Our publication in Nature Communications is recommended by F1000 for its special significance in the field

"This study is remarkable in that it links microscale remodeling of dendritic spine architecture to behavioral performance in adult mice, outside of the developmentally relevant critical period. The results pave the way for interesting future questions to address ..."

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IMBB and UCLA researchers show how synaptic turnover facilitates learning and memory

The laboratory of Dr. Alcino Silva at the University of California Los Angeles joined forces with the lab of Dr. Poirazi at IMBB-FORTH in order to explain why the "banding together" of synapses in dendrites relates to better learning and memory. The work is published in the scientific journal Nature Communications, and is likely to have important implications for memory-related dysfunctions. 

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IMBB-FORTH's Research Dr. Poirazi elected as a member of EMBO

Dr. Poirazi joins 65 other outstanding researchers who have been newly-elected to the organisation which promotes excellence in the life sciences. There are currently 1700 EMBO members and more than 59 Nobel laureates amongst the membership. 

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The perfect grant and how to get it

Nature journal just published an opinion article authored by Dr. Poirazi on the hassles of financial support in academia and the pursuit of ideal grant schemes

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IMBB researchers probe the role of dendrites in the way memories are stored in the brain

Our lab, in collaboration with a research team at the Columbia University, just published a research article in Neuron journal on the role of mossy cells in environment discrimination in awake, behaving animals

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Dendrites of dentate gyrus granule cells contribute to pattern separation by controlling sparsity

Check out our new paper on pattern separation that was just published in Hippocampus! 

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Linking Memories across Time via Neuronal and Dendritic Overlaps in Model Neurons with Active Dendrites

George Kastellaki's research has been published in Cell Reports under the title: "Linking Memories across Time via Neuronal and Dendritic Overlaps in Model Neurons with Active Dendrites". Here is the IMBB-FORTH press:

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PhD.C. Spiros Chavlis was selected to attend the CAJAL winter school in Bordeaux, France

He was also awarded with a generous financial support from The Hippocampus journal

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FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Mentoring and PhD Thesis Prizes

During the FENS Forum 2016 in Copenhagen, the FENS Kavli Scholars honored the Best Mentor and the Best PhD thesis for the years 2014-2016. The award winners were Prof. David Attwell, Fellow of the Royal Society (University College London) and Dr. Linda Katona (University of Oxford).

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We announce additional support from EMBO for the DENDRITES 2016 EMBO Workshop

We are happy to announce additional support from EMBO for the DENDRITES 2016 EMBO Workshop. As a result...

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Collaboration with Matthew Larkum through a NeuroCure Visiting Fellowship

We are excited to announce that Dr. Poirazi has been appointed a NeuroCure Visiting Fellow at the Charité University of Berlin as of April 1st 2016. The NeuroCure is a Cluster of Excellence in the neurosciences at the Charité ? Universitätsmedizin Berlin and its partners are the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) and German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin (DRFZ).

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HSN travel fellowship to Alexandra Tzilivaki

Congratulations to Alexandra Tzilivaki for being awarded a travel grant by the Hellenic Society for Neuroscience in order to present her work at the FENS Forum 2016, the largest Neuroscience meeting in Europe!


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The road to independence: how to get funding in neuroscience

Check out the 3rd in a series of 10 opinion articles in the European Journal of Neuroscience by the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence! The article offers a range of tips and points to current funding opportunities for young Neuroscientists trying to fund their research in Europe.

The other 2 articles of this series can be found here and here.


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REMOD: A Tool for Analyzing and Remodeling the Dendritic Architecture of Neural Cells

Check out our new paper on Dendritic Remodeling that was just published in Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. The paper describes a web-based tool that allows extensive remodeling, visualization and morphometric analysis of any type of a dendritic tree.

Congratulations to all authors and especially Panos Bozèlos!

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A Simple Method to Simultaneously Detect and Identify Spikes from Raw Extracellular Recordings

Our new spike sorting paper is one of the 13 research articles selected from 54 different journals that are featured on the Frontiers homepage  

Congratulations to Panos Petrantonakis!

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Announcing: Dendrites 2016 EMBO Workshop, 18-21 June 2016

Announcing “Dendrites 2016″ , the EMBO Workshop on Dendritic anatomy, molecules and function. The conference is organized by the CBL and will take place from 18 to 21 June 2016 in FORTH, Heraklion, Greece.

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The activities of the FENS-KAVLI Network of Excellence come into focus

The ten most important things for a successful career in neuroscience. Interview with Yiota (Panayiota) Poirazi and Carlos Ribeiro from the FENS-KAVLI Network of Excellence.

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Press Release: IMBB researcher Panayiota Poirazi is Chair of the FENS-KAVLI Network of Excellence

Dr. Panayiota Poirazi, a Research Director at IMBB-FORTH is the first elected Chair of the FENS-KAVLI Network of Excellence.

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Why memory is the key to a better future

Dr. Poirazi participated at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2015, which took place in Dalian, China. In this video she talks about the forthcoming wave of new revolutionary technologies that will allow neuroscientists to track and manipulate the activity of neurons in the human brain, in non-invasive ways. Ultimately, this will enable the development of novel and highly effective therapeutic approaches that can overcome the hurdles of various neurological diseases (related to anxiety, depression, memory deficits, etc).

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Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2015

Panayiota Poirazi, together with the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas and the ERC President, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, held a Press Briefing on Frontier Research on behalf of the European Research Council at World Economic Forum‘s ”Summer Davos”, in Dalian, China, on 9 September 2015.

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Alexandra Tzilivaki wins Google EMEA fellowship

Alexandra Tzilivaki, an undergraduate Biology student working in our lab, has been awarded the prestigious pan-European “Google EMEA Scholarship” for the academic year 2015-2016 (

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IMBB researcher elected member of the Young Academy of Europe

Heraklion, February 12th 2015.

Panayiota Poirazi, a Research Director at IMBB-FORTH was elected yesterday member of the Young Academy of Europe.

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Panayiota Poirazi is one of the 20 top neuroscientists forming the FENS-KAVLI Network of Excellence

http://www.fenskavlinetwork.orgTHE FENS-KAVLI NETWORK OF EXCELLENCE is a prestigious network of 30 outstanding young European neuroscientists that represent the most talented scholars among their peer group. The first 20 members were selected in December 2014 and another 10 will be selected in 2015.

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Panayiota Poirazi to represent ERC at the World Economic Forum’s Meeting of New Champions 2014

Dr. Poirazi recently gave a talk at the World Economic Forum’s Meeting of New Champions in Tianjin, China, in which she argued that our ability to form memory associations may be a cost-effective strategy that has evolved in order to optimize both memory capacity and the use of available neural resources. This talk was part of the Ideas Lab session with the European Research Council.

FORTH press release.
ERC press release.
WEF Annual Meeting for New Champions.

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Manolis Christofides award to Dr Poirazi

The Cypriot President, Nicos Anastasiadis gives Dr. Poirazi the “Manolis Christofides” award in a Ceremony that took place in Nicosia on March 14, 2014.


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Βραβείο απο την Οργάνωση Νέων Επιστημόνων για τη Dr. Ποϊράζη

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TEDx Heraklion, 2014

Dr. Poirazi participated in the recent TEDx event which took place in Heraklion, Crete on February 8, 2014. The presentation was about the role of dendrites in memory formation.

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DENDRITES 2014, July 2014

In July 2014 we organize DENDRITES2014 , a scientific meeting dedicated to our favorite research topic!

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Panayiota Poirazi is giving a talk at TEDx Heraklion

Dr. Panayiota Poirazi, is giving a talk at TEDx Herakleion this February.


The event homepage.

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Dissertation defense of A. Papoutsi

Congratulations to our lab member Athanasia Papoutsi for successfully defending her PhD thesis ”Modeling approaches for analyzing persistent activity in the prefrontal cortex”.

During her PhD candidacy, Dr. Papoutsi examined the role of dendritic integration, morphology, and biophysics in the function of the prefrontal cortex.

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