June 9 2011

FMI PhD student honored by Swiss Society for Neuroscience

The Swiss Society for Neuroscience (SSN) has honored Joern Niessing, former PhD student in Rainer Friedrich's laboratory at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), with the Best Publication Award 2011. The prize is awarded once a year to a young SSN member and honors an outstanding, peer-reviewed publication in the previous year.

In his award-winning Nature publication, Joern Niessing and his colleagues at the FMI unravel how odors are processed by the brain. As they reported, odors in the olfactory brain are classified into groups represented by discrete activity states of neuronal circuits. Gradual variations in odors result in abrupt transitions between patterns of neuronal activity. These findings provide fundamental insights into the brain's information-processing mechanisms.

Niessing J, Friedrich RW (2010) Olfactory pattern classification by discrete neuronal network states. Nature 465:47-52.

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