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Colloquium FRIAS Research Focus Quantum Transport - Luca Turin: Why does consciousness dissolve in chloroform? The story of an enduring mystery.

When May 19, 2015
from 01:15 PM to 02:45 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, ground floor, large room
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Contact Phone 0761 203 97362
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General anesthetics were discovered accidentally in the 1840s and have enabled modern surgery.

They are arguably the most important discovery in pharmacology, and tens of millions of general anesthesias are performed each year. Despite this, the mechanism of general anesthesia remains shrouded in mystery. I will sketch important milestones of the history of this field and describe some
new data and ideas which point to a novel and surprising —albeit partial— answer to this puzzle.