Berlin Neuroscience Meeting 2018

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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Successful in the Cluster of Excellence funding line

Congratulations to all seven Clusters of Excellence of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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NeuroCure will receive further funding

Outstanding Research in Berlin: Seven Clusters of Excellence approved in the Excellence Strategy

In the Excellence Strategy research competition run by the German federal and state governments, seven Clusters of Excellence of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been adopted in total. Starting in 2019, the interdisciplinary research projects will be funded for seven years with up to ten million euros per annum, as declared in Bonn.

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Freigeist Fellowship for Shimpei Ishiyama

Shimpei Ishiyama, postdoc in Michael Brecht's lab, has successfully applied for a Freigeist Fellowship (VW Stiftung). He will receive 1 Mio Euro to continue his research on positive emotions like ticklishness and their corresponding neuronal processes in the brain.

Read more … Freigeist Fellowship for Shimpei Ishiyama

New FENS-Kavli Scholar

Susanne Schreiber, member of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin was elected as FENS-Kavli Scholar into the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence.

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New generation of pain medications

Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Zuse-Institut Berlin have developed a new generation of pain medications. Using computer simulations, they have designed new opioids that have an effect only at the site of injury or inflammation

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Neurosciences meets literature

The Medicines of today are the drugs of tomorrow

This year at the 18th International Literature Festival in Berlin, ECN member Prof. Dr. Christoph Stein talks with Harald Staun about "The medicines of today are the drugs of tomorrow". The event will take place in the special series "The Politics of Drugs".

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Presynapses come in a packet – Berlin Scientists Identify the Components and Architecture of Neuronal Contact Sites

Synapses are the interfaces for information exchange between neurons. Teams of scientists working with Professor Dr. Volker Haucke, Director at the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) and Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin, and Professor Dr. Stephan Sigrist at the Freie Universität Berlin discovered the materials, which form new presynapses for the release of transmitters. The findings may help to design better nerve-regenerating therapies in the future.

Read more … Presynapses come in a packet – Berlin Scientists Identify the Components and Architecture of Neuronal Contact Sites

Stress during pregnancy increases risk of mood disorders for female offspring

A study in Biological Psychiatry examines the effects of maternal cortisol levels on brain connectivity and behavior in offspring.

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A molecular switch may serve as new target point for cancer and diabetes therapies

If certain signaling cascades are misregulated, diseases like cancer, obesity and diabetes may occur. A mechanism recently discovered by scientists at the Leibniz- Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) in Berlin and at the University of Geneva has a crucial influence on such signaling cascades and may be an important key for the future development of therapies against these diseases.

Read more … A molecular switch may serve as new target point for cancer and diabetes therapies

Two highly funded grants from the European Research Council

ERC Starting Grants for behavioral biologist and neuroscientist of Freie Universität Berlin
The behavioral biologist PD Dr. Mirjam Knörnschild and neuroscientist Dr. med. Radoslav Cichy of Freie Universität Berlin won a European Reasearch Council Starting Grant (ERC).

Read more … Two highly funded grants from the European Research Council

ECN at 11th FENS Forum of Neurosciences 2018

The countdown is running – in a few days the FENS Forum of Neurosciences will start in Berlin (July 7-11, 2018, City Cube, Berlin, Germany). We are excited to be there with our joint booth Neurocenters in Germany.

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Blood test enables reading out the internal clock

With a new blood test, researchers can determine the state of the internal clock of a person. Once the internal rhythm of patient is known, drugs could be administered at particular times of day making them more effective and with fewer side effects than standard therapy.

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ECN booth at the Long Night of Science 2018

On the "smartest night of the year“, many scientific institutions, laboratories and libraries, which are usually closed to the public, opened their doors for visitors.

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Long-term memory: HU acquires DFG research project

How does our long-term memory work? – This is the question to be investigated intensively starting July 2018 by researchers of the Humboldt University (HU) together with colleagues from other major science institutions, including the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure.

