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Augmented reality helps tackle fear of spiders
Researchers from the University of Basel have developed an augmented reality app for smartphones in order to help people reduce their fear of spiders. The app has already shown itself to be effective in a clinical trial, with subjects experiencing less fear of real spiders after completing just a few training units with the app at home. More

Pico Caroni awarded 2021 Science Prize of the city of Basel
The governing council of Basel awarded this year's Science Prize of the city of Basel to Professor Pico Caroni. The neurobiologist, who is a group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute and professor of neurobiology at the University of Basel, is being honored for his life's work in basic neuroscience research - memory research in particular - and for establishing Basel as a main center for research in the field of neuronal circuits. More

ERC Advanced Grant for Silvia Arber
This year’s recipients of the prestigious Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) have been announced today. The neurobiologist Prof. Silvia Arber, research group leader at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the Friedrich Miescher Institute, is among the awardees. Her funded project aims at understanding how brainstem neurons interact in the motor system to control generation and learning of body movements. More

"Brain state" behind social interaction uncovered
The brain’s emotion-processing center — the amygdala — is one of several brain regions involved in social behavior. But the exact role that this almond-shaped structure plays in the so-called ‘social brain’ remains mysterious. Now, the Lüthi group has found that the activity of different populations of neurons in the amygdala reflects whether mice interact with their peers, or whether they focus on self-centered behaviors such as grooming. The findings could help to understand how the activity pattern of groups of neurons sets an overall ‘brain state’, and how that influences behavior — including social interaction and other behaviors that are impaired in neuropsychiatric conditions such as autism and social anxiety. More

Aging muscles – uncovering the causes of sarcopenia
Age-related muscle loss has a huge impact on autonomy and life quality of the elderly. Animal models help us to better understand the ageing process and discover new treatments. The extrapolation of these findings to humans, however, has its limitations. For this reason, researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel investigated the suitability of established rodent models for studying muscle aging in humans. Along with identifying similar mechanisms, they also uncovered new therapeutic targets. More

Regular caffeine consumption affects brain structure
Coffee, cola or an energy drink: caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive substance. Researchers from the University of Basel have now shown in a study that regular caffeine intake can change the gray matter of the brain. However, the effect appears to be temporary. More


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BERNSTEIN SEMINAR - Tue, October 19, 2021, 5:15 PM
Speaker Christian Leibold Title "Computing with sequences" Further information and zoom on https://www.bcf.uni-freiburg.de/events/bernstein-seminar/2021/20211019_Leibold 

FREIBURG NEUROSCIENCE & NEUROTECHNOLOGY LECTURE SERIES - Wed, October 20, 12:15 PM Speaker Hernán Lopez-Schier Title "From Underwater Mechanosensation to Preventing Neurodegeneration" Further information and zoom on www.neuro.uni-freiburg.de/events 

Neurosciences Seminar on Thursday, 28th October 2021 at 11:30, the Neuroseminar seminar will be held by Prof. Dr. Scott Waddell (Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University of Oxford, UK) on “ Drosophila memory: the state of things to come? ”For more information on Prof. Waddell's research, please consult the webpage, http://www.cncb.ox.ac.uk/the-science/research-groups/waddell-group/
Host: Johannes Felsenberg, FMI, Johannes.Felsenberg@fmi.ch

2nd Basel Symposium on Sleep & Circadian Rhythm Disorders on Nov 18. 2021
Event details and information for registration in the following link: https://www.neurex.org/events/events-to-come/item/510-second-basel-symposium-on-sleep-and-circadian-rhythm-disorders 

SSN annual meeting 2021 postponed to 2022 due to COVID19
The next SSN meeting, organized by Universities Fribourg and Lugano, will take place on 28.1.2022 in Fribourg. The organizers and SSN council look forward very much to seeing you at this meeting! More

"Bench-to-Bedside" Symposium on Friday 4. February 2022

"Woche des Gehirns" 14. - 20. März 2022