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Lightning-firing interneurons

Balázs Rózsa and his team, researchers from the BrainVisionCenter (BVC), in collaboration with the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel and Pázmány Péter University, have discovered previously unknown features of neuronal plasticity in the hippocampus of awake animals. Their work was published in Nature Communications.

Reward, punishment and the VIP neurons

Researchers at KOKI, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, and the BrainVisionCenter (BVC), founded in 2021 by Botond Roska, Balázs Rózsa, and ITM, in collaboration with colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis, have described a previously unidentified, cortical-wide principle that contributes to the success of early learning.

Dogma-challengers. Another discovery in the thalamus

For the thalamus, you will find the name of the Acsády group. And if it is the Acsády group, you will sooner or later realize that nothing in the thalamus is as we have thought for a hundred years. A study published in Nature Neuroscience, with Nóri Hádinger as the first co-author, describes a new cortico-thalamic pathway.

Next year, back with you again! Report on the KOKI Hungarian Science Celebration event

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, an event or celebration doesn't turn out the way we want it to. Fortunately, this year's Science Festival was a great success.

6th Hungarian Neuroscience Doctoral Conference

Dear young students and scientists,

We are excited about welcoming you to the sixth Hungarian Neuroscience Doctoral Conference, which will be held on the 31st of January at ELKH TTK Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Budapest.

Orientation and decisions are not just for sailors

Balázs Ujfalussy (ELKH KOKI) and Gergő Orbán (ELKH Wigner) discovered that the rodent nervous system can not only predict the position of the animal during orientation but also anticipate the uncertainty of the prediction in the short term. 
The study has been published in the prestigious international journal eLife.

Varietes delectat or the diversity of synapses

Using a combination of state-of-the-art physiological and anatomical methods, Zoltán Nusser's group has succeeded in discovering how an axon of the same nerve cell can form synapses of different strengths with two different nerve cells. Short answer: synaptic vesicles are in different maturation states in weak and strong synapses. Their work was published in Neuron.

Scientific symposium in Várgesztes

Várgesztes Villapark, located near the small village of Várgesztes in the Vértes Hills, hosted the KOKI scientific event for the second time. The resort has excellent facilities, but we were equally satisfied with the quality of the symposium.

Major success in international cooperation

Erik Hrabovszky and Katalin Skrapits were invited by the French researcher leading the project to join the international team investigating a rare but serious congenital disorder. Their results offer hope for its treatment.

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