Read more … Long-term memory: HU acquires DFG research project

McKinsey & Company has selected ECN PhD Fellow for “Next Generation Woman Leaders”

Congratulations to our PhD Fellow, Alexandra Tzilivaki for being one of the winners of the
McKinsey & Company “Next Generation Woman Leaders”.

Read more … McKinsey & Company has selected ECN PhD Fellow for “Next Generation Woman Leaders”

Leibniz Prize Recipient Michael Brecht Visits Outstanding Neuroscience Institutes in Brazil

At the end of April, neuroscientist Prof. Michael Brecht, a recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 2012, made his first trip to Brazil to present his research work to colleagues there. The DFG’s Latin America office organised two Leibniz Lectures to be delivered by Brecht in São Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro, along with an accompanying scientific programme. On the agenda were visits to renowned neuroscience research institutions at the University of São Paulo (USP), the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and the Instituto D’Or (IDOR) in Rio de Janeiro.

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ECN Selection Symposium 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined the Selection Symposium of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin (ECN) on April 12th/13th, 2018. We are very glad to have carefully chosen our new 15 Einstein PhD fellows!

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Keeping the excitement under control

James Poulet's lab at the MDC uses advanced techniques to monitor the activity of networks of single sensory neurons in the brain. By listening in on hundreds of conversations, the scientists have discovered how a single signal from one cell manages to attract attention.

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Two MDC scientists receive ERC grants worth several million euros

Basic researchers Gary Lewin and Norbert Hübner are investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying neurological and heart diseases. Their focus is on understanding the anchoring of ion channels and micropeptides in heart muscle cells.

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ECN at the Brain Awareness Week 2018

This year Brain Awareness Week Berlin took place from March 12-17. The event was jointly organized by the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin, the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin, the Center for Stroke Research Berlin and the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure.

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Join us on 12-17 March for the Brain Awareness Week 2018

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global campaign that informs about the progress and benefits of brain research. Every year in March, brain researchers present their work to the public and answer questions about the brain and about their research.

Read more … Join us on 12-17 March for the Brain Awareness Week 2018

New insights on the neurobiology of dying

A new Annals of Neurology study provides insight into the neurobiology of dying. For the study, investigators performed continuous patient monitoring following Do Not Resuscitate -- Comfort Care orders in patients with devastating brain injury to investigate the mechanisms and timing of events in the brain and the circulation during the dying process.

 

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Letter of Intent for Universities of Excellence funding line submitted along with nine full-scale applications for research clusters within the German government’s new competition

Joint press release of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin are entering the Excellence Strategy competition together. On February 21, 2018, the three universities submitted their letter of intent to the German Council of Science and Humanities in Cologne. Taking note of the unique academic environment and great variety of disciplines in Berlin, they emphasize the vibrant and diverse culture of cooperation. In the Clusters of Excellence funding line, researchers from the named institutions submitted a total of nine full proposals, as invited by the German Council of Science and Humanities and the German Research Foundation (DFG) in September 2017.
 

Read more … Letter of Intent for Universities of Excellence funding line submitted along with nine full-scale applications for research clusters within the German government’s new competition

The Virtual Brain – individual patient data allow researchers to study brain function using detailed simulations

Using patient measurement data, researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health have succeeded in further refining the brain modeling platform ‘The Virtual Brain’. The software, which has been downloaded almost 11,000 times to date, has been used in projects and publications across the globe. The latest findings have been published in eLife*.

Read more … The Virtual Brain – individual patient data allow researchers to study brain function using detailed simulations

End of the application phase for ECN PhD Fellowships 2018

The call for applications for the second cohort of the ECN PhD Fellowship Program ended on January 14th, 2018. Thank you for submitting your work! We look forward to reading your application and will get back to you by the end of February.  

