The Regional FENS Meeting in Pécs will focus on the most recent discoveries in neuroscience from molecules to behavior, highlighting discoveries of translational potential. In addition to the wide range of scientific insights a special emphasis will be placed on cutting edge technologies. The conference will be held for four days and will include six plenary speaker sessions, eighteen symposia and three poster sessions.
Thomas SÜDHOF (Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine in 2013 for the “discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”,Stanford University Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA) “Towards a molecular logic of neural circuits"
Thomas C. Südhof is a German American neuroscientist who discovered key molecular components and mechanisms that form the basis of chemical signaling in neurons. His findings helped scientists to better understand the cellular mechanisms underlying neurological conditions such as autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease. For his breakthroughs, Südhof was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Südhof received the 2010 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience (with Rothman) and the 2013 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. Throughout his career much of Südhof’s research focused on presynaptic neurons, which release neurotransmitters into the synapse between communicating cells. He elucidated the process by which synaptic vesicles, which are filled with neurotransmitters, fuse with neuronal membranes and undergo exocytosis, in which they release their neurotransmitters into the extracellular environment. He found that specific interactions between proteins, such as between Munc18-1 and SNARE proteins, as well as a molecular complex based on the proteins RIM and Munc13, are required for synaptic vesicle fusion.
Hannah MONYER (University of Heidelberg, Germany) ”Short- and long-range inhibitory neurones governing spatial representation and memory"
Hannah Monyer studied Medicine at the University of Heidelberg and obtained her MD degree in 1982. 1983–1986 she worked as a resident at the Dept. of Child Psychiatry of the University of Mannheim and at the Dept. of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Lübeck. She started her scientific career as a neurobiologist with Prof. Barry Tharp and Prof. Dennis Choi at Stanford University, California. In 1989 she returned to Heidelberg for a second postdoctoral period at the ZMBH with Prof. Peter Seeburg. She habilitated in Biochemistry in 1993. Since 1994 she has been an independent group leader, first as a junior professor and since 1999 heading the Department Clinical Neurobiology at Heidelberg University Hospital. In 2004 she was awarded the Leibniz Prize of the DFG. In 2009 she was appointed W3 Helmholtz Professor at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Heidelberg. Her research group "Clinical Neurobiology" is a cooperational division of the Medical Faculty of the University and the DKFZ Heidelberg. Hannah Monyer's major scientific interests focus on mechanisms related to learning and memory. Her projects include investigations on the role of glutamate receptors in synaptic plasticity, the function of GABAergic interneurons underlying synchronous activity and memory and finally, the contribution of postnatally generated neurons for brain plasticity.
Anders BJÖRKLUND (Neuroscience Center, University of Lund, Sweden ) „Use of embryonic stem cells for dopamine cell replacement in Parkinson´s Disease"
Anders Björklund applied and was invited to join the medical school at the University of Lund, where he would stay for his entire career. Although to this day, Björklund remains interested in finding successful techniques for transplanting dopaminergic cells into Parkinson patients, he believes that there is promise for finding completely new – and perhaps more successful – therapies by investigating the usefulness of neurotrophic factors and better understanding the underlying cause of Parkinson disease. His research has been concerned with reparative and neuroprotective mechanisms in the CNS using cell replacement and gene transfer techniques. His group was early in the study of neural tissue transplants, and in the 1970’s they pioneered the development of methods for cell transplantation to the mammalian brain and spinal cord. Their most important contributions during this dynamic period included studies on the survival, integration and functional connectivity of fetal neuroblasts grafted to the CNS of adult rats, functional cell replacement in rodent models of Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease, and in animal models of hippocampal damage and cognitive decline. They have been one of the leading groups in the exploration of GDNF and its neuroprotective and regenerative properties in the nigro-striatal dopamine system and in the forefront of research aimed at developing recombinant AAV and lentiviral vectors for neuroprotective and restorative therapy in patients with Parkinson's disease.
