Today, my two academic sanctums met in the form of a lecture on cerebellar neuronal circuitry. The lecture which took place at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (where I am currently doing an MSc in Medical Neuroscience), mentioned the work of Professor Richard Morris of the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems at the University of Edinburgh. Prof. Morris developed criteria in 2000 for the hypothesis that synaptic plasticity (i.e changes in connections between neurons) is responsible for formation of memories. A detailed review of his work is referenced below.
Martin, S.J., P.D. Grimwood, and R.G.M. Morris, Synaptic Plasticity and Memory: An Evaluation of the Hypothesis. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 2000. 23(1): p. 649-711.
My posts have been few and far between recently – I am neck-deep in assessments, seminars, journal clubs, lectures, reviews etc. However, there will hopefully be more to come on synaptic plasticity and memory, as well as more general updates this weekend!