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What are neuronal network mechanisms and theoretical foundations of brain function? How can insights from basic research into brain function contribute to our understanding of brain dysfunction? And how can we apply this knowledge for developing better diagnostics and new therapies for brain disease and injury? These are some of the questions our scientists are seeking to answer. ► Mission Statement



190125-mould-a-brain.jpg Communication in Neuronal Networks | Under which conditions can messages be exchanged?


Controlling biological neuronal networks with Reinforcement Learning

It is an important therapeutic strategy for many neurological disorders to influence brain activity by means of deep brain stimulation. However, setting stimulus parameters optimally is a difficult problem. To make stimulation more efficient, an interdisciplinary research team from the University of Freiburg proposes a new closed-loop control paradigm based on reinforcement learning. Their findings have now been published in Neurocomputing.

Lecture Series

Lecture Videos online

Good news for everyone who missed lectures in our series "Ways to Explore the Brain" or who would like to listen to them again: The video recordings are now online. Click here to go to the Bernstein Video Channel

Video and Education

Training Course for Non-academics: Mould a Brain

Dr. Janina Kirsch, biologist and associated member of the Bernstein Center Freiburg, offers a unique training course for non-academics from medical professions. Watch a video here (in German and English)


Portraits of Communication in Neuronal Networks

The brain is organized as a network of highly specialized networks of spiking neurons. For this to work, groups of neurons in different networks need to be able to communicate with each other. But under which conditions can such communication take place? Researchers from the Bernstein Center Freiburg, and colleagues from Spain and Sweden, are proposing a new framework that combines three prominent explanatory models. Their conclusions have now been published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience.

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Talks & Events

Bernstein Seminar

Neuro-Talks in Freiburg

Conferences & Events

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 17:15h
Marc-Oliver Gewaltig

A Cell Atlas for the Whole Mouse Brain

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 10:15h
Moritz Helias
Field Theory for Collective Neuronal Statistics

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 17:15h
Peter Dayan
The Cortical Dynamics of Integrative Decision Making

 All Bernstein Seminars



Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 12:15
Freiburg Neuroscience Lecture Series: Nachum Ulanovsky
Neural codes for natural navigation in the hippocampal formation of bats

Tuesday, April 09, 2019, 12:15
Freiburg Neuroscience Lecture Series: Kenneth Harris
Brain-wide patterns of neural activity underlying a visual decision task


February 28 - March 5, 2019
Computational and Systems Neuroscience (Cosyne) 2019
Lisbon & Cascais, Portugal

March 20-23, 2019
13th Göttingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society (NWG)

May 5-25, 2019
ACAN 2019 - Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience
North Stradbroke Island, Australia



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