Akihiro KUSUMI (Kyoto University, Japan) "Single-molecule view of the plasma membrane organization for signal transduction"
Akihiro Kusumi has studied in Kyoto, where he returned to work in 2005. He proposed an explanation for reduced diffusion speed of lipid and protein molecules in the cell membrane, based on a model of hop diffusion in which lipids are confined to a reduced space, created by a membrane-skeleton-induced compartments. These compartments allow the lipids or proteins freely in a limited region and limiting also the diffusion to other parts of the membrane. Getting to a new compartment is called "hop diffusion" while diffusion in the compartment is allowed by Brownian movement, the compartments of the cell are responsible of the reduced diffusion speed of the lipid or proteins when compared to artificial vesicles. His love of biological membranes, particularly in the neuronal network, was accidentally initiated when he, a senior majoring in physics at that time, entered a wrong lecture room where Prof. Shun-ichi Ohnishi of Kyoto University happened to be lecturing about the Singer-Nicolson’s fluid mosaic model in his membrane course in 1974. Prof. Ohnishi became his PhD advisor, with whom he studied the rotational diffusion of rhodopsin in reconstituted membranes. He did his first postdoc with Prof. Jim Hyde of the Medical College of Wisconsin, who is responsible for his experimental physics (nonlinear EPR of membranes, 1980-2). He did his second postdoc with Prof. Malcolm Steinberg (Princeton University, 1982-4), who is responsible for his cellular and developmental biology.
Attila LOSONCZY (Columbia University Medical Center, USA) "Imaging hippocampal circuits for navigation and memory"
Attila Losonczy received the MD degree from the Medical School, University of Pécs in 1999, and has been a member of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science since 2010. In 2011, Losonczy was named a Searle Scholar. In 2013, he was awarded the NARSAD Young Investigator Award. Losonczy was awarded the BRAIN Initiative Award by the National Institute of Health in two consecutive years, 2014 and 2015. Attila’s research program is aimed at understanding how mammalian cortical circuits mediate learning and formation of declarative memories – our repository of acquired information of people, places, objects and events. His laboratory uses functional imaging, electrophysiology, behavioral analysis, manipulation, and computational modeling to dissect the functional role of hippocampal excitatory, inhibitory and modulatory neural circuits in mnemonic functions. Subsequent work – combining in vivo functional imaging and perturbations of genetically-specified neurons during behavior – has redefined our understanding of hippocampal circuit function. For instance, they characterized the type of information carried by subcortical inputs to the hippocampus at a single synapse-level (Kaifosh et al., Nature Neuroscience, 2013), and they dissected the roles of hippocampal inhibitory circuits in navigation and learning (Lovett-Barron et al., Science, 2014, Lee et al. Neuron, 2014; Basu et al., Science 2016).
István MÓDY (UCLA BRAIN Research Institute, USA) "Interneurons in Alzheimer’s disease"
István Módy, Ph.D. is the Tony Coelho Distinguished Professor of Neurology and Distinguished Professor of Physiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and he also holds a part-time W3 Professorship in the Department of Epileptology, of the Bonn University Medical Center. He is a foreign member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the recipient of numerous international awards, including the Michael Prize for Epilepsy, the American Epilepsy Society’s Basic Scientist Award, the Hauptmann Prize, among others. Over the years, GABAergic inhibition in the brain has become the principal research focus of the Módy lab. He made some seminal discoveries in the field of epilepsy research including the demonstration that there are more synaptic GABAA receptors on epileptic neurons, but that the molecular composition of these receptors is different from those found in the non-epileptic brain. More recently, in a publication about the role of tonic inhibition following stroke, he demonstrated that an elevated level of this type of GABAergic tone hinders functional recovery after stroke in a mouse model of the disease. During the past few years, Prof. Módy’s lab has started addressing the hormonal control of neuronal excitability in females. His lab presently is working on alterations of GABAergic inhibition in mouse models of Alzheimer’s Disease, and reproductive depression models.
Programmes of the UP Sports Office for the Autumn of 2017
The University of Pécs is celebrating the 650th anniversary of the first Hungarian university this year. Honouring this jubilee, the university is giving place for various cultural, scientific or sport events in 2017.
20th September: International Day of University Sport
20th September has been designated as the International Day of University Sports by the UNESCO. The University of Pécs decided to join this programme: the Sports Office of the University is planning sport events on several locations. They expect that each faculty will represent itself with a team, which means that hundreds of university citizens will be mobilized. The students participating in the event will be exempted from going to classes on 20th September.
23rd September: 7th UP Dragon Boat Regatta
On the occasion of International Day of University Sport the UP Sport Office is planning to organize the Dragon Boat Regatta for the seventh time this autumn. The Dragon Boat Regatta will be organized for the seventh time this autumn. The purpose of the UP Sports Office is to go beyond the record number of applications of the Spring event of 2016, when 16 teams and more than 300 students applied. Rain day: 23rd September (Saturday)
30th September: UP “Rókaűzők” (Fox chasers)
In 2015 the University of Pécs decided to support a sports event that has been organized by the city of Kaposvár and Pécs for 20 years. This is the biggest long distance relay run in the autumn and from 2015 it is also part of the Hungarian University and College and Hungarian Relay Championship!
end of September- beginning of October
Naturally, the faculty championships organised by the Sports Office during the whole academic year will also be held and the Office also plans to organize the Futsal League, highly popular among male students, in both semesters.
