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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.

Freiburg February 22, 2022

Better understanding communication between neurons in the brain

Researchers at the University of Freiburg develop a new method for controlled interrogation and recording of neuronal activity

Frankfurt a.M. February 21, 2022

Coherence turned upside down

When Marius Schneider starts his PhD at the Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience, he would not dare to dream that the results of his first project would be published shortly afterwards in one of the leading journals in his field - and turn an established theory upside down ...

Göttingen February 21, 2022

It´s the rhythm that counts

How rhythmic brain activities shape our perception

Focusing on what's important - this is one of the main tasks of our brain. After all, countless amounts of information are constantly flooding our senses. But how do we manage to separate the important from the unimportant? It has long been known that oscillatory neural activity is a key factor for this attentional selection in the mammalian brain. Scientists from the German Primate Center in Göttingen and the University of Melbourne have now investigated how this works. They found that coupling lower frequencies of oscillations with higher ones allows fine-tuning the brain and is thus the basis for higher cognitive functions, such as selective attention (Trends in Neurosciences).

Freiburg February 10, 2022

Hebb’s Rule Revisited

The postulate “fire together, wire together” suggests a general mechanism of synaptic plasticity, which is thought to underly network wiring and cell assembly formation. In a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology, three researchers at the Bernstein Center Freiburg shed new light on this process, which is fundamental for robust brain function.

Munich January 24, 2022

Breathing: the master clock of the sleeping brain

LMU neuroscientists have shown that breathing coordinates neuronal activity throughout the brain while sleeping and resting.

Freiburg January 14, 2022

Suspect arrested, investigation moves to next round

It is probably one of the most extensive investigative files in the history of science. The case has been unsolved for centuries. The reporting, at first heavily influenced by speculation and philosophical deliberations, has had tangible and convincing successes to report in recent decades. The investigators' methods are improving, and the circle of suspects is shrinking. The noose is tightening. A new episode in this whodunit has just been released.

Freiburg January 13, 2022

Bernstein SmartSteps 2021 finishes with triple win

No less than three young female scientists receive the Bernstein SmartSteps Award 2021 for the excellent presentation of their research results in the novel online seminar series of the Bernstein Network. Gily Ginosar (Weizman Institute, Israel), Miriam Henning (University of Mainz) and Helene Schreyer (University Medical Center Göttingen) were ranked first by the independent jury with equal points.

Göttingen January 11, 2022

Göttingen computational neuroscientist receives ERC Starting Grant of 1.5 million euros

The computational neuroscientists Professor Alexander Ecker from the University of Göttingen and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) has received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC will fund his project "Deep Neuron Embeddings: Data-driven multi-modal discovery of cell types in the neocortex" for five years with a total of 1.5 million euros. Ecker and his team want to find out how the shape of a neuron in the cerebral cortex relates to its function.

Freiburg/ Berlin January 3, 2022

The Ingredients of Decision Making

The new "Decision Circuits Lab" under the direction of Torben Ott at the Bernstein Center Berlin explores fundamental questions about how the brain implements decisions - using experiments, theory and esprit.

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Frankfurt a.M. December 20, 2021

Dendritic constancy – equality in the brain

Researchers discover principle of dendritic constancy

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