A great honor for our institute - on September 5, 2019, a fully packed auditorium welcomed biophysicist and Nobel Prize winner Prof. Dr. Erwin Neher for a new talk in our public lecture series "caesarium".
Neher studied physics at the TU Munich and at the University of Wisconsin. During his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich, he become a collaborator to physician and physiologist Bert Sakmann. Together, they won the Nobel Prize in the category of „Physiology or Medicine“ in 1991, for their discoveries concerning the function of single ion channels in cells.
Since 1983, Neher is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and is closely connected with research center caesar. At the caesarium, he gave a fascinating insight into his research on ion channels and their extensive potential in research and medicine. Several hereditary deseases such as mucoviscidosis, for example, can be traced back to a defect in the workings of ion channels. Erwin Neher’s research provides a fundament for research and further understanding such diseases.