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Article by BCF/RIKEN members published in PLoS Computational Biology

Article by BCF/RIKEN members published in PLoS Computational Biology

Using computer simulations of brain-like networks, researchers from Germany and Japan have discovered why nerve cells transmit information through small electrical pulses. Not only allows this the brain to process information much faster than previously thought: single neurons are already able to multiply, opening the door to more complex forms of computing.

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Nature Reviews Neuroscience publishes article by BCF members

Nature Reviews Neuroscience publishes article by BCF members

Reliable propagation of spiking activity in the brain is vital for information processing. BCF members Arvind Kumar, Stefan Rotter and Ad Aertsen propose in a new review article that under certain conditions asynchronous and synchronous propagation of spiking activity can co-exist in a modular neuronal network, and they suggest experimental strategies to test this hypothesis.

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Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience started

Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience started

On August 2, the Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience (ACCN) started at the Bernstein Center Freiburg. For one month, 30 students from around the world will attend lectures and work on projects spanning the whole width of this dynamic field of research.

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A new hub for the neurosciences

A new hub for the neurosciences

Bernstein Center consolidates research in Computational Neuroscience and Neurotechnology

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Position of Professor of Neurobiology and Neurotechnology

Position of Professor of Neurobiology and Neurotechnology

The Faculty of Biology at the Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg invites applications for the position of Full Professor (BesGr. W3, tenured) of Neurobiology and Neurotechnology to be filled as early as possible.

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BFNT member Niels Birbaumer receives Helmholtz Medal

BFNT member Niels Birbaumer receives Helmholtz Medal

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities honors Niels Birbaumer with one of its highest awards.

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New publication by BCF members in the Journal of Computational Neuroscience

New publication by BCF members in the Journal of Computational Neuroscience

Jens Kremkow, Laurent U. Perrinet, Guillaume S. Masson and Ad Aertsen published an article on "Functional consequences of correlated excitatory and inhibitory conductances in cortical networks" in the journal's current issue

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Honorary doctorate for member of the Bernstein Center Freiburg

Honorary doctorate for member of the Bernstein Center Freiburg

For his important contributions to the field of neuroanatomy, the Goethe University Frankfurt bestowed an honorary degree upon Prof. Michael Frotscher.

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BCF members to edit special issue of Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience

BCF members to edit special issue of Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience

Arvind Kumar, Stefano Cardanobile, Stefan Rotter and Ad Aertsen will be guest editors of a special topic issue of "Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience", an open access journal. The topic is "Structure, dynamics and function of brains: exploring relations and constraints".

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Junior Professorship Programme supports research on neuronal basis of movements

Junior Professorship Programme supports research on neuronal basis of movements

The activity of neurons is the basis for movement patterns in animals and humans alike. Up to now, it is largely unknown how the structure and activity of a neuronal network shapes the composition of complex movements. Abigail Morrison, Junior Professor at the Faculty of Biology and the Bernstein Center at the University of Freiburg, is trying to find an answer to this question. The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science now awarded her research with a grant of 150,000 €.

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Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience held in Freiburg

Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience held in Freiburg

For the third and final time, the Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience (ACCN) is held this summer at the Bernstein Center Freiburg. Applications are still possible until April 2, 2010.

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Lecture by Prof. Stefan Rotter available as web video

Lecture by Prof. Stefan Rotter available as web video

The lecture "Dynamics of recurrent pulse-coupled networks in the brain", held by Prof. Stefan Rotter at the Physics Colloquium on November 30, 2009, is now available online.

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Jeanette Hellgren talks about EuroSPIN

Jeanette Hellgren talks about EuroSPIN

The INCF Newsletter 4/09 published a conversation with Jeanette Hellgren about the new Erasmus Mundus PhD program "EuroSPIN".

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"Biologie in unserer Zeit" publishes article on Computational Neuroscience

"Biologie in unserer Zeit" publishes article on Computational Neuroscience

The German journal "Biologie in unserer Zeit" has published an article by Bernstein Professor Stefan Rotter and Gunnar Grah on computational neuroscience and recent findings.

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European Union awards Erasmus Mundus grant for Joint Doctorate Programme to the Bernstein Center Freiburg

European Union awards Erasmus Mundus grant for Joint Doctorate Programme to the Bernstein Center Freiburg

The Bernstein Center Freiburg will receive funding from the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme of the European Union to support its efforts in educating PhD students in the interdisciplinary field of neuroinformatics. The so-called EuroSPIN (European Study Programme in Neuroinformatics) will be carried out in collaboration with Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan in Stockholm, Sweden, the University of Edinburgh, UK, and the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in Bangalore, India. The programme will start in 2010.

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European Union awards Marie Curie Action “FACETS-ITN” to the Bernstein Center Freiburg

European Union awards Marie Curie Action “FACETS-ITN” to the Bernstein Center Freiburg

Embarking on a research career is not always easy. The European Commission seeks to support young researchers in this endeavour through the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) Program. The Bernstein Center at Freiburg University was now awarded financial support that will allow 21 selected Ph.D. students to conduct their research in a highly interdisciplinary field that spans from neurobiology to electrical engineering and computer science.

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