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15th German-American Symposium

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung – U.S. National Academy of Sciences

June 4-7, 2009
Irvine, California


 The Neurobiology of Emotion

Organizers: Alexander Gail and Sarah Woolley

Introductory Speaker:
Neural Mechanisms of Fear Memory
Glenn Schafe, Yale University

To fear or not to fear: where and how in the brain
Mohammed Milad, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

As fear goes by – principles of fear extinction
Carsten Wotjak, Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry, Munich

 Nanotechnology: Dream or Reality?

Organizers: Stefanie Dehnen and Aaron Dinner

Introductory Speaker:
Are we there yet? The road to a technology based on nanoscience.
Teri Odom, Northwestern University

“T-Pharmacytes”:  Combining nanotechnology with cell therapy in the battle against cancer
Darrell Irvine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Nanotechnology - Dream or Reality": molecules as tailormade nanoscale functional units
Marcel Mayor, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe

 Ancient DNA from Extinct Taxa

Organizers: Jürgen Geist and Hopi Hoekstra

Introductory Speaker:
Ancient DNA – what can we learn from a dead molecule of life?
Michael Hofreiter, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Tracing evolution through space and time
Beth Shapiro, The Pennsylvania State University

Recent human evolution as revealed by the Neandertal genome
Richard Edward Green, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

 Extreme Objects in the Universe

Organizers: Mark Devlin and Regine von Klitzig

Introductory Speaker:
Extreme Objects in the Universe
Vicky Kalogera, Northwestern University

Understanding the highest-energy particles in the Universe with the Pierre Auger Observatory
Markus Risse, Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Neutron stars and black holes: The physics of the extremely dense
Scott Hughes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Immunity: A Question of “Self vs. Non-Self”

Organizers: Thomas Demarse and Dirk Haller

Introductory Speaker:
Immune functions in tumor surveillance and autoimmunity
Roland Lang, University of Erlangen

Self-control by natural killer cells: the trail between tissue remodeling, tumor surveillance and autoimmunity
Andreas Diefenbach, University of Freiburg

Autoimmunity triggered by infection
Jochen Mattner, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

 Reduction of Complex Systems

Organizers: Stefan Bornholdt and Elaine Chew

Introductory Speaker:
Reduction of Complex Systems
Bernd Blasius,Universität Oldenburg

New Perspectives on Global Human Mobility:  On the brink of real-time epidemic forecasts
Dirk Brockmann, Northwestern University

Structure in Networks: Chances and Limitations of Data-Driven Approaches
Joerg Reichardt, Universität Würzburg

 Aeolian Dust - Generation, Transport, and its Impacts on Climate and Biogeochemistry

Organizers: Manuel Lerdau and Gergor Rehder

Introductory Speaker:
Interactions of Dust and Climate
Ina Tegen, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research


Windblown Desert Dust: A Climate Wildcard
Charles S. Zender, University of California, Irvine

Past and Present Saharan dust: a marine perspective
Jan-Berend Stuut, University of Bremen


Organizers: Günter Meister and Ruth Ley

Introductory Speaker:
Glycobiology – The Life Science of Glycans
Pascal Gagneux, University of California, San Diego

Chemoenzymatic Approaches for Chemical Glycobiology
Xi Chen, University of California, Davis

Carbohydrate-based Vaccination strategy to fight parasitic disease
Faustin Kamena, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam



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