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How neuromuscular connections are maintained after nerve lesions
After nerve injury, the protein complex mTORC1 takes over an important function in skeletal muscle to maintain the neuromuscular junction, the synapse between the nerve and muscle fiber. The team led by Prof. Markus Rüegg at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel has now shown that the activation of mTORC1 must be tightly balanced for a proper response of the muscle to nerve injury. The study published in «Nature Communications» opens new insights into muscle weakness related to neuromuscular diseases or caused by ageing. More

Reaching and Grasping – Learning fine motor coordination changes the brain
When we train the reaching for and grasping of objects, we also train our brain. In other words, this action brings about changes in the connections of a certain neuronal population in the red nucleus, a region of the midbrain. Prof. Kelly Tan's research team at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has discovered this group of nerve cells in the red nucleus. They have also shown how fine motor tasks promote plastic reorganization of this brain region. The results of the study have been published recently in "Nature Communications". More

Silvia Arber receives the International Prize of the Fyssen Foundation
Prof. Silvia Arber, neurobiologist at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) and new co-director of the FMI, has been awarded the International Prize 2018 of the Fyssen Foundation. Arber has received this recognition for her investigations on the development and function of neuronal circuits involved in motor control. More

NNB Member Botond Roska awarded Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine
Botond Roska, who has a research group at the FMI and is co-director of the Institute of Ophthalmology Basel (IOB), is awarded the 2019 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine, as announced yesterday. As one of the best-endowed awards in Europe, the Prize fosters scientific excellence and supports fundamental biological research that is of considerable significance for medicine. Roska is recognized for the discovery of basic principles of visual information processing and the development of therapeutic strategies, such as gene therapy, to restore vision in retinal disorders. More

W. Alden Spencer Award goes to the NNB Members Silvia Arber and Botond Roska.
August 29th, 2018. Silvia Arber and Botond Roska have been selected as co-recipients of the 2018 W. Alden Spencer Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to understanding developmental and functional mechanisms of motor and visual system circuitry respectively. More

Movement control: how our brain responds to unexpected situations
August 23rd, 2018. NNB Member from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) have demonstrated that the motor cortex is necessary for the execution of corrective movements in response to unexpected changes of sensory input but not when the same movements are executed spontaneously. Signatures of differential neuronal usage in the cortex accompany these two phenomena. The study has recently been published in “Neuron”. More


Neuroscience Seminar More

10.10.2019, 11:30 - 13:00
Denis Jabaudon, Department of Basic Neurosciences, University of Geneva
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17.10.2019, 11:30 - 13:00
Eugenia Chiappe, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal
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WOCHE DES GEHIRN 2020, Montag 16. März bis Freitag 22. März 2020



18. - 22. März 2019


Die Woche des Gehirns wird weltweit jährlich im März durchgeführt, in Europa bereits zum 22. Mal.

Wo sind die Wörter und Zahlen im Gehirn, wie und wieso entscheiden, handeln und bewegen wir uns, was bewirkt Stress und wie können wir uns dagegen wehren– das sind einige Themen der diesjährigen internationalen «Woche des Gehirns», die in Basel vom 18. bis 22. März stattfindet. An öffentlichen Veranstaltungen möchten Forschende dem Publikum die Vielschichtigkeit der Gehirnfunktionen näherbringen, das Verständnis für aktuelle Forschungsfragen fördern und ihre Faszination für das Gehirn weitergeben. Mehr



Friday, 15th February 2019, 9.00h - 17.30h

The Bench-to-Bedside Symposium is the main event of the Neuroscience Network Basel (NNB) and takes place annually during the winter break. The one-day symposium is organized by members of the NNB and is a platform for neuroscientists from a wide range of institutional backgrounds to discuss and exchange ideas on selected current research topics. Researchers from basic research (“bench”) as well as from (bio)-medical research (“bedside”) present their recent findings, and discuss their findings following their talk as well as during the breaks. The symposium is an important platform for students not only to meet group leaders but most of all, to learn to connect and understand research findings of different areas of neurosciences. More



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Past events and publications

Woche des Gehirns 2019, 16. - 22.03.2018


Bench to Bedside Symposium, 02.02.2018


Woche des Gehirns 2017, 12. - 19.03.2017


27.1. 2017, SSN annual meeting 2017


13. - 20. 3. 2016, Woche des Gehirns


5. 2. 2016, Bench to Bedside Symposium 2016


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