On Thursday March 20th the Nobel laureate Eric Kandel gave a talk for the participants on the lecture series "Culture and Health". He reviewed his lifelong research on cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory, and ended up with recent findings in his laboratory that maintenance of memory might involve molecular mechanisms analogous to the propagation of the prion-proteins, responsible for "Mad cow"- and other related diseases.
As usual, the lecture was followed by informal discussions with the participants on the course.
Raveendra et al, Characterization of prion-like conformational changes of the neuronal isoform of Aplysia CPEB, NATURE STRUCTURAL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 20:495 (2013)
Kandel, E, The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, Random House 2012
Kandel, E, In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind, W. W. Norton & Company 2007