May 25, 2012
Andreas Lüthi elected as member of EMBO
Last week the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) announced the election of Andreas Lüthi, senior group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, to its membership. He is one of 55 newly appointed "outstanding life scientists" in Europe and worldwide. "The selected researchers will help shape the direction of the life sciences in Europe and beyond," states EMBO in its media release.
Andreas Lüthi is a widely acknowledged expert in the physiological and behavioral analysis of amygdala function and fear conditioned learning and memory. He has pioneered in vivo electrophysiological methods to study amygdala function in behaving mice and optogenetics for the analysis of the neuronal networks controlling fear responses. The inability to inhibit inappropriate fear responses is the hallmark of human anxiety disorders. Lüthi and his team are investigating the cellular mechanisms underlying fear extinction, an associative learning process mediating inhibitory control of inappropriate fear behavior.
EMBO elects leading scientists annually as EMBO Members based on proven excellence in research. With his election, Andreas Lüthi figures among the top 1'550 life scientists of Europe, joining 11 other FMI scientists. EMBO Members provide scientific expertise to the fellowship and conference programs coordinated and funded by EMBO, and participate in projects that promote the public dissemination of scientific knowledge.