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Volker Haucke and Dietmar Schmitz elected new Members of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)*

Die Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften hat im Rahmen ihrer Gremiensitzungen zum Einsteintag 2017 folgende Wissenschaftler als Ordentliche Mitglieder neu in die Akademie gewählt:

Read more … Volker Haucke and Dietmar Schmitz elected new Members of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)*

Alliance for Innovative Research and Teaching

The great challenges of our time cannot be resolved by one institution. Whether it is climate change, the threat of terrorism, or the opportunities and risks arising through digitization – the solution of complex, global problems and the search for answers to pressing social issues require the expertise of many specialists from different disciplines.

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Bridging the gap in communication: researchers discover mechanism that allows rapid signal transmission between nerve cells

Researchers at Charité’s NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence have successfully identified the mechanism behind rapid signal transmission. Their work, which has been published in the current issue of Nature Neuroscience*, shows that bridging by a specific protein is responsible for this high speed of transmission. 

 

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LOIS – Lab for Open Innovation in Science at the Einstein Center for Neurosciences (ECN)

The first Open Innovation in Science Training-program with ECN PhD-Students

A successful two-day workshop took place in Berlin in November 2017. Approximately 15 ECN Students took the possibility to join the workshop and learn more about “Open Innovation”. The speakers Dr. Karin Beukel, Dr. Marion Poetz and guest speaker Dr. Lucia Malfent led through the program.

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ECN at SfN's 47th annual meeting

The 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 2017 was held November 11-15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. More than 30,300 attendees convened in the U.S. capital city for the world’s largest marketplace of ideas and tools for global neuroscience.

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ECN supports Soapbox Science Autumn 2017 Berlin

Soapbox Science is staging its second event in Berlin (12-2 pm, 7.11.17, Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz, free event), this time as part of Berlin Science Week 2017.

Read more … ECN supports Soapbox Science Autumn 2017 Berlin

Andrea Kühn receives the Dingebauer Prize

Prof. Dr. Andrea Kühn was awarded the Dingebauer Prize of the German Society of Neurology on September 21, 2017 for her research on Parkinson’s disease. Her work has made a significant contribution to advances in deep brain stimulation. Through the characterization of pathological network activity and the possibility of influencing it, she has laid the foundation for significantly improving deep brain stimulation in the future. 

Read more … Andrea Kühn receives the Dingebauer Prize

Berlin Neurosciensce Meeting 2017

Together with our partner institutions, we would like to celebrate the first anniversary of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences (ECN) Berlin. In addition, the first cohort of the ECN PhD fellows will have arrived in Berlin and will start their lab-rotations the week after.

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E. Moser wird Einstein BIH Visiting Fellow: Dritter Nobelpreisträger von Stiftung Charité gefördert

Professor Dr. Edvard Moser, Neurowissenschaftler von der Technisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Universität Norwegens wird ab Januar 2018 als Einstein BIH Visiting Fellow ein neues Labor am Berliner Institut für Gesundheitsforschung (BIH) aufbauen. Das von der Stiftung Charité in den nächsten drei Jahren mit knapp einer halben Millionen Euro finanzierte Labor wird bei Einstein-Professor Dr. Dietmar Schmitz angesiedelt, der das Neurowissenschaftliche Forschungszentrum (NWFZ) der Charité leitet und Sprecher des Einstein-Zentrums für Neurowissenschaften sowie des Berliner Exzellenzclusters „NeuroCure“ ist.

Read more … E. Moser wird Einstein BIH Visiting Fellow: Dritter Nobelpreisträger von Stiftung Charité gefördert

Neuroendocrine reflex triggers infections

Working with colleagues from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Harvard Medical School and Ohio State University, researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have shown that the increased incidence of infections seen in spinal cord injury patients is directly linked to a disruption of the normal central nervous system. 

