Plenary Speakers

Klaus Hofmann Lecture
Variability, Compensation, and Modulation in Neurons and Networks
4:00 p.m., Friday, 7 October

Eve Marder, PhD
Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience
Brandeis University

Welcome and Introduction of Speaker:
Susan G. Amara, PhD

For more than 35 years, Eve Marder, PhD, has pursued a fundamental problem in neuroscience: understanding how dynamic neural circuits arise from interactions between individual neurons and their synaptic connections. Together with Larry Abbott, PhD, Marder pioneered the “dynamic clamp,” computer-generated artificial conductances and synapses between real neurons that is now a widespread tool for studying neural systems.  

Marder has also shown that neural circuits, rather than being immutably “hard-wired,” can be reconfigured. Using a variety of experimental techniques in the crustacean stomatogastric ganglion, she has demonstrated neural network stability despite nerve cell environment changes. Her work has implications for understanding human memory formation, motor control, behavioral plasticity, and mood disorders.

Marder earned her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and her PhD in biology from the University of California, San Diego. She completed fellowships at the University of Oregon and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris before returning to Brandeis, where she is now the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience.

The former chief editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology and past president of the Society for Neuroscience, Marder has been honored with the Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award and Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience, and the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.