Memmesheimer Group

Our research addresses the microscopic, precise spiking dynamics in neural networks, the le­vel of mesoscopic col­lective dynamics as well as emer­gent large-scale phenomena such as control and lear­ning of behavior. The long-term aim is a theoretical understanding of the complex dynamics and the resulting computations of neural systems. For this goal, it is essential to […]

Gatto Group

The populations of neurons in the spinal cord are critical for generating innate and conscious behaviors that enable animals to explore the environment, search for food, escape predators, and adapt to difficult situations. We have developed, and will continue to develop, advanced genetic approaches to target specific populations of neurons in the spinal cord and […]

Sommerauer Group

My research group „Sleep and prodromal Parkinson’s disease“ focusses on sleep-wake alterations in established Parkinson’s disease and sleep disorders as a marker of prodromal Parkinson’s disease. Patients with isolated REM sleep behaviour disorder exhibit increased muscle activity during REM sleep and acting out of (typically violent) dream content. These patients are at high risk to […]

Fink Group

The Cognitive Neuroscience Section uses behavioral, pharmacological and neuromodulatory methods to elucidate pathomechanisms of neurological and neuropsychological deficits, with the aim to develop innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies/procedures. Using functional imaging (PET and MRI), electrophysiology (EEG, MEG), both systemic (neural networks) and molecular (neurotransmission) approaches utilizing mathematical models (such as dynamic causal modelling) are combined, […]

Faber Group

Ataxias are rare diseases with a prevalence of < 5 : 100,000. Clinical hallmarks are progressive loss of balance and coordination accompanied by slurred speech. Consequently, people affected by ataxia suffer substantial restrictions of mobility and communicative skills. The cause may be acquired, sporadic, or genetic. In our research we are focussing on Spinocerebellar ataxias […]

Büschges Group

The research group studies the neural underpinnings of locomotor behavior in animals, i.e. flying, swimming, or walking. Presently, we focus on the generation of terrestrial locomotion, i.e. walking, in insects. In the fruit fly and the stick insect we analyze (a) descending control of initiation and maintenance of walking, (d) role and processing of proprioceptive […]

Bradke Group

Wie wachsen Nervenzellen während ihrer frühen Entwicklungsphase? Und wie lassen sich diese Vorgänge reaktivieren, damit nach einer Rückenmarksverletzung beschädigte Nervenzellen regenerieren (nachwachsen) können? Mit diesen Fragen befassen sich Frank Bradke und sein Team. Dem Skelett der Zelle, auch „Zytoskelett“ genannt, gilt das besondere Interesse der Forscher. Sie konnten nachweisen, dass eine Manipulation des Zytoskeletts mit […]