1st October: UP 650 EHÖK Misina Peak Attack
The running race of Pécs City Council will be organized the fourth time this autumn. Here the best runners of UP can win 50 000 HUF in the university category.
18th October: 2nd UP Invisible Memorial Tour in Mecsek
Last year we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution. Mecsek Invisibles was the name of a small group of students, who continued to resist the Soviet forces after the revolution was crushed hiding in the Mecsek Mountains for months. The University of Pécs and the Sports Office paid tribute to their memory with an eight-kilometre tour in the Mecsek Mountains. The tour will consist of several stations where students can compete with each other. The Sport Office would like to continue this commemoration.
8th November: 6th UP Floorball Cup
The popular Floorball Cup will be organized for the sixth time this year. The purpose of this event is to guarantee that the mixed teams may take part in a fair contest having a good atmosphere.
22nd and 23rd November: 5th UP Night of Sports
The Night of Sports is an highlighted event of the UP Sports Office, which was first organized in the year when the Office was established in 2013. Since then it has been held each autumn. This sport event, mobilizing 12 teams in 12 sports during 12 hours, is extremely popular among students.
A Glimpse into the Future - 3D Print Conference at the University of Pécs
The University of Pecs’ 3D third annual Print Technology Conference welcomes everyone who is interested in the practical application of 3D printing technologies and visualizations. The event celebrates its third consecutive year and brings together notable experts and corporate entities in the developing field of 3D Print Technology.
Various segments of this year’s conference covers engineering, fine arts, biotechnology and dentistry including presentations by several international and national experts, who plan to demonstrate recent achievements through the use of complex exhibitions and interactive workshops.
The University of Pecs’ 3rd International Interdisciplinary 3D Conference will be held on 5-6th of October, at the Szentágothai János Research Center. This year’s conference organizers offer a stimulating agenda including the current state of 3D print technology. Additionally, several notable international and national guests will demonstrate how 3D print technology is revolutionizing sectors of manufacturing industry and the fine arts. Today’s achievements, with respect to 3D Print Technology and its support to medical procedures, were deemed largely unimaginable just several years ago, yet today, researchers are finding it now entirely possible to generate ideal results utilizing 3D Print Technology.
One predominant characteristic of 3D Print Technology is the potential for revolutionary changes to spread throughout various scientific fields. The University of Pecs, clearly demonstrates this diversity remarkably well. During this year’s event, several notable and respected international and national presenters will demonstrate current advances in 3D Print Technology and its positive effects on industry, the fine arts and medical sciences.
This year’s participating exhibitors plan to showcase equipment and device demonstrations, in which attendees will enjoy the opportunity to experience authentic 3D printers in action. Additionally, attendees will be invited to review, up close, a variety of 3D printed products. Following the demonstration exhibition, attendees will be invited to trace the development of 3D printed products originating from concept, onto computer design and eventually, the final 3D printed product.
Today, 3D Print Technology and visualization is a respected and highlighted field of research at the UOP. This year’s event presents the UOP’s professional levels of research and current achievements gained by members of the project including developmental 3D Print Technology and its various applications, and highlighting the generous support of nearly a two billion HUF EU sponsorship.
The technological breakthrough in 3D Print Technology is just now beginning and its effective impact is yet unpredictable. 3D Print Technology’s rapid development is spreading over fields of manufacturing industry, the fine arts and medical science. Recent advances in medical science demonstrate how quickly 3D Print Technology and innovation weaves its way into practical applications. In consideration of medical research, today’s 3D Print Technology’s developmental achievements include skull, vertebrae, joint components, throttle and, jaw prosthetics, all printed using refined construction materials, ideally suited to 3D Print Technology and fully customized to the client or patient. Additional benefits include cost-efficiency and rapid solutions when offering the patient various forms of treatment. This is the present, and the future regarding 3D Print Technology suggests even more breathtaking medical advances benefiting humankind.
According to several researchers, printing human organs in hopes of solving organ transplant shortage is not that far off. Meanwhile, others see the potential solution for health and well-being, contributing to longevity, in the operational use of 3D Print Technology.
Attendees to the UOP’s 3rd International Interdisciplinary 3D Conference in October will enjoy the opportunity to experience a glimpse into the future realm of 3D Print Technology.
