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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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“Working at the Bernstein Center has been a great opportunity for me.”

This is what Mohammadreza Mohagheghi Nejad thinks overall about his time as a PhD student in Freiburg. Now that the biomedical engineer has successfully finished his doctorate, what is going through the mind of the young scientist after graduating? He talked with the Bernstein Center Freiburg about this.


Golan Karvat wins Best Paper Award

Golan Karvat, PhD student from the Bernstein Center Freiburg in the lab of Prof. Dr. Ilka Diester, wins the Best Paper Award in the 2019 Göttingen meeting of the German Neuroscience Society. The talk was selected as the best talk according to the criteria: novelty of findings presented, potential impact on future research and the quality of the presentation.



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






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Talks & Events

Bernstein Seminar

Neuro-Talks in Freiburg

Conferences & Events

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 17:15h
Benedikt Grothe

Optimizing conductance velocity and timing of action potentials in a neuronal circuit with microsecond precision

 All Bernstein Seminars



Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:15h
Freiburg Neuroscience Lecture Series: Ian Duguid
Thalamocortical control of skilled movement

 More Talks in Freiburg

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

May 18-19, 2019
The Future of Neuroscience, Attachment and Mentalizing Conference
TBA, London, United Kingdom



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