It was supposed to be a summer event in Glasgow, Scotland. The former industrial city and the United Kingdom’s third largest city was meant to be the destination for countless neuroscientists from Europe and other parts of the world. However, the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. The organisers of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) decided early on to convert the conference of European neuroscience societies into a virtual event. Instead of meeting at a conference venue, participants came together on an animated virtual conference platform with elaborately designed graphics.
Interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University Medical Center Göttingen and the University of Freiburg generate for the first time light-controlled behaviour in deaf rodents using optical cochlear implants based on light-emitting diodes. Published in Science Translational Medicine. Translational Medicine.
This year, the MidsummerBrains lecture series of the SMARTSTART program is offered as a webinar series. Since it was shifted into virtual space, many young scientists take the opportunity to participate from different international locations. Until mid-July there will be two more exciting lectures on 'computational neuroscience from my point of view'.
A milestone in hearing research: Researchers at the University Medical Center Göttingen and the University of Freiburg combine for the first time gene therapy in the cochlea with optical cochlear implants to optogenetically activate the auditory pathway in gerbils. Published in EMBO Molecular Medicine.
The Bernstein Center Berlin has been successfully evaluated by Charité, TU Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. This entails the extension of the cooperation agreement between the three institutions reconfirming the institutionalisation of the BCCN Berlin.
Professor Susanne Schreiber, Chairwoman of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience and Professor of Theoretical Neurophysiology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, has been newly appointed to the German Ethics Council.
Germany is looking for a way out of the Covid-19 epidemic. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association, and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft have jointly published a statement outlining various paths through the corona epidemic based on model calculations. Viola Priesemann, who heads a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, is co-author of this position paper.