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Bernstein Network News. Find the latest news from our researchers regarding current research results, new research projects and initiatives as well as awards and prizes.

Darstellung des medialen Kniehöckers im Gehirn von menschlichen Testpersonen /Visualization of the medial geniculate body (MGB) in the brain of human test persons
Dresden August 28, 2019

Can you hear what I say?

Neuroscientists at TU Dresden were able to prove that speech recognition in humans begins in the sensory pathways from the ear to the cerebral cortex and not, as previously assumed, exclusively in the cerebral cortex itself.


Reagenzgläser auf Pallette mit grüner Flüssigkeit/ Test tubes on pallet with green liquid
Berlin August 27, 2019

Machine learning moves into chemistry

BASF and Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) have signed an agreement to cooperate closely in the area of machine learning. The aim of the Berlin-based Joint Lab for Machine Learning (BASLEARN) is to develop workable new mathematical models and algorithms for fundamental questions relating to chemistry, for example from process or quantum chemistry. Both partners are jointly committed to this aim in the coming years. As an essential part of the cooperation, BASF will support the research work of Dr. Klaus Robert Müller, professor of machine learning and spokesperson for the Berlin Center for Machine Learning at TU Berlin, with a total of over €2.5 million over the coming five years.


Portrait Markus Diesmann
Mainz August 6, 2019

Markus Diesmann full member of the the Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz

The Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz has admitted six new members. The full members now include Markus Diesmann, neuroscientist, Elisabeth Rieken, linguist, and Judith Schalansky, author. New corresponding members are Lutz H. Gade, chemist, Wulfram Gerstner, neuroscientist, and Aleš Šteger, author.


Grafik Dynamik in neuronalen Netzwerken/ Graphic Dynamics in Neuronal Networks
Jülich July 16, 2019

Hidden Dynamics Detected in Neuronal Networks

Neuronal networks in the brain can process information particularly well when they are close to a critical point – or so brain researchers had assumed based on theoretical considerations. However, experimental investigations of brain activity revealed much fewer indicators of such critical states than expected. Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University have now proposed a possible explanation. They showed that neuronal networks can assume a second, previously unknown critical mode whose hidden dynamics are almost impossible to measure with conventional methods.


Graphische Darstellung einer transkraniellen Hirnstimulation/ Illustration of a transcranial brain stimulation
Freiburg June 28, 2019

Simulating the effect of transcranial brain stimulation

The long-lasting aftereffects of non-invasive transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) promise an alleviation of severe symptoms of diseases like depressive disorder or chronic pain. In a new modeling study, researchers from the Bernstein Center Freiburg suggest that the aftereffects observed in experiments may be a consequence of homeostatic network growth. Their model is based on the idea that the stimulation triggers a rearrangement of synaptic couplings among stimulated and unstimulated neurons, eventually leading to network remodeling and cell assembly formation.


Stadien der Embryonalentwicklung von Drosophila/ Stages of embryonic development of drosophila
Göttingen June 17, 2019

Research funding for the digital orientation of Life Sciences

Funding of "Deep Learning Methods for Association Studies of Transcriptomic and Systemic Dynamics in Morphogenetically Active Tissues"


Fingergelenke einer Hand beim Greifen eines Objektes/ Finger joints of a hand when gripping an object
Göttingen June 17, 2019

Recognizing pathological movement patterns – with the help of artificial intelligence

Göttingen research project "Deep Movement Diagnostics" receives around 1.2 million euros for the development of three-dimensional reconstructions of movement patterns


Portrait Tuan Pham
Freiburg June 5, 2019

Brains for Brains Award 2019 for Tuan Pham from Vietnam/ USA

Tuan Pham from the University of Chicago (USA) will be awarded this year's Brains for Brains Young Researchers Award of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience.


Symbolgrafik/ Symbolic graphic Machine Learning
Ås, Norway June 3, 2019

The scientific case for brain simulations

HBP scientists argue for brain simulators as “mathematical observatories” for neuroscience


Rekonstruktion des Innenohrs einer Mongolischen Wüstenrennmaus mit der Hörschnecke und Gleichgewichtsorganen/ Reconstruction of the inner ear of a Mongolian gerbil, including cochlear and vestibular system
Göttingen April 29, 2019

Hearing the light: how artificial hearing could become more natural

Researchers at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and the German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research (DPZ) are demonstrating improved frequency resolution of artificial hearing using optical stimulation of the inner ear.


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