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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.

Göttingen July 22, 2020

On the way to the optical cochlear implant

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.

Bonn July 22, 2020

First virtual joint Research in Germany appearance at the FENS Virtual Forum

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.

Freiburg/ online July 13, 2020

MidsummerBrains Webinar Series reaches international audience

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'.

Göttingen July 3, 2020

Lighting array in the ear: First use of multi-channel cochlear implants with microscale light-emitting diodes

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.

Berlin June 17, 2020

Bernstein Center Berlin on its way to becoming a permanent institution

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.

Bochum June 15, 2020

Algorithm estimates age and ethnic origin

An algorithm developed by neuroinformatics engineers in Bochum estimates age and ethnic origin as exactly as humans do. The researchers are not yet sure which features it interprets.

Freiburg/Berlin May 13, 2020

Chairwoman of the Bernstein Network appointed to the German Ethics Council

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.

Bochum May 12, 2020

Why visual perception is a decision process

Visual illusion uncovers processing strategies of the brain.

Göttingen May 6, 2020

Controlling your home by the power of thought

Neuroscientists at the German Primate Center developed a new experimental environment to study action plans during walking

Göttingen May 1, 2020

“We could reach well below 1000 new infections/ d by end of May”

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.

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