The new ECN cohort of PhD students has started

We would like to extend a warm welcome to you as you begin your first academic year here in Berlin with the ECN. We are happy that you have chosen to become a member of our neuroscience community!

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Fine-tuning communication: How drugs and diseases influence signals between nerve cells

Nerve cells communicate with one another via signaling molecules. The rule is: the more of these molecules, the stronger the signal. Drugs and diseases influence these processes and can weaken or strengthen the signal. Together with colleagues of Einstein BIH Visiting Fellow Thomas Südhof from Stanford University, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2013 and is supported by Stiftung Charité, Charité researchers have now been able to explain how these communication “modulators” work. They have published their results in the scientific journal Cell.

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Fundamental principle of fatigue and sleep quality regulation found

Human deep sleep is characterized by rhythmical brain waves. In deep sleep millions of cerebral neurons are active in synchrony and generate slow, rhythmical brain waves. After a long time awake, the same brain activity pattern can be measured as a sign for fatigue. A NeuroCure research team led by Dr. David Owald now observed those waves within fruit flies.

 

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OpenScope, a unique new approach to neuroscience research, is launching soon with a visual perception project by Jens Kremkow

Jens Kremkow, ECN-Member will have his project in visual perception brought to fruition at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle; its results will be accessible to all interested scientists. The project is part of a new endeavor called OpenScope – a project spanning various institutions that was begun in 2018 and modeled after shared astronomy observatories that became the seat of major findings about the physical universe.

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Berlin Neuroscience Meeting 2019

Together with our partner institutions, members and friends we would like to welcome the new cohort of the ECN PhD fellows.

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Autoantibodies in Pregnancy: A Cause of Behavioral Disorders in the Child?

Dysfunctions in the maternal immune system that occur during pregnancy could possibly lead to impaired brain development in the unborn child. This is suggested by studies by the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, which are based on laboratory experiments and additional findings in humans.

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Rats play hide and seek

All around the world children play hide and seek. But do animals do so too? In a recent study, scientists from the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin and the Humboldt University Berlin show that rats can quickly learn a rat-human version of the game and can easily switch between different roles – hiding and searching. The scientists suspect that hide and seek has its origins much earlier in evolution than previously thought. The study has been published on September 13, 2019 in the journal Science.

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