Prof. Mody and Jiayan Sun
On 30 June 2014, the DZNE hosted the 18th installment of the “Music & Brain” series at Forschungszentrum caesar, Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2, in 53175 Bonn.
The event started with a talk by Prof. Istvan Mody, Tony Coelho Professor of Neurology and Physiology, entitled "Interneurons: pieces of the puzzle Herr Alzheimer did not mention“. The lecture was followed by the pianist Jiayan Sun, who played works by Philipp Emanuel Bach and Frederic Chopin.
In 2014 Prof. Istvan Mody obtained a prestigious European Research Council Advanced Grant which he will complete at Bonn University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Supported by Izaak Walton Killam and Canadian Medical Research Council fellowships, he started his postdoctoral studies at the Max-Planck Institute in Munich/Martinsried, and continued at the Playfair Neuroscience Center of the University of Toronto. His first faculty appointment was in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University. His research on the basic mechanisms of epilepsies earned him several awards.
Top prize winners of Leeds, Cleveland, Dublin and Toronto International Piano Competitions, pianist Jiayan Sun has given recitals and performed with many prestigious conductors and orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, The Hallé, Chinese National and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras around the world. His performances have been broadcasted on BBC, RTÉ, China Central Television and classical music radio stations in North America. An accomplished performer on early keyboard instruments, he is also a devoted composer. Hailed from Yantai, China, he received the Bachelor's and Master's degrees at The Juilliard School.
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