Research Training Group 2154 - Materials for Brain

RTG Online Colloquium talk by Prof. Dr. med. vet. Susann Boretius: The brain under anesthesia – What can we learn from comparative studies across species?

Head Functional Imaging Unit, German Primate Center (DPZ), Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Göttingen

Nov 18, 2021 from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM


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Susann BoretiusIn many deeply anesthetized and comatose states, the brain’s electroencephalographic (EEG) signal alternates between bursts of higher amplitudes and periods of suppressed activity. The origin of this burst-suppression pattern and its distribution across the brain are subject of ongoing discussions. Burst-suppression has been traditionally viewed as a homogenous oscillation across the entire cortex but more recent findings have demonstrated considerable spatial variation in its origin and propagation. Because of differences in data acquisition methods and animal species, previous studies have not converged on how burst-suppression is distributed across brain regions. Most importantly, it is questionable whether the involvement of all or of specific brain regions in burst suppression is a universal phenomenon across mammalian brains or whether the spatial distribution differs across species. Answering this question may give us interesting hints on the evolution of brain functions.



Susann Boretius is head of the Functional Imaging Laboratory at the German Primate Center, Leibniz Institute for Primate Research and Professor for Functional Imaging at the Georg August University Göttingen. Prof. Boretius studied Veterinary Medicine in Berlin and Physics at the Humboldt-University of Berlin and at the Georg August University in Göttingen and holds a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Leipzig. Her research focuses on the method development and optimization of magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy and its application in translational neuroscience and cardiac research.

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