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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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".
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joint press release of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin 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.
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*.
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.