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Peter Scheiffele new member of the National Research Council
Prof. Peter Scheiffele at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel is a newly elected member of the National Research Council in the field of cellular and molecular neurobiology at the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Scheiffele will take up his new office on October 1, 2019. More

Cloëtta Award 2019 goes to Botond Roska
The Prof. Dr. Max Cloëtta Foundation is awarding its well-known prize for med-ical research for the 46th time.
This year, the awards go to a neuroscientist and a rheumatologist. Prof. Dr. Botond Roska, Professor at the University of Basel and Di-rector of the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB), and Prof. Dr. Oliver Distler, Professor at the University of Zurich and Director of the Rheumatology Clinic at the University Hospital Zurich (USZ), will be honoured for their outstanding research work. More

Unique fingerprint: What makes nerve cells unmistakable?
Protein variations that result from the process of alternative splicing control the identity and function of nerve cells in the brain. This allows organisms to build a highly complex neuronal network with only a limited number of genes. The study describing a detailed map of neuronal splicing conducted by Prof. Peter Scheiffele's team at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has now been published in "Nature Neuroscience". More

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


Neuroscience Seminar More

13.02.2020, 11:30 - 13:00
Valery Grinevich, University of Heidelberg, ZI Mannheim, Germany
Title: tba
Host: P. Scheiffele, Biozentrum

20.02.2020, 11:30 - 13:00
Nao Uchida, Harvard University Cambridge, USA
Title: tba
Host: Student’s seminar


Bench to Bedside Symposium 2020
The annual „Bench to Bedside Symposium“ takes place on Friday, 7th February 2020, 9.00h - 17.30h in the Pharmazentrum , Hörsaal 1, Klingelbergstrasse 50/70, 4056 Basel. More

The 2nd Swiss Early-career Researchers Symposium (ERS), “Encoding reward and punishment: From single cells to behavior”, is scheduled on Friday, 21st February 2020 in Bern. More


WOCHE DES GEHIRNS 2020, Montag 16. März bis Freitag 20. 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



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Past events and publications

Woche des Gehirns 2019, 18. - 22.03.2019


Bench to Bedside Symposium, 15.02.2019


Woche des Gehirns 2018, 12. - 16.03.2018


27.1. 2017, SSN annual meeting 2017


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


5. 2. 2016, Bench to Bedside Symposium 2016


Neuroscience PhD Opportunities

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