Dr. Inbal Goshen selected as a FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence scholar

Dr. Inbal Goshen selected as a FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence scholar

The FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence is a network of 30 outstanding early to midcareer European neuroscientists.

The Network was established in 2014 through a collaboration by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the Kavli Foundation. The multidisciplinary, international Network of FENS-Kavli Scholars is self-organised and aims to improve Neuroscience in Europe and beyond through scientific exchange, providing opportunities for young scientists, and facilitating dialogue between scientists,
policy-makers, and society.
FKNE Scholars participate in ~ 2 meetings per year that allow for lively discussion of a range of topics across Neuroscience as well as challenges and opportunities for European neuroscientists.

“We are nothing more than the sum of our memories”.
Inbal Goshen.

Our remote memories, weeks to decades long, define who we are and how we experience the world. Only a minority of recent memories (minutes to days long) will undergo a transition to remote memory, and those are usually the ones most important to the organism, as the longevity of a memory is tightly connected to its significance. We study how and when remote memories are selected, how are they physically different from recent ones, and which processes mediate the transition from recent to remote memory.
We are also studying the role of astrocytes in recent and remote memory, ensemble allocation, and even in the independent representation of memory features. Because even the basic features of this cell population are not well defined, we find ourselves also studying their anatomy in clear brains, and their neuromodulatory effects using electrophysiology.

To study astrocytes, memory, and astrocytes in memory, we employ 2-photon imaging (in mice behaving in a virtual reality) and miniature microscopes (in freely behaving mice) to image neurons and astrocytes in the hippocampus, as well as electrophysiology and behavioral tests. We combine all of those techniques with various chemogenetic and optogenetic modulations of both neurons and astrocytes.
Inbal was received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), and is supported by two grants from the Israel Science foundation.

Inbal Goshen is principal investigator at the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her interest in behavior and its biological foundation led her to conduct a dual PhD in Psychology and Neurobiology at the Hebrew University, studying the effects of cytokines on cognitive and emotional behaviors.

We’re delighted to annouce that we will be hosting our Gala Dinner on March 18th 2019 in the presence, among others, of Professor Inbal Goshen ! (more info to come soon)



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