Casper Hoogenraad: Learning cells
The molecular biology of our memory
How do we learn? And how do we remember? Is there something like a memory protein? Cell biologist Casper Hoogenraad wants to understand our learning processes on a molecular level. He studies the function of proteins inside neurons in the hippocampus. Here, he thinks, the secret of our memory may be found...
Casper Hoogenraad (1973) is one of the most talented researchers in molecular science in the Netherlands. He discovered various molecular processes that may explain how the memory works.
A significant breakthrough in this respect is that high-resolution microscopy has made it possible to reveal the movement of memory molecules in brain cells. For this research he received the prestigious European Young Investigators Award.
Produced by Fast Facts
With the support of The Young Academy and Casper Hoogenraad
Thanks to Iris Koopmans, The Young Academy Office, Utrecht University, Robert van den Berg, Marijn Kuijpers, Josta Kevenaar, Laura Gumy, Ilya Grigoriev, Lukas Kapitein and Myrrhe van Spronsen
With images from: “Inner Life of the Cell", Harvard University, © 2008 The President and Fellows of Harvard College, created Robert Lue and Alain Viel, Harvard University, John Liebler, XVIVO, LCC
National Science Foundation, Graham Johnson, Graham Johnson Medical Media
Made by: Marieke Aafjes 2012
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Camera & editing: Jonathan Massey
Music: Daan van West
Graphic design: SproetS