To prepare our second cohort of PhD candidates in the best possible way for the upcoming PhD years, we offered the PhD Starters Week in September 2023. In the morning sessions, our PIs gave lectures on topics highly relevant to SynAGE. In the afternoon sessions, our participants joined exciting soft-skill workshops and an Alumni Gathering.

18.-22.09.2023 I IBIO, Hs 91, room 001


10.00 Gabriel Ziegler: „Using sMRI Pattern Analysis in Ageing and Neurodegeneration – An Overview“ and Markus Ullsperger: „Neuromodulatory and ageing effects on cognitive control“Stefanie Schreiber: „Neuroinflammation and Abeta- Clinical Implications“ and Alexander Dityatev: „Neuroinflammation and Abeta: cellular mechanisms impacting synaptic plasticity“Anne Maass: “Multimodal imaging of cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease“ and Janelle Pakan: „Cross-species and cross-technique considerations for cognitive neuroscience: virtual tools and use cases“Daniela Dieterich and Oliver Stork: „Gene (dys)regulation in ageing“Constanze Seidenbecher and Michael Kreutz: „Synaptic diversity, plasticity and frailty“
13.00Workshop: Managing a PhD project with Dominik ModrzynskiWorkshop: Good Scientific Practice with Christiane HedtmannAlumni Gathering (Laser Tag)Workshop: Open Science – Reproducible Workflows with Malika IhleWorkshop: Animal Research and Welfare with Melanie Humpenöder
17.00BBQ @ Student Club Kiste, House 31a, Leipziger Straße 44

An overview about our workshop can be found here.

Our Alumni Gathering is part of the Postdoc Appreciation Week 2023.

As part of the PhD Starters Week, we would also like to take the opportunity to thank our former PhD candidates for their commitment and excellent scientific work. For this purpose, we have organized an Alumni Gathering, where our current PhD and MD candidates can exchange ideas with former ones. Moreover, we will present the SynAGE Award for special achievement in the RTG to former PhD candidates and meanwhile postdocs. Everybody interested is welcome to join!



We thank Dominik Modrzynski, Christiane Hedtmann, Martina Beyrau, Malika Ihle, Nikolaus Plesnia and Melanie Humpenöder for sharing their knowledge with us during the workshops.

Moreover, we thank the Institute of Biology and the student club Kiste for housing.