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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 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.

Frankfurt a.M. December 20, 2021

Dendritic constancy – equality in the brain

Researchers discover principle of dendritic constancy

Freiburg December 16, 2021

Insights into hippocampal network function

A new study proposes a full-scale model of the entorhinal cortex–dentate gyrus–CA3 network, providing a conceptual overview of the computational properties of this brain network, to show that it is an efficient pattern separator.

Göttingen December 10, 2021

Learning and protecting itself: how the brain adapts

Göttingen researchers investigate the effect of certain enzymes in the healthy and diseased brain

Bad Homburg v.d. Höhe December 8, 2021

Doctoral thesis program in medical research for researchers in natural sciences

Improving medical research requires researchers in the natural sciences - so-called Medical Scientists - to work on patient-oriented issues, too. However, career prospects are rarely clearly defined and there is a lack of systematic advanced training programs. This is where the new funding line of the EKF Foundation steps in. After announcing the two Else Kröner Medical Scientist funding lines for postdocs in September, a new program for younger scientists is following suit in Tübingen.

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