The title of my talk: Neurons & Networks in the Entorhinal Cortex. A comparison between lateral and medial entorhinal cortex.

Field of interest: Functional Neuroanatomy; Learning and memory; Entorhinal cortex and hippocampus; Alzheimer’s disease

Menno Witter studied Biology and received his Ph.D. in Medicine from VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Since then he studied the relationship between the architecture of neuronal networks and their function, first as group leader and later as Professor at the VU Medical Center, later as Professor at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience NTNU. His current focus is on the differences in extrinsic and intrinsic wiring of the medial and lateral entorhinal cortex. Recently, a focus on neurons in layer II as strong candidates to initiate Alzheimer’s Disease, was added. He uses state-of-the-art anatomical approaches, including advanced confocal microscopy,  combined with viral tracing and specific genetic targeting of identifiable neurons, and in vitro electrophysiology.

4 reconstructed neurons in layer II of the entorhinal cortex