Prof. Dori Derdikman
On places and borders in the brain
While various forms of cells have been found in relation to the hippocampus cognitive map and navigation system, how these cells are formed and what is read from them is still a mystery. In the current lecture I will talk about several projects which tackle these issues. First, I will show how the formation of border cells in the coginitive map is related to a coordinate transformation, second I will discuss the interaction between the reward system (VTA) and the hippocampus. Finally I will describe a project using place cells as a proxy for associative memory for assessing deficits in Alzheimer’s disease.