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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*.
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.
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!
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.
Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin 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*.
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.