November 2019

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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