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Brain Dynamics Pilot Projects

Funding opportunities for small collaborative projects. Deadline for submissions is 15th October 2023.

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Brain Dynamics Seminar Series

          -- summer break --




  • 28.09.2023 09:00 - 17:00 2nd Brain Dynamics Scientific Day will be held in the Centre for Biotechnology and Biomedicine (BBZ);
  • 14.09.2023 15:30 Mind Meeting - Prof. Anna Schapiro from the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA, will speak about “Learning representations of specifics and generalities over time".
  • 23.08.2023 15:00 Guest lecture organized by the Institute of Biology - Prof. Dr. André Fiala from the Schwann-Schleiden Research Center at the University of Göttingen will give a talk titled „Neuronal circuits mediating higher-order associative learning: Drosophila as a model system".
  • 12.07.2023 17:00 Clinical and neuroscientific colloquium (Klinisch-Neurowissenschaftliches Kolloquium) - Prof. Dr. Christian Nolte​ from the Department of Neurology & Center for Stroke Research, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin will give a talk titled „Herz-Hirn-Interaktionen: Die TRELAS-, HEBRAS-, PRAISE-Studien“;
  • 11.07.2023 15:15 Guest lecture organized by the MPI CBS - Prof. Christian Langkammer from the Neuroimaging Research Unit at the Medical University of Graz, Austria will talk about "Post-mortem MRI for the validation of quantitative MRI parameters";
  • 11.07.2023 11:30 Guest lectures organized by the Pain Perception group at the MPI CBS - Dr. Daniel Papp from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada will talk about "B1+ shimming for the cervical spinal cord at 7T (and B0 shimming at 3T)", followed by Dr. Robert Barry from the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA USA, who will talk about "Realizing sub-second and sub-millimeter spinal cord fMRI at 7 Tesla";
  • 07.07.2023 12:00 Brain Dynamics Seminar Series - Prof. Dr. Swen Hesse from the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University Hospital Leipzig will give a talk titled "Neuroreceptors at work: in vivo molecular imaging of neutrotransmission in humans with SPECT and PET";
  • 07.07.2023 10:00 Guest lectures organized by the Rudolf Schönheimer Institute of Biochemistry - Dr. Chinmoy Patra from the Department of Developmental Biology at the Agharkar Research Institute in Pune, India, will give a talk titled "Ccn2 a profibrotic to proregenerative molecule: A change in perception", followed by Prof. Xianhua Piao from the Newborn Brain Research Institute at the University of California in San Francisco, USA, who will talk about "Microglial GPR56 signaling and function in Alzheimer's disease";
  • 05.07.2023 16:30 Guest lecture organized by the Department of Nuclear Medicine & the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy - Prof. Dr. Guido Frank from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California in San Diego, CA, USA, will give a talk titled "Why Does My Child Not Eat? The Complex Relationships Between Behavior and Neurobiology in Eating Disorders​"

Latest publications by our doctoral students:

  • Wender M, Bornschein G, Brachtendorf S, Hallermann S, Eilers J, Schmidt H.
    Cav2.2 channels sustain vesicle recruitment at a mature glutamatergic synapse.
    J Neurosci. 2023 Apr; JN-RM-1279-22.

  • Kong L, Hassinan CW, Gerstner F, Buettner JM, Petigrow JB, Valdivia DO, Chan-Cortés MH, Mistri A, Cao A, McGaugh SA, Denton M, Brown S, Ross J, Schwab MH, Simon CM, Sumner CJ.
    Boosting neuregulin 1 type-III expression hastens SMA motor axon maturation.
    Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2023 Mar; 11(1): 53.

  • Anglada-Tort M, Harrison PMC, Lee H, Jacoby N.
    Large-scale iterated singing experiments reveal oral transmission mechanisms underlying music evolution.
    Curr Biol. 2023 Mar; S0960-9822(23)00243-9.

  • Scholz N, Dahse AK, Kemkemer M, Bormann A, Auger GM, Vieira Contreras F, Ernst LF, Staake H, Körner MB, Buhlan M, Meyer-Mölck A, Chung YK, Blanco-Redondo B, Klose F, Jarboui MA, Ljaschenko D, Bigl M, Langenhan T.
    Molecular sensing of mechano- and ligand-dependent adhesion GPCR dissociation.
    Nature. 2023 Mar.

  • Streit M, Hemberger M, Häfner S, Knote F, Langenhan T, Beliu G.
    Optimized genetic code expansion technology for time-dependent induction of adhesion GPCR-ligand engagement.
    Protein Sci. 2023 Mar; e4614.

  • Steinke S, Kirmann T, Loi EA, Nerlich J, Weichard I, Kuhn P, Bullmann T, Ritzau-Jost A,
    Rizalar FS, Prüss H, Haucke V, Geis C, Hust M, Hallermann S.
    NMDA-receptor-Fc-fusion constructs neutralize anti-NMDA receptor antibodies.
    Brain. 2023 Mar; awac497.

  • Schulz A, Richter F, Richter A.
    In vivo optogenetic inhibition of striatal parvalbumin-reactive interneurons induced genotype-specific changes in neuronal activity without dystonic signs in male DYT1 knock-in mice.
    J Neurosci Res. 2023 Apr; 101(4): 448-463.

  • Hennlein L, Ghanawi H, Gerstner F, Palominos García E, Yildirim E, Saal-Bauernschubert L, Moradi M, Deng C, Klein T, Appenzeller S, Sauer M, Briese M, