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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



2018-RV-Start.jpg Bernstein Center Freiburg | Antje Kilias - Synthetic brain rhythm Bernstein Center Freiburg | new method to extract information from extracellular action potential recordings


Science Days 2018 ►

As part of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience, the Bernstein Center Freiburg will once again present itself at the Science Days 2018 from Thursday, October 18 to Saturday, October 20 at Europa-Park Rust. For the first time, the Bernstein Centers for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Munich and Göttingen will also take part.


Ways to Explore the Brain

The Bernstein Center cordially invites you to our next round of the lecture series 'Ways to explore the brain' taking place in the winter semester 2018/2019. The series is aimed at a broad audience and will begin on Monday, 22rd October.


Synthetic brain rhythms

Scientists from the Bernstein Center Freiburg and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used an innovative optogenetic stimulation paradigm to evoke synthetic brain rhythms in vivo with a novel fiber probe customized for this stimulation. The novel stimulation technique is a promising research tool to explore or to interfere with slow brain rhythms.


Electrical fingerprinting of nerve cells

Together with colleagues from Norway, researchers from the Bernstein Center Freiburg have devised a new method to extract information from extracellular action potential recordings performed with state-of-the-art multi-electrode arrays. The new method can automatically spot cells in 3D space, and based on their electrical fingerprint it can even identify neuronal subtypes. These features will help to map neural circuits more accurately and more reliably in the future.

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Talks & Events

Bernstein Seminar

Neuro-Talks in Freiburg


Conferences & Events


Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 17:15
Bernhard Staresina

Making memories: How the human hippocampus binds, consolidates and retrieves experiences

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Dana Ballard

Cortical spike coding using gamma frequency latencies

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 17:15
Jan Gläscher

A network supporting social influence in human decision-making

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 17:15
Simon Schultz

From photon to pipette: targeted interrogation of cortical circuit function

 All Bernstein Seminars



Thursday, October 18, 2018, 17:15
NeuroForum Freiburg: Josh Jacobs
Direct human brain recordings and the neural basis of spatial and episodic memory

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 17:15
NeuroForum Freiburg: Daniel Dombeck

Thursday, November 22, 2018, 17:15
NeuroForum Freiburg: Cliff Kentros


October 7-10, 2018
The Necessity of Cell Types for Brain Function
Copenhagen, Denmark

October 15-16, 2018
6th Global Summit on Artificial Intelligence and Neural Network
Helsinki, Finland

October 18-19, 2018
SNS 2018 - Tübingen Systems Neuroscience Symposium




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