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Gelungene Veranstaltung im Rahmen des internationalen Literaturfestivals 2017

Gut besucht und reichlich nachgefragt wurde bei den drei Literaturfestival-Veranstaltungen, die das ECN, NeuroCure und das CSB mitorganisiert haben.

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Berliner Neurowissenschaften machen Literatur

Anlässlich des diesjährigen internationalen literaturfestivals berlin betrachten Wissenschaftler des Exzellenzclusters NeuroCure der Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, des Einstein-Zentrums für Neurowissenschaften und des Centrum für Schlaganfallforschung die Funktionsweisen des Gehirns auf literarische Weise. 

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Dietmar Schmitz is new member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

In recognition of his scientific achievements, Professor Dietmar Schmitz has been elected as a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, one of the most prestigious scientific awards given by a German institution.

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The effects of increased inflammatory markers during pregnancy

Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in collaboration with colleagues from the University of California Irvine, Oregon Health and Science University and the University of North Carolina in the USA have shown that increased levels of inflammatory markers during pregnancy can lead to changes in fetal brain development which, in turn, may increase the child's risk of developing psychiatric disorders. The incidence of impaired impulse control – the cardinal symptom of these disorders – appears to be particularly affected by this increase in maternal inflammation. Results from this study have been published in the journal Biological Psychiatry*.

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International Literature Festival Berlin

The 17th annual International Literature Festival Berlin will take place from September 6 - 16th, 2017. Approximately 200 authors present their work at the festival every year.

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New Head of the Department of Pediatrics with the main focus on neurology

Prof. Dr. Angela M. Kaindl is new Head of the Department of Pediatrics with the main focus on neurology.

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ECN booth at the Long Night of Science 2017

On 24th June 2017 the Long Night of Science took place for the 8th time in Berlin. From 5 to 12 pm the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin organized together with NeuroCure and the Center for Stroke Research Berlin a brain-teaser and a painting activity for kids at our booth.

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Long Night of the Sciences

The Night of the Sciences is an annual event in Berlin and Potsdam and will be held on June 24, 2017. Over 70 scientific institutions give an insight into their work.

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ECN supports Soapbox Science 2017 Berlin

On Sunday 4th June 2017 between 2 and 5 pm, Berlin will host its very first soapbox science event in Tempelhofer feld. Female scientists will step on their soapboxes and tell you about the fascinating work they do, so come join us and add a little extra excitement to your Sunday stroll!

Read more … ECN supports Soapbox Science 2017 Berlin

Congratulations to our new 15 Einstein PhD Fellows!

After our Selection Symposium held on 3-6 April 2017 we are happy to be looking back on three fantastic days with very good student research talks and lively discussions.

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Volker Haucke receives the Avanti Award in Lipids

Volker Haucke has received the Avanti Award in Lipids from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) for his research on the roll of membrane lipid homoeostasis during cell transport. "Haucke's findings are of central importance for cell physiology and pathophysiology," according to Britta Brügger and Thomas Söllner from the Biochemistry Centre at the University of Heidelberg, who nominated Haucke for the award.

Read more … Volker Haucke receives the Avanti Award in Lipids

Breakthrough: Charité-based researchers discover new mechanism of action

Researchers from CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin have discovered a new way of developing painkillers. The team of researchers used computational simulation to analyze interactions at opioid receptors – the cell's docking sites for painkillers. When used in an animal model, their prototype of a morphine-like molecule was able to produce substantial pain relief in inflamed tissues. However, healthy tissues remained unaffected, suggesting that the severe side effects currently associated with these types of painkillers might be avoided. This research has been published in the current issue of the journal Science*.

Read more … Breakthrough: Charité-based researchers discover new mechanism of action

How naked mole-rats defy lack of oxygen

As most naked mole-rats scurry off to work, some continue to lie on their backs for a while in the sleeping chamber. It’s not laziness that keeps these animals from fulfilling their duties in the eusocial community structure of the mole-rats – it’s ventilation. 100 naked mole-rats may sleep together in a mound, and last night they were stuck in the middle. „The air can get very stuffy in these underground burrows,” says Professor Gary Lewin, a researcher at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC). Oxygen levels can drop to conditions that would be life-threatening for other species.

