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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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Growing and moving: How interactions between neuronal migration and outgrowth shape network architecture

Based on in vitro studies and computational modeling, neuroscientists Dr. Samora Okujeni and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Egert from the Bernstein Center Freiburg have made an important contribution to the understanding of brain networks and their development: they show how neuronal outgrowth and migration interact in shaping network architecture and the degree of modularity in mature networks. Their findings have now been published in eLife.


Lecture series "Ways to Explore the Brain" starts on Monday, October 28, 2019

The Bernstein Center Freiburg cordially invites you to the next series of interdisciplinary lectures concerning current brain research. It will begin on Monday, October 28. The lecture series is aimed at a broad audience and will be held in German. After a 40-minute lecture there will be the opportunity for discussion. Entrance is free of charge. See the full program here


Project start for Interneuron

Successful bid from the Bernstein Center Freiburg for EU Interreg funding to strengthen cross-border cooperation in the field of neuroscience and neurotechnology


Bursts with high and low load of epileptiform spikes show context-dependent correlations in epileptic mice

Epileptic activity in the brain consists of synchronized activity of neurons in a region of the brain that jointly generate spikes of electrical activity. It is an open question whether bursts of a few of such spikes signal an increasing probability of severe events with more spikes – or if they instead reflect neuronal processes that prevents this. A research team from the Bernstein Center Freiburg analyzed these patterns in detail in a mouse model for a specific type of epilepsy. Their work has now been published in eNeuro.

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Bernstein Seminar


Neuro-Talks in Freiburg


Conferences & Events

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 17.15h
Tobias Donner
Understanding variability in brain and behavior

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 17.15h
Upinder S. Bhalla

Excitatory-inhibitory balance and timing in the hippocampus explored using combinatorial optical stimulation

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 17.15h
Jérémie Barral
Synaptic scaling to maintain neuronal dynamics and propagate information

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Friday, October 11, 2019
11 am to 5:30 pm
Profile Field Neuroscience & Neurotechnology in Freiburg - 1st Annual Retreat

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

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