Additional details, this year’s Conference highlights and program, and Conference registration are available at: http://conference.pte3d.hu/
On the occasion of the 650th jubilee of the foundation of the first Hungarian University, last year the Hungarian parliament decided to pronounce the first day of September from 2017 onward as the "Day of Hungarian Higher Education" and the memorial day of the University of Pécs, founded in 1367. According to the justification behind the decision, the government emphasized that this step highly promotes the significance of the international forward-looking role of Hungarian higher education maintained throughout the centuries, and thus Hungarian scientific achievements, together with Hungarian higher education itself will become a national heritage. In the morning of September 1st, with the participation of Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister, the City of Pécs, and the diocese commemorate this illustrious date with a ceremony held in the Kodály Center. The following events will include the Closing Conference of the Hungarian Brain Research Program, the ceremonial inauguration of the Statues of King Louis the Great and Bishop William next to the site of the Medieval University, and a festive mass in the Cathedral.
When King Louis the Great sent the Establishing Charter of the University of Pécs to Pope Orban V, he recommended it using the following words: "Pécs is particularly appropriate for sowing the seeds of knowledge." Referring to this citation, József Bódis, Rector of the University of Pécs told in his opening address that: "I think that the last centuries clearly proved that the trust given in advance have been earned by the intellectual strength of the city. At the same time, it has to be underlined that this is not the festive ceremony hailing Pécs or the University of Pécs only, but also it is the day celebrating Hungary and Hungarian higher education. From the first moment of our series of events on, it has been our objective that this red-letter day become important to all of us who ever did, or does in our present times for the development and progress of Hungarian higher education."
Many signatory universities of the Magna Charta Observatory, which held its anniversary conference for the first time in Central Europe, attended the ceremony, during which several awards were given. Neuroscientist György Buzsáki – who earned his medical degree at the University of Pécs, and was rewarded with The Brain Prize for his activities in 2011 – was inaugurated as the honorary doctor of the University of Pécs. Gábor Kovács L. professor and member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Christopher Wilson, the executive director of IT Services Hungary received one of the most prestigious awards, the Pro Universitate Quinqueecclesiensi. The King Louis the Great Prize, which was founded in honor of the jubilee year, was given for the first time to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pécs. The diploma and the statue of King Louis the Great made with 3D printer technology were received by György Udvardy, Bishop of Pécs. The Day of Hungarian Higher Education was also greeted by Pope Francis, whose letter was delivered and read out to the celebrating audience of the Kodály Center by Archbishop Alberto Bottari de Castello, the Apostolic Nuncio to Hungary.
The all day-long festive events continue with the Closing Conference of the Hungarian Brain Research Program. As it is known, the Government of Hungary decided to launch a 4-year-long (2013-2017) national brain research program, supporting it with 12 billion Hungarian Forints financed by the Research and Technology Innovation Fund. According to the World Health Organization, the severe societal and economic burden of brain disorders could be decreased effectively only by new treatments and prevention processes based on discoveries.
In the afternoon, the inauguration of the statue composition representing the founders of the university, King Louis the Great and Bishop William, takes place on the promenade between the northern side of the Cathedral of Pécs and the site of the Medieval University. The piece of art was made by Norbert Kotormán who had won the competition organized by the University of Pécs. As it was announced earlier by the jury: this statue expresses the most the spirituality of the era, the significance of the foundation of the first Hungarian university, moreover it visualizes the characteristics of gothic art.
The Day of Hungarian Higher Education goes on with a festive mass held in the Cathedral, then, finally, it closes with the concert of the Pannon Philharmonic which is especially organized also on the occasion of the Day of the City of Pécs. The celebration is still not over after this fascinating day. On September 2nd, the University of Pécs hosts a program open and free for public in the heart of the city, the Jubilee 650 PTE Day, where the multi-faceted and creative work going on inside the university buildings is presented to the society at large, so that every visitor can be actively taking part in university life and the special jubilee at least for a day.
The Institute of Musical Arts of the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts wishes to commemorate the special anniversary of our University. They have chosen to perform an adaptation of Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana' for solo, choir, two pianos and percussions.
The peculiarity of the opus is that the texts adapted by Orff date back to the times of the establishment of our university, i.e. the 14th and 15th centuries, moreover, the musicalised verses were written by students. It is going to be performed by the professors and students of the Institute and the university Chorus of UP.
Conductor: Prof. dr. Tamás Lakner, director with Liszt Award, dean of the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts.
International Sopiane Photo Salon 25th of August Knowledge Center
The Sopianae International Photo Salon contributes to the cultural life of Pécs and the University, and continues the tradition of the successful Pécs based photographers of the 60s’ and 70s’. The Salon is organized with the patronage of The International Federation of Photographic Art, and we host the world’s best photographers here in Pécs.
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana – the concert of the Institute of Music, Faculty of Arts 31st of August, 19.00 Dóm square
The concert will introduce Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ with versions written for solo, choir, two pianos and percussions. The peculiarity of the opus is that the texts adapted by Orff date back to the 14th and 15th centuries, the time of the foundation of PTE. In addition the verses were written by students. The University Choir of UP will join professors and students of the Institute to perform the piece. Conductor: Prof. Dr. Tamás Lakner, Dean of the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts, owner of a Liszt Award.
Contemporary history exhibition of the University 31st of August – 22th of September Nádor Gallery
The history of the University through the lenses of contemporary artists. Portraits, items, 650 years on display. Opening on 31st of August, 17:00
Programs of the events are free of charge and may be subject to change.
On 18 September 1988, in the presence of many political leaders and representatives of society, 388 rectors signed the Magna Charta Universitatum. That document remains as relevant to the mission of universities everywhere as it was when it was first signed. It has become the major reference for the fundamental values and principles of the university and over 750 university leaders from all over the world have now signed it.
Each year the Magna Charta Observatory organises an international conference to address current challenges in upholding the fundamental values and celebrates in a ceremony as more rectors sign the Magna Charta Universitatum. The 2017 conference and ceremony take place on 30 and 31 August 2017 in Pécs, Hungary. It will be followed, the 1st of September, by the Jubilee Meeting of the Hungarian Rectors' Conference.
The theme of the MCO conference is University values for today: Central European perspectives and challenges.
Well known international speakers will provide perspectives and lead discussions and participants from universities around the world will be able to engage closely through a wide range of focused small group discussions. Details can be found in the conference programme.
The conference is open to university leaders and their representatives, higher education professionals and students, policy-makers and higher education stakeholders from all sectors to attend the event. Its purpose is to enable them to respond more effectively to the challenges which they face and anticipate and strengthen their universities’ capability to uphold fundamental values for the benefit of their students, society and their university communities.
On 30 August, the Magna Charta Observatory, the University of Bologna and the University of Pécs will host the Ceremony for the Signing of the Magna Charta by universities committed to the principles of the Universitatum. All participants and companions travelling with them are invited to attend. There will also be a cultural programme.
Pécs Debate Academy - the first debate academy in Hungary
The Pécs Debate Academy is a unique regional initiative started in 2013. In 2016, PDA functioned also as CEEPUS Summer School on Migration, which provided an opportunity for students from all corners of the world to get engaged with a series of debates on topics closely connected with our transnational and "glocal" world.
British Parliamentary Debate system was introduced to the participants as method of debating. Level of debate academy: NOVICE. The most active participants gained 8 ECTS credits. Pécs Debate Academy is way more than just a summer academy. Come and join as a participant and make friends, experience Hungary and Pécs as its best.
The Pecs Debate Academy will give participants to do more than just study. We pay special attention to providing the participants with a very enjoyable and unforgettable stay. Our social programs include concerts, trip to the countryside, interactive and cultural events, karaoke party, sport contests. The focus of the debates and presentations is on the higher education and student life of the 21st century. Following the lectures of invited experts the participants of PDA 2017 will attend a debate contest and a final debate tournament. Various intercultural programs will also be organized for the attendants at the different locations of the city of Pécs and of the University of Pécs that will celebrate the 650th anniversary of its foundation.
In 2017 we celebrate the 650 anniversary of the first Hungarian university. On this special occasion the University of Pécs organizes numerous jubilee events and is also honored to host the annual EFFOTT festival! During the festival the University brings unique programs and provides a great selection of cultural and sport activities.
Visit the PTE Pavilion and don’t miss the Civil Stage, where the PTE Dance Ensemble and the PTE Brass Band will entertain you! Party with the PTE Dance Ensemble during the entire festival! Dance lessons, demonstrations and flash mobs provide fun, and of course the new song of PTE, ‘Otthon’ will be introduced: the Pécs music formation Halott Pénz will give a concert and play the fan favourite.
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Look for the PTE jubilee locomotive during the EFOTT On 11th and 16th of July it will transfer the 906: (Bp. Déli 16:30 – Szombathely 19:47) train, and On 12th and 17th of July it will transfer the 9009 (Celldömölk 4:40 – Bp. Déli 7:29) train!
Professor emeritus, honorary professor, honorary docent, habilitated doctor degrees, PhD degrees, Excellence Centre Awards and Németh László Award were conferred in the Halasy-Nagy József Aula on 15th July.