Prof. Dr. Roger Dennis Traub

Profile

Academic positionFull Professor
Research fieldsClinical Neurology; Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology,Molecular Biology and Physiology of Nerve and Glia Cells,Bioinformatics and Theoretical Biology
Keywordsgap junction, intrinsic membrane properties, synaptic cennectivity, epilepsy, very fast oscillations

Current contact address

CountryUnited States of America
CityYorktown Heights
InstitutionIBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
InstituteDepartment of Physics, Fairchild Laboratory

Host during sponsorship

Prof. Dr. Gabriel WittumLehrstuhl Technische Simulation, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg
Prof. Dr. Hannah MonyerAbteilung Klinische Neurobiologie, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg
Prof. Dr. Andreas DraguhnInstitut für Physiologie und Pathophysiologie, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg
Start of initial sponsorship01/10/2007

Program(s)

2007Humboldt Research Award Programme

Nominator's project description

Modern brain research aims at an understanding of the mechanisms underlying information processing, combining research at the molecular, cellular, network and behavioural level. This cannot be achieved without computer models of neuronal activity. Professor Traub is a leading expert in modelling of neurons and neuronal networks. Amongst his outstanding achievements are studies concerning the generation of epilepsy and, more recently, the finding that electrical synapses play a major role in synchronizing neurons within neuronal networks. Professor Traub has always been closely cooperating with renowned experimentalists. In Germany, he plans to create and refine models of neuronal network oscillations in interconnected thalamorcortical columns.