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Alexander Borst receives FENS-EJN Award 2014

08 March, 2013 in FENS News

Alexander Borst receives FENS-EJN Award 2014

The FENS EJN Award is given in recognition of outstanding scientific work in any area of neuroscience. This is a personal prize of 10,000 GBP. In 2014, the award will be presented to Alexander Borst.

How do nerve cells compute? This is the question driving Alexander Borst's research for many decades now. It is the simple but rather profound observation that on the one hand, the brain performs astonishingly complex computations that are best described in mathematical terms, and on the other hand, the brain does that with neurons where ions flow across the membrane eliciting excitatory and inhibitory potentials or spikes. How these two aspects go together, i.e. the biophysics of neural computation, is at the centre of his research interest. As an example for neural computation, Alexander Borst studies motion vision in flies, bringing together a variety of methods like computer modelling, behavioural studies, electrophysiology, calcium imaging and genetics. This work is absolutely cutting edge and world class and will on a fundamental level deepen our understanding of motion vision. His research is truly innovative and multi-disciplinary including experimental and theoretical work; he is also implementing his knowledge about fly motion vision into the development of miniature airborne vehicles (the RoboFly project). Alexander Borst's contributions over the past ten years have made him a leading figure in fly motion vision worldwide.

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