How does our brain work? Several international institutions in Frankfurt are trying to find answers to this question: The Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience at Goethe University Frankfurt, the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, the Ernst Strüngmann Institute have been researching – in some cases for decades – about the brain, while the non-profit Hertie Foundation has been funding neuroscience research since the early 1970s.
In addition to these institutions, the history of the city of Frankfurt also has much to offer: important personalities, events and research results related to neuroscientific topics. Some of these go back to the 19th century and thus spring from the cradle of modern brain research, so to say.
To show how much brain Frankfurt has, the neuroscientific institutions of the Main metropolis have joined forces and present the website “Frankfurt hat Hirn” on the occasion of the international Brain Awareness Week 2021.
The German Research Foundation (DFG) approves third funding period for the Collaborative Research Centre 1080 Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms in Neural Homeostasis.
The CRC 1080, which started in 2013, has been extended by four years for the second time, so that the funding will continue through to 2024. Goethe University is the coordinator with Prof. Amparo Acker-Palmer as spokesperson. The DFG is providing € 2 million per year for four years of research. In the CRC 1080, scientists from various disciplines investigate how the brain and nervous system maintain stability as a complex system while also remaining accessible and flexible.
Prof. Dr. Jochen Triesch (ICNF’s executive committee member, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt) is coordinator of the new Priority Programme (PP) Computational Connectomics. The young field of connectomics enables the production and study of detailed maps of connections within an organism’s nervous system at unprecedented scale and precision.
How do neurons and blood vessels “talk” to each other? Neurobiologist Amparo Acker-Palmer receives an ERC Advanced Grant of 2.5 Mio Euros for 5 years.
Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society, Frankfurt and Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, for his investigations on the structure of neuronal connections
Ilka Diester, Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society, Frankfurt, receives Bernstein Award 2012, one of the world’s best endowed junior research awards.