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First ophthalmic gene therapy in Switzerland
We are proud to announce that the first ophthalmic gene therapy in Switzerland has been performed in the Eye Clinic of the University Hospital Basel. The gene therapy is available for patients with Leber congenital amaurosis and retinitis pigmentosa caused by mutations in the RPE65 gene – one out of 280 known disease genes that can cause retinal dystrophies. More

Multiple treatments to slow age-related muscle wasting
Everyone wants to stay fit and healthy as they grow old. But as we age, our body degrades, our muscles shrink and strength declines. Some older people suffer from excessive muscle loss, a condition known as sarcopenia. Researchers from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel show that a combination therapy could delay the onset of sarcopenia. This study has recently been published in “Nature Communications”. More

Brain Prize 2022 for Silvia Arber
Prof. Silvia Arber from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, and at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research receives the renowned Brain Prize 2022. With this award, the Lundbeck Foundation recognizes this year's three prizewinners for their pioneering research into the neuronal circuits that control movement. More

“We generate tiny brains in the Petri dish"
Professor Verdon Taylor from the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel studies the development of the brain from stem cells, including using animal-free methods. Here, he explains which research questions can be answered using this approach – and why animal experiments are still needed. More

ERC Starting Grant for neurobiologist Anissa Kempf
How does our brain control sleep? A five-year European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant is enabling Professor Anissa Kempf at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel to investigate the molecular basis of sleep. More

When the brain switches from hearing to listening
What happens in the brain when simply hearing becomes listening? To answer this question, researchers at the University of Basel have traced the neuronal fingerprint of the two types of sound processing in the mouse brain. More

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

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

Upcoming events


In-person Basel Seminar in Neuroscience on Thursday, 19th May 2022 at 11:30am at the Biozentrum U1.111
Speaker : Dr. Johannes Letzkus (University of Freiburg)
Title: “Top-down signaling for control of neocortical threat memory”
Host: Andreas Lüthi, FMI

EMBO Workshop
"Neural Stem cells: From basic understanding to translational applications " on 5-9 June 2022 in Kyllinin, Greece.
More information on https://meetings.embo.org/event/21-neural-stem-cells

The Brain Prize seminar series 2022/2023: Circuits for Movement.
Brain Prize Winners Webinar on June 9th 2022:

S. Arber (Biozentrum & FMI), Ole Kiehn (University of Copenhagen and Karolinska Institute) and Martyn Goulding (Salk Institute).
Flyer download
Please find the complete "Circuits for Movement" program attached as well as the registration address.
Free and Online: https://lundbeckfonden.com/en/events/1-circuits-movement-the-brain-prize-winners-webinar or https://www.crowdcast.io/e/circuits-for-movement/register