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Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology

WG Medical Biophysics

Head

Prof. Dr. Alexander Groh

Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology
INF 326
69120 Heidelberg

Phone:

+49 6221 54-4050

E-Mail:

 groh@uni-heidelberg.de

Our Field of Research

The cerebral cortex is the ‘cognitive’ headquarter of the brain and is instrumental for transforming sensory signals into action. But how does the cortex communicate with the rest of the brain to fulfil this function and how are impairments to this communication expressed in brain diseases? Our lab investigates the structure and the functional mechanisms underlying the interplay between the cortex and subcortical networks that give rise to cognitive functions, including sensori-motor transformations, salience encoding and pathological pain. We are leveraging a combination of in vivo deep-brain electrophysiology, optogenetics, synaptic physiology and behavioural approaches in the mouse model system.

 

Scientists of the division are also integrated in a number of regional and national research centers and networks:   

 


WG Medical Biophysics

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Recent Publications

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Integrated information theory does not make plant consciousness more convincing. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2021 Jul 30;564:166-169. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2021.01.022. Epub 2021 Jan 21.

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Absence of neocytolysis in humans returning from a 3-week high-altitude sojourn. Acta Physiol (Oxf). 2021 Jul;232(3):e13647. doi: 10.1111/apha.13647. Epub 2021 Mar 17.

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Plants have neither synapses nor a nervous system. Plant Physiol. 2021 Jun 26;263:153467. doi: 10.1016/j.jplph.2021.153467. Online ahead of print.

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Histone deacetylase 2-dependent ventricular electrical remodeling in a porcine model of early heart failure. Life Sci. 2021 Jun 26;281:119769. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2021.119769. Online ahead of print.

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Temporal relations between cortical network oscillations and breathing frequency during REM sleep. J Neurosci. 2021 Jun 16;41(24):5229-5242. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3067-20.2021. Epub 2021 May 7.

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High-frequency burst spiking in layer 5 thick-tufted pyramids of rat primary somatosensory cortex encodes exploratory touch. Commun Biol. 2021 Jun 10;4(1):709. doi: 10.1038/s42003-021-02241-8.

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AAV-mediated expression of NFAT decoy oligonucleotides protects from cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. Basic Res Cardiol. 2021 Jun 4;116(1):38. doi: 10.1007/s00395-021-00880-w.

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Assessable learning outcomes for the EU Education and Training Framework core and Function A specific modules: Report of an ETPLAS WORKING Group. Lab Anim. 2021 Jun;55(3):215-232. doi: 10.1177/0023677220968589. Epub 2020 Dec 7.

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Trigger-Specific Remodeling of KCa2 Potassium Channels in Models of Atrial Fibrillation. Pharmgenomics Pers Med. 2021 May 20;14:579-590. doi: 10.2147/PGPM.S290291. eCollection 2021.

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TLR2- and TLR3-activated microglia induce different levels of neuronal network dysfunction in a context-dependent manner. Brain Behav Immun. 2021 May 17:S0889-1591(21)00194-X. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2021.05.013. Online ahead of print.

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Mechanobiology of Atherosclerosis. In: Vascular Mechanobiology in Physiology and Disease. Cardiac and Vascular Biology, vol 8. (Hecker M, Duncker DJ, eds.) Springer, Cham 2021, pp. 319-332. Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-63163-5; eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-63164-2

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The Biomechanics of Venous Remodeling. In: Vascular Mechanobiology in Physiology and Disease. Cardiac and Vascular Biology, vol 8. (Hecker M, Duncker DJ, eds.) Springer, Cham 2021, pp. 167-189. Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-63163-5; eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-63164-2

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Vascular Mechanobiology in Physiology and Disease. Cardiac and Vascular Biology, vol 8. Springer, Cham 2021, 352 pp. Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-63163-5; eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-63164-2

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Alginate hydrogel polymers enable efficient delivery of a vascular-targeted AAV vector into aortic tissue. Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2021 Jun 11;21:83-93. doi: 10.1016/j.omtm.2021.02.017. eCollection 2021 Jun 11.

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Debunking a myth: plant consciousness. Protoplasma. 2021 May;258(3):459-476. doi: 10.1007/s00709-020-01579-w. Epub 2020 Nov 16.

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Simulation of Air Travel-Related Irradiation Exposure of Cryopreserved Mouse Germplasm Samples. Biopreserv Biobank. 2021 Mar 1. doi: 10.1089/bio.2020.0046. Online ahead of print.

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AAV-mediated AP-1 decoy oligonucleotide expression inhibits aortic elastolysis in a mouse model of marfan syndrome. Cardiovasc Res. 2021 Jan 20:cvab012. doi: 10.1093/cvr/cvab012. Online ahead of print.


Institute of
Physiology and Pathophysiology

Heidelberg University

Im Neuenheimer Feld 326

69120 Heidelberg

Germany

Phone:+49 6221 54-4056
Fax:+49 6221 54-6364
E-mail:susanne.bechtel@
physiologie.uni-heidelberg.de