Austrian Scientists & Scholars
in North America

Washington D.C.

About This Chapter

The ASCINA Chapter of Greater Washington, DC, which also includes the Baltimore area, is among the oldest ASCINA chapters.

Description

ASCINA DC members work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA, the International Monetary Found, the Smithsonian Institution, the World Bank, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, Virginia Tech, think tanks and non-profit organizations. Due to the proximity to the Austrian Embassy we have close ties with the Office of Science and Technology (OST), which also organizes scientific events on a regular basis.

We meet regularly for scientific and social activities.

News

Michaela Willi received the Award of Excellence for her PhD dissertation in the area of Bioinformatics (announcement from the Innsbruck Medical University). Her thesis on the regulation of gene expressions through enhancers and genetic boundaries was conducted under the guidance of Zlatko Trajanoski (Biocenter Innsbruck Med. Uni.) and Lothar Hennighausen (NIDDK/NIH).

Next Event

November 19, 2019: Dr. Johannes Passecker, 

Title: „Controlling the Prefrontal Cortex for improved Decision-making“, NIH, Behesda and  Columbia University, New York

Bio & Abstract:
Johannes is a system neuroscientist at Columbia University, New York, USA and the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA holding a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. At the core of his scientific quest is the question of how does the brain form decisions? and what maladaptive changes occur in the brains of psychiatric disorders that alter decision-making? In his pursuit to answer those questions, he applies novel technologies to study neural circuits that contribute to the planning of future actions in both healthy brains and models of psychiatric diseases. In his talk, he will share some of his current and past work focusing on the neurological foundation of decision-making and how it may help to solve cognitive deficits in patients suffering from schizophrenia. More info @ www.jpassecker.com

 

ASciNA Talks

Once a month we organize an ASCINA talk, where a member of our group gives an overview over his/her field of research or presents current work. After the talks we typically convene for food and drinks and further discussion.

Location of most talks:
Tenleytown Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington DC, 20016

Contact

If you would like to receive email invitations to our events, sign up by sending us an email. We look forward to meeting you!

Chapter head:
Gerald Brandacher (gbranda2@jhmi.edu)
Deputy Chapter head:
Cornelia Fermüller (fer@cfar.umd.edu)
Group Washington:
Cornelia Fermüller (fer@cfar.umd.edu)
Elisa Arthofer (elisaarthofer@gmail.com)
Group Baltimore:
Gerald Brandacher (gbranda2@jhmi.edu)
Georg Furtmüller (gfurtmu1@jhmi.edu)
 

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