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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



Bernstein Center Freiburg | Antje Kilias - Synthetic brain rhythm Bernstein Center Freiburg | new method to extract information from extracellular action potential recordings Bernstein Center Freiburg - New insights in social decision making


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.


Generating knowledge and sharing it with society

This has been the motivation with which Jonathan Schiefer has conducted his research. Now the Bernstein Center Freiburg would like to congratulate him on his successful dissertation on "Inference of multi-scale connectivity in the brain".


Who do we take advice from – and why?

When we have to make a decision, we want to make the best possible choice. That is why we also seek advice from other people. But whose advice do we actually take? Various studies suggest: from people who seem particularly competent to us. However, scientists from the Bernstein Center Freiburg and University College London are taking an entirely new approach to try and find an explanation. Their findings have now been published.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018, 17:15
NeuroForum Freiburg: Cliff Kentros

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


September 20, 2018
NEUREX Workshop - Translational Approaches in Cholesterol & Lipids Transport Dysfunction and Related Disorders

Strasbourg, France

September 26-28, 2018
Bernstein Conference

September 30 - October 2, 2018
Cell-NERF Symposium Neurotechnologies
Leuven, Belgium
Prof. Dr. Thomas Stieglitz
Tue, October 2, 2018, 11:00 AM



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