Unexpected pairings

Being able to precisely turn on or off particular neurons in the brain at will was a major challenge for the neuro- science field, and few could have anticipated that the solution would come from algae. The 2021 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award recognizes the contributions of ECN Member Peter Hegemann, Dieter Oesterhelt, and Karl Deisseroth for their discovery of light-sensitive microbial proteins that can activate or silence brain cells. 

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Peter Hegemann received one of the 2021 Lasker Awards

America’s top biomedical research prize honors the discovery of light-sensitive microbial proteins that can activate or dampen individual brain cells - and their use in the development of optogenetics

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Slow version of the glutamate receptor AMPA discovered

The glutamate receptor AMPA was previously known for its lightning-fast transmission of excitation. All the more surprising, therefore, are the results that researchers from the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) in Berlin have now made: AMPA-receptors can also be extraordinarily slow.

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Looking for nursing support for ECN student

It took over three years to manage that our ECN student with spinal muscular atrophy could move to Berlin!
We are happy to welcome her in Berlin and in our team - finally in person!

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DFG to Fund 13 New Research Units

Topics range from DNA viruses and learning in visual computing to issues relating to migration due to labour, education and displacement / A total of some €47.4 million for the first funding period

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Charité joins national initiative for transparency in animal research

Today sees research institutions from across Germany and the rest of Europe sign an agreement which commits them to providing transparent information on animal research. As part of this step, researchers from across the life sciences commit to taking an active role in shaping the public dialog on animal research and imparting relevant knowledge.

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