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Science Today – the complexity of the brain


Date: Friday 8 April 2022

Time: 18.00 – 21.00

Location: Nobel Prize Museum, Stortorget 2, Old Town

Understanding how the brain works has long been one of the most vibrant scientific fields. During this event we will explore the state of brain science today through a series of short presentations. After the presentations, guests will have the chance to networking and mingle, accompanied by music and a DJ.

Science Today – the complexity of the brain
Science Today – the complexity of the brain

Some of the earliest Nobel Prize laureates were pioneers in understanding how the brain works. Santiago Rámon y Cajal discovered how synapses link neurons, and Ivan Pavlov made foundational discoveries about the mind-body connection through his work in behavioural psychology. Since then, prizes have been awarded to important work on how the brain registers visual input, how our spatial knowledge shapes the brain and how signal substances in the brain alters our mood and behaviour.

During this event we will learn more about brain science today. Three young scientists will present their research to the public in the form of short presentations. The evening is curated by the Nobel Prize Museum’s Olof Somell, who will talk about some of the well-known Laureates who have received the Nobel Prize for discoveries related to the brain.

The event is part of a new collaboration between Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet, KTH and the Nobel Prize Museum entitled Science Today.



Andreas Giannisis, Stockholm University
– MSc, Ph.D. Candidate, Translational Neurodegeneration Group,  
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
 “I am a 4th year PhD student at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, at Stockholm University. Throughout my PhD studies, my focus was to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that link a liver secreted cholesterol carrier, namely apolipoprotein E (apoE) with Alzheimer’s disease.”

Dimitrios Voulgaris, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
– Doctoral student in micro and nanosystems
 “In my PhD I am generating astrocytes from stem cells, I am going to describe the importance of this specific brain cell type, why it is important, why everyone’s knows about neurons and not so much about astrocytes.”

Maria Lalouni, Karolinska Institutet
– Post doc, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet
 “I work as a postdoc in the Pain Neuroimaging lab. My main research interests are mechanisms of emergence, maintenance, and release of symptoms and how such mechanisms can be used to improve psychological treatments and preventative efforts.  I’m particularly interested in the parent-child interaction, pain mechanisms, and exposure-based cognitive behavioural therapy.” 


  • 18:00 Talk and presentations
  • 18:45 Discussions
  • 19:00 Networking mingle with DJ

Before and after the conversation, you are welcome to view the exhibitions and visit Bistro Nobel for refreshments.

For information about bookings and the purchase of tickets for the event, please visit

Please note that the conversation will be in English.


Science Today

Science Today takes the temperature of science in 2022 and invites PhD or Postdoc candidates to present their research and their momentum as emerging researchers.    

The concept investigates the world of science and technology and gives the opportunity for doctoral students, researchers and other enthusiasts or like-minded people with an interest in scientific research to meet and discuss. 

The Nobel Prize awards ideas that shape the world we live in. Science gives us a deeper knowledge of how nature works, and to use this knowledge for “the benefit of humankind”, as the founder Alfred Nobel stated in his will.  

In this first occasion we will dig deeper into the world of one of the largest and most complex organs in the human body – the brain. 

Science Today is part of the Nights at the Nobel Prize Museum series of events: