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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



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Disentangling the complex signal flow in layered networks of neocortex

Networks in the brain often have a complex structure, comprising multiple layers or subpopulations of nerve cells. Researchers from Bernstein Center Freiburg are now proposing a novel theoretical framework to disentangle aspects of the complex signal flow within these networks. The work has now been published in PLOS Computational Biology.


The focus is on Europe at the 2019 Stallwächterparty

Inform, explain, answer questions – this was the mission of Stefan Rotter, Managing Director of the Bernstein Center Freiburg, who travelled to Berlin for the 56th Baden-Württemberg Stallwächterparty. And he used the opportunity to plead the case for cross-border, fundamental research to Theresia Bauer, Research Minister of Baden-Württemberg.


Simulating the effect of transcranial brain stimulation

The long-lasting aftereffects of non-invasive transcranial direct current stimulation promise an alleviation of severe symptoms of diseases like depressive disorder or chronic pain. In a new modeling study, researchers from the Bernstein Center Freiburg suggest that the aftereffects observed in experiments may be a consequence of homeostatic network growth. Their findings have now been published in Network Neuroscience.

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A congenital additional finger brings motor advantages

Polydactyly is the extraordinary condition of someone being born with more than five fingers or toes. In a case study published in Nature Communications, researchers from Freiburg, London and Lausanne have for the first time examined the motor skills and sensorimotor brain areas in people with polydactyly. The results show that an extra finger can significantly extend the manipulation abilities and skill.


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Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 12:15h
Freiburg Neuroscience Lecture Series: Rainer Friedrich
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel

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July 14 - August 03, 2019
CAJAL Neuroscience Training Course 2019 - Interacting with neural circuits
Lisbon, Portugal

Tue, Sep 17 - Fr, Sept 20, 2019
Bernstein Conference 2019

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