Arthur Konnerth

Arthur Konnerth

Arthur Konnerth, 23 September 1953 in Romania, graduated as MD from the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich in Germany. Currently he is the Friedrich-Schiedel-Chair of Neuroscience and Director of the Institute for Neuroscience at the Technical University Munich; member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Academia Europaea and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.

Honors and awards

  • 1986 Michael-Prize for Epilepsy Research
  • 1997 Wilhelm Feldberg Award
  • 1999 Adolf-Fick Award for Physiology
  • 2001 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize
  • 2001 Max-Planck Prize
  • 2004 Brooks Lecture, Harvard, USA
  • 2012 Advanced Grant of the European Research Council
  • 2013 Heller Lecture, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2013 Bauer Foundation Distinguished Guest Lecturer, Brandeis University, USA
  • 2014 Theodor-Bücher-Medal of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies

Current Research Interests

My current research is focused on the development and application of methods that allow a quantitative understanding of function and dysfunction of neurons and circuits in the intact brain. My team and I pioneered in vivo two-photon imaging of cortical circuits with single cell resolution. More recently, we developed the LOTOS (low power temporal oversampling) method of high-resolution two-photon calcium imaging and used it for the functional mapping of dendritic spines in vivo. These approaches are used in the lab for the exploration of behavior-determined synaptic signaling and dendritic signal integration in neurons of defined brain circuits. A major goal is a better understanding of the cellular and circuit mechanisms of learning and memory in the healthy brain, as well as the pathophysiology underlying the impairment of cognition and memory in Alzheimer’s disease.