Gilles Laurent receives an ERC Advanced Grant to study the reptilian cortex

January 23, 2013

Prof. Gilles Laurent, Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, is one of the 38 laureates, working in Germany and one of the eight scientists funded by the Max Planck Society, recieving this European grant.

Gilles Laurent will use the funds to extend his studies on the function and computation in three-layer reptilian cortex. He will use this system to study cortical computation, primarily in visual and olfactory areas. The representational strategies of these two cortices in vivo, the functional architecture of their microcircuits and the computations that they carry out, will be discovered using electrophysiological, imaging, molecular, behavioral and computational methods. This understanding of generic and ancient units of cortical computation will illuminate our studies of more complex and sophisticated cortical circuits. We congratulate him on the receipt of this prestigious grant.

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