, please contact Linda Hindmarsh, Senior Associate Director, Biological Science.
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Professor Stephen J Toope
Professor Stephen J Toope became the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 2017. Previously Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, he is a former President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Dean of Law at McGill University. He has served as Chair of the Board of Universities Canada, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and as Director of the Public Policy Forum, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Professor Toope is an expert on international dispute resolution, international environmental law, human rights, the use of force, and international legal theory. He is writing with Professor Jutta Brunnée exploring mechanisms and processes fostering stability and change in international law. He has served as Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, and as Fact-Finder for the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Government Officials in relation to Maher Arar.
Dr Kristian Franze
Dr Kristian Franze qualified as a veterinarian at the University of Leipzig in Germany, where he went on to obtain a PhD in physics in 2007. He then commenced his postdoctoral research at the Cavendish Laboratory. In 2011, he started his group with a Medical Research Council Career Development Award as a University Lecturer, and in 2017 he was promoted to a Reader at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience in Cambridge. His research focuses on how cellular forces and mechanical interactions of cells with their environment control the development, functioning, and disorders of the nervous system. He is a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge.
Dr Joy Thompson
Amelia Joy Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University, where she graduated in 2009 with Honours and the University Medal in biochemistry and molecular biology. She worked in the University of Melbourne’s Genetics Department before commencing her PhD at Cambridge on the Wellcome Trust-funded Integrated PhD Programme in Developmental Biology. She completed it in Dr Kristian Franze’s laboratory at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, where she is currently a postdoc. Her research focuses on the role of the mechanical environment, especially brain tissue stiffness, in guiding the growth of nerve cells in the developing embryo.