2018

Apply Now: Neurosciences in Berlin – International PhD Fellowships

The Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin (ECN) invites applications for its PhD program / Fast-Track program. Students currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program and expecting to graduate before October 2019 are encouraged to apply.

Read more … Apply Now: Neurosciences in Berlin – International PhD Fellowships

Research project to protect traumatized children

Traumatic childhood experiences can have a strong impact on lifelong health. In the "Kids2Health" research project, scientists from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin are developing therapeutic approaches for children who have had stressful experiences at an early age.

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We want you: Einstein is hiring 2 student assistants

You always wanted to work for the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin?

This is your chance! We have two open positions for a student assistant position - one with us and one at NeuroCure. Take your opportunity to work with a great and dedicated team and apply now!

Read more … We want you: Einstein is hiring 2 student assistants

“Neurasmus: A European Master in Neuroscience: Advanced Courses and Research Training”

Have a look at this innovative Programme!

The international Master program, Neurasmus, has been recently labelled a "Success Story" for its "Good Practices" by the European Commission. In total 14 best projects out of 377 Erasmus Mundus projects have received this label.

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ECN at the SfN 2019

This year’s Society for Neuroscience Meeting was another great success. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit our booth Neuroscience in Germany.

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ERC Synergy Grant awarded to project exploring playful learning

Implementing a project entitled ‘BrainPlay’, an interdisciplinary team of researchers will explore the way in which play affects the human brain. Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of Geneva will study the effects of play on the learning processes inside the brain. The project has been awarded an ERC Synergy Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) amounting to €9.8 million Euros over a duration of six years. 

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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.

Read more … NeuroCure will receive further funding

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.

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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).

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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.

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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*.

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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)*