Michael Frotscher - „But, research requires much time.“
Our colleague and friend Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Michael Frotscher died after a short serious illness on May 27th, 2017. We will greatly miss his friendly, appreciative manner, his scientific expertise and his tireless efforts to address difficult questions.
With the passing of Michael Frotscher we have lost an internationally acclaimed scientist and a wonderful colleague who never lost his curiosity of how the brain works.
In 2011, Michael Frotscher came to Hamburg with a Senior Research Professorship in the Neurosciences from the Hertie Foundation and established the Institute for Structural Neurobiology at the Center for Molecular Neurobiology (ZMNH) of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). He was elected Director of the ZMNH in 2015.
He quickly became a highly esteemed member of the Medical Faculty of Universität Hamburg, and a valued advisor and discussion partner for colleagues from diverse areas who greatly appreciated his readiness to help and his specialist advice.
Michael Frotscher’s scientific work on the development of cytoarchitecture and wiring of the brain as well as on the structural and functional analysis of synapses of the central nervous system is internationally renowned and highly cited. Innumerable collaborations, honorary positions and awards demonstrate his very high reputation. In recognition of his important contributions to the field of neuroanatomy he received many awards, including the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine, an honorary doctorate from the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Jacob Henle Medal of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
We will treasure our memories of Michael Frotscher, an outstanding scientist and wonderful friend whose heart beat for science. Our thoughts are with his relatives.
Michael Frotscher was literally torn out of life. We wished he had had more time.
June 1, 2017
DFG Research Unit FOR 2419
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has granted 2.5 million EUR for the Research Unit FOR 2419 "Plasticity versus Stability: Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Strength" which focusses on the longstanding question of synapse and network plasticity. One of the seven funded research projects is carried out at the Institute for Structural Neurobiology:
Matthias Kneussel, ZMNH Institute for Molecular Neurogenetics
Delivery of plasticity-related proteins (PRPs) in synaptic consolidation
Marina Mikhaylova, Emmy Noether Group Neuronal Protein Transport
Functional interplay of microtubule and actin motors in dendritic compartmentalization
Wolfgang Wagner, ZMNH Institute for Molecular Neurogenetics
Mechanisms of actomyosin-dependent regulation of postsynaptic function and plasticity in Purkinje cells
Thomas Oertner, ZMNH Institute for Synaptic Physiology
Impact of spine endoplasmatic reticulum on synaptic function and plasticity
Froylan Calderon de Anda, ZMNH Junior Research Group Neuronal Development
The role of TAO2 in synapse formation and plasticity
MIchael Frotscher, ZMNH Institute for Structural Neurobiology
Structural plasticity of hippocampal mossy fiber synapses
Christine Gee and Simon Wiegert, ZMNH Institute for Synaptic Physiology
Dynamic rewiring of hippocampal circuits following synaptic plasticity
Press release of the DFG (in German)
October 1st, 2015