Posted on 17/01/2018In search of lost time - what makes a memory?
Associate Professor Tomas Ryan will be visiting the Florey to collaborate with several of our researchers who share his passion for memories - what are they, how are they stored and can we retrieve lost memories?
Tomas is based at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and is interested in the fundamental questions of how memory is stored as information in the brain.
Recent studies have shown that spatial memories are encoded as sparse populations of cells that are activated during learning and are necessary for the retrieval of specific memories. We refer to these cells as "memory engram cells" and the focus of his group is to understand how engram cells are able to store specific memories as information.