 

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Photos & Videos from ECN Symposium are now online

Missed our Symposium 2016? Or, want to remind yourself of what was discussed?
The ECN Opening Symposium held at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin has been successfully recorded.

Watch the videos, here on our youtube channel.

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Opening Symposium of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences

The official opening took place on December 8-10, 2016 with a festive grand opening symposium. We are happy to be looking back on three marvelous days filled with amazing new insights, impulses and lively discussions.

The kick-off meeting was held in Berlin at the Veterinary Anatomy Theatre with an introduction to the Berlin history of Neurosciences, the symposium continued on Friday with talks from our distinguished speakers.

 

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Thank you to everyone who joined the Opening Symposium of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin!

After our Opening Symposium held on 8-10 December 2016 we are happy to be looking back on three marvelous days filled with amazing new insights, impulses and lively discussions.

Over 300 participants helped to make our event a huge success. We had fantastic talks, and a great party thanks to our speakers and guests!

Please check back over the next week for photographs and updates. 

If you missed this symposium, we will provide you with the talks (online) as soon as possible.

 

Read more … Thank you to everyone who joined the Opening Symposium of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin!

ECN at SfN's 46th annual meeting

The Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin (ECN) is pleased to announce their involvement in SfN's (Society for Neuroscience) 46th annual meeting.

The meeting 2016 will take place November 12-16 at the San Diego Convention Center.

This meeting is the premier venue for neuroscientists to present emerging science, learn from experts, collaborate with peers, explore new tools and technologies, and advance careers.

We hope you will join us for this great networking opportunity. Meet more than 30,000 colleagues from more than 80 countries at the world’s largest marketplace of ideas and tools for global neuroscience.

https://www.sfn.org/annual-meeting/neuroscience-2016/

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"Brains in vivo and in silico: from Synapses and Circuits to Brain-Inspired Technologies"

The German Neuroscience Society announces travel stipends for young researchers for the participation in the symposium "Brains in vivo and in silico: from Synapses and Circuits to Brain-Inspired Technologies" to be held in Jerusalem, Israel on November 28 – 30, 2016. The symposium is jointly organized by the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Young qualified researchers will have the opportunity to present their own work to German and Israel key neuroscientists in poster sessions and to discuss the most recent developments with them. Besides lectures and discussions the scientific program also includes lab visits. The conference language is English, subsequently the posters must be prepared and presented in English.

The stipend awardees will be selected by a committee of the German Neuroscience Society.

The stipend amounts to 350 Euro and can be used for travel expenses (based on receipts). In addition it includes waived registration fee, free participation in the social events and accommodation (hotel rooms will be booked by the organizers).

 

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ECN at the Naturejobs Expo 2016

The Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin (ECN) is pleased to announce their involvement in the 2016 Naturejobs Career Expo.
The Expo will take place on Friday 16th September at the Business Design Centre, London. This event is the perfect opportunity for you to obtain more information about the ECN. Stop by at our booth we would love to talk to you about our PhD Program.
At the Naturejobs Expo 2016 in London you can meet a diverse selection of national and international employers from academic institutions and scientific industries with live job vacancies and training programs.

 

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ECN at FENS 2016 in Copenhagen

The Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin was represented at FENS for the first time with a booth at the 10th FENS Forum in Copenhagen, July 2-6, 2016. The booth was a tremendous success, and for three days we were very busy presenting our Center and the upcoming new training program. It was exciting to see how much interest the ECN generated among FENS participants. We had many great conversations with students, scientists and exhibitors alike.
The conference drew over 5800 participants from more than 76 countries around the world.

The FENS Forum 2016 facilitates and promotes the exchange of knowledge and neuroscience research.

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