SeminBar

  • Bradley Hyman will speak at the SeminBar on 2 November 2017.
    Bradley Hyman will speak at the SeminBar on 2 November 2017.
  • SeminBar/Jam with Cees Dekker on 20.9.2016.
    SeminBar/Jam with Cees Dekker on 20.9.2016.
  • SeminBar/Jam with Cees Dekker on 20.9.2016.
    SeminBar/Jam with Cees Dekker on 20.9.2016.
  • The British Pub-Night at the SeminBar on 10 May 2016: After the talk by Philipp Holliger, "Thom Dudelsackspieler" and a pub-quiz rounded up the evening.
    The British Pub-Night at the SeminBar on 10 May 2016: After the talk by Philipp Holliger, "Thom Dudelsackspieler" and a pub-quiz rounded up the evening.
  • Afterparty at SeminBar on 26 November at Ackermannshof: Members of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering and other guests jam with the students from the Jazz Campus Basel.
    Afterparty at SeminBar on 26 November at Ackermannshof: Members of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering and other guests jam with the students from the Jazz Campus Basel.
  • Afterparty at SeminBar on 26 November at Ackermannshof: Members of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering and other guests jam with the students from the Jazz Campus Basel.
    Afterparty at SeminBar on 26 November at Ackermannshof: Members of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering and other guests jam with the students from the Jazz Campus Basel.
  • Afterparty at SeminBar on 26 November at Ackermannshof: Members of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering and other guests jam with the students from the Jazz Campus Basel.
    Afterparty at SeminBar on 26 November at Ackermannshof: Members of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering and other guests jam with the students from the Jazz Campus Basel.
  • Afterparty at SeminBar on 26 November at Ackermannshof: Members of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering and other guests jam with the students from the Jazz Campus Basel.
    Afterparty at SeminBar on 26 November at Ackermannshof: Members of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering and other guests jam with the students from the Jazz Campus Basel.

The SeminBar brings new know-how on molecular systems engineering to researchers and the interested public alike. The next SeminBar is coming up on 2 November featuring Prof. Bradley Hyman.

The NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering unites 27 active research projects with close to 100 researchers in an interdisciplinary approach. The diversity of the researchers and the various universities and institutes involved guarantee cross-fertilization in a stimulating working environment. To strive for the best results, it is vital to have a 360 degree vision, while simultaneously remaining focussed on this NCCR.

To inspire and to bring an outside view into the NCCR Molecular Sys-tems Engineering, SeminBar regularly features international scientists talking about their research emphasising key scientific concepts rele-vant to molecular systems engineering. Students introduce the speakers.

The SeminBar at Sud in Basel is in English and starts at 6 pm. It is open to the public. No reservations are necessary. After the talk, starting at 9 pm, students organise various cultural events.

NEW: SeminBar @ SUD in Basel

As of 2 November 2017, we welcome you @ Sudour new venue for the SeminBar (Sud, Burgweg 7, 4058 Basel, near "Wettsteinplatz"/tram No. 2).

SeminBar on 2 November 2017 @ Sud

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Bradley Hyman is a Professor of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He will talk about the severe symptoms of dementia that Alzheimer’s disease is causing in a growing number of ageing adults, and how new therapies coming from advances in genetics, understanding of pathophysiology, and more advanced understanding of the natural history of the disease can lead to a cure. More below and in the event-flyer.

Alzheimer’s disease: snapshots from the journey towards a cure

Alzheimer’s disease causes impairment of memory and thinking, ultimately reaching the severe symptoms of dementia,  in an enormous number of aging adults, with the percentage approaching 50% by age 85.  Millions are now affected worldwide, and the number of patients is expected to climb almost exponentially as the population as a whole ages; it is nothing short of an epidemic, with devastating consequences for individuals, their families, and the economy. 

Under the microscope, neurofibrillary tangles and senile plaques  accumulate in patients who have Alzheimer’s; recent studies suggest that these lesions occur up to a decade or even two prior to the manifestation of cognitive symptoms.   Exceptionally rare forms of Alzheimer’s are caused by mutations in a handful of known genes, leading to development of amyloid plaques in the brain.  Modern biochemical analyses of spinal fluid samples and recent advances in PET scans of the brain allow direct visualization of tangles and plaques in the brain, and a suite of genetic evidence has emerged that allow one to calculate relative risk scores for an individual.  

How tangles and plaques form, and how they impact brain function, remains uncertain.  Yet insights for animal models that have been engineered to get tangles or plaques provide models to explore these phenomenon and their neurotoxicity.  In vivo imaging allows direct observation of the birth of tangles and plaques, and provides an opportunity to observe their effects on neural systems.

Therapies will hopefully come from advances in genetics, understanding of pathophysiology, and more advanced understanding of the natural history of the disease, ranging from earlier interventions to better designed drugs.  Although there have been many disappointments, early results from several drug trials suggest that advances are being made. 

Sud: Dentails about the new location above.

SeminBar 2 Nov.: Concert with Roli Frei

Roli Frei will be on stage at the SeminBar on 29 March.

Following the talk by Bradley Hyman: Concert with Roli Frei, probably the most gifted Pop, Rock, Blues and Soul singer in Switzerland, and maybe even beyond. Allow yourself to be convinced at the SeminBar @ Sud. Starting around 8.45 pm, Roli Frei will play a solo-concert just for you. Everyone welcome.

Previous SeminBar-Speakers

25 January 2017: Prof. Dirk Trauner
Prof. Dirk Trauner from the New York University (NYU) talked about “Synthetic Photobiology”. 
Read more in the event-flyer.

 

30 November 2016: Prof. Anthony J. Ryan
Prof. Ryan from the University of Sheffield/UK talked about "3 Millenia of Condoms",  and on the material properties of rubber, and the place of condoms in popular culture. Read more in the event-flyer here.

20 September 2016: Prof. Cees Dekker
Prof. Dekker from the Delft University of Technology talked about "What is life, and how does life differ from non-life?" Later, Cees Dekker jammed with students onstage. Read more here.

10 May 2016: Philipp Holliger
Philipp Holliger - MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology - talked about "A Synthetic Biology Approach to Abiogenesis". Read more here.

26 November 2015: Dr. Philippe Marlière
Dr. Philippe Marlière is the founder of Synthetic- and Xeno-Biology. “Accept No Limits” was the title of his speech. Read more here.

28 October 2015: Prof. Dr. Andreas Plückthun
Prof. Dr. Andreas Plückthun, Director at the Departement of Biochemistry at University of Zurich, spoke at the third SeminBar on 28 October 2015 about "Influencing cells with man-made proteins". Read more here.

Prof. Dr. Markus Antonietti's artistic vision of artificial trees producing energy.

7 May 2015: Prof. Dr. Markus Antonietti
Prof. Dr. Markus Antonietti from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm spoke at the second SeminBar on 7 May 2015 about "Black and Orange Magic". Read more here

DNA Origami Wallpaper

14 January 2015: Prof. Dr. Hendrik Dietz
The first SeminBar took place on 14.1.2015 with a public lecture by Prof. Dr. Hendrik Dietz from TU Munich on “Molecular Systems Engineering with DNA”. Read more here.

NEW: SeminBar @ SUD

SeminBar now welcomes you at Sud, Burgweg 7, 4058 Basel.

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Media on SeminBar

Read articles on previous SeminBar-events here, while media-releases are available here.

SeminBar-Contact:

Claude R. Etique, Head Communication.