We invite you to participate in the upcoming conference of the GBM study group "Molecular Neurobiology" on the topic "Synaptic plasticity in Health and Disease“.

This biannual meeting covers various topics in the field of neurobiology, ranging from electrophysiological studies, genetic and molecular aspects to behavioural analyses. The next upcoming meeting will take place from September 23 - 25, 2021 in the charming Palatinate region of Kaiserslautern.
We offer a high quality scientific program covering the latest research, developments and treatments from the various fields of neurobiology. A central aim of our neurobiology family meeting is to create a pleasant atmosphere that encourages interaction, exchange of ideas and networking opportunities between all participants. In particular, we would like to give young scientists the opportunity to present their results. In this context, we also give an extra place to the Junior GBM and are very happy when our meeting is enlivened by the exchange between young and established scientists.

Jörg Bartsch & Stefan Kins


Thursday, Sept. 23rd
Opening (14:30 - 15:00)
14:30 Jörg W. Bartsch, Spokesperson of GBM-Section ‘Molecular Neurobiology’
14:40 Junior GBM, Technical University of Kaiserslautern
14:50 N.N., on behalf of the Directory Board of the GBM
Thursday, Sept. 23rd
Session I (15:00 - 18:30)
Synaptic plasticity: development
      (chaired by Eckhard Friauf and Jan Hirtz)
15:00 Jana Nerlich, University Leipzig, Carl-Ludwig-Institute for Physiology

Vesicle super-priming mediates LTP at neocortical layer 5 pyramidal neurons
15:30 Christoph Körber, University Heidelberg, Institute for Anatomy and Cell biology

Effects of the deafness gene miR-96 on synaptic transmission in the MNTB
16:00 Short Talk Speaker
will be selected from abstracts
16:15 Coffee break
16:45 Jan Hirtz, University Kaiserslautern, Div. for Physiology and Neuronal Networks

Network activity alterations in auditory cortex of autism-related mouse models
17:15 Short Talk Speaker
will be selected from abstracts
17:30 Short Talk Speaker
will be selected from abstracts
18:00 Special Lecture:
Eckart D. Gundelfinger
Dissonances in the synaptic orchestra: functions and malfunctions of the presynaptic scaffolding protein Bassoon
Friday, Sept. 24th
Session II (09:00 - 12:00)
Synaptic plasticity: learning
      (chaired by Jan Pielage)
09:00 Robin Hiesinger, FU Berlin, Insitute for Biology, Neurogenetics

Variability and Robustness of Neural Circuit Assembly
09:30 Gaia Tavosanis, Ger. Center for neurodeg. Diseases (DZNE), Dynamics of neuronal circuits, Bonn

Synaptic microcircuits in the mushroom body calyx of Drosophila
10:00 Short Talk Speaker
will be selected from abstracts
10:15 Coffee break
10:45 Carsten Duch, University Mainz, Institute for Biology, Development and Neurobiology

Separation of Presynaptic Cav2 and Cav1 Channel Function in Synaptic Vesicle Exo- and Endocytosis by the Membrane Anchored Ca2+ Pump PMCA: Orchestrating vital presynaptic functions with functionally separated Cav1 and Cav2 channels
11:15 Jan-Felix Ewers, University Heidelberg, COS, Development and Plasticity of Neural Circuits

Critical Phase Plasticity: How partner neurons go strong for life
11:45 Short Talk Speaker
will be selected from abstracts
Friday, Sept. 24th
Lunchtime (12:00 - 15:00)
12:00 Lunch and Poster Session
14:30 Meeting of the GBM Study Group Members
Friday , Sept. 25th
Session III (15:00 - 18:30)
Synaptic plasticity: inflammation
      (chaired by Jörg Bartsch and Axel Pagenstecher)
15:00 Volkmar Lessmann, University Magdeburg, Medical faculty, Institute of Physiology

Cellular mechanisms of synaptic BDNF actions in modulating learning and memory
15:30 Axel Pagenstecher, University hospital Marburg, Institute for Neuropathology

Genetic engineering out of control: inadvertent inflammatory neurodegeneration
16:00 Short Talk Speaker
will be selected from abstracts
16:15 Coffee break
16:45 Marius Schwabenland, University of Freiburg Medical Center, Institute for Neuropathology

Deep spatial profiling of human COVID-19 brains reveals neuroinflammation with distinct
microanatomical microglia-T-cell interactions
17:15 Short Talk Speaker
will be selected from abstracts
17:30 Short Talk Speaker
will be selected from abstracts
18:00 Special Lecture:
Harald Jockusch
, Bielefeld, Freiburg

From RNA viruses to the neuromuscular system - a stochastic career
Saturday, Sept. 25th
Session IV (09:00 - 12:00)
Synaptic plasticity: neurodegeneration
      (chaired by Stefan Kins and Simone Eggert)
09:00 Marco Rust, University Marburg, Biochem. Pharmacol. Center, Institute for Physiol. Chemistry

Cyclase-associated protein (CAP) - a novel CAPt'n of neuronal actin dynamics
09:30 Jochen Herms, LMU Munich, Institute for Neuropathology & DZNE, Translational Brain Research

Cause and consequences of axonal pathology in Alzheimer disease
10:00 Simone Eggert, University Kaiserslautern, Div. for Human Biology / Neurobiology

The pathophysiology of synaptic adhesion molecules: implications for Alzheimer's disease
10:20 Coffee break
10:45 Tanja Maritzen, Leibniz Inst. f. Mol. Pharmac. (FMP) Berlin, Membrane Traffic and cell mobility

Endocytic proteins as safeguards of synaptic function
11:15 Kurt Gottman, University Düsseldorf, Department of Neuro- and Sensory Physiology

Modulation of vesicle endocytosis by the adhesion molecule N-cadherin
and its dysfunction
11:45 Short Talk Speaker
will be selected from abstracts
12:00 Closing remarks by Spokesperson of GBM-Section ‘Molecular Neurobiology’
Jörg W. Bartsch



Please note: if you wish to present your research as a short talk or poster, please label your abstract LastName.FirstName.NeuroBioMeeting.pdf and upload your pdf file here.

Poster size: max. 118,5 cm wide and 146 cm high


Please note that the participation fee is including Lunch and Dinner.

Online payment: starting at August 20th, 2021
Registration fee 60 € (Students: 40 €)

On site payment (in cash):
Registration fee 90 € (Students 60 €)


Abstract deadline: September 10th


The registration is closed. An on-site registration is possible.


Organization & Contact


Prof. Dr. Stefan Kins

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Fachbereich Biologie
Abteilung Humanbiologie / Neurobiologie
Erwin Schrödinger Straße 13
67663 Kaiserslautern

Phone +49 631 205 2106


Prof. Dr. Jörg Bartsch

Universitätsklinikum Marburg
Labor der Klinik für Neurochirurgie
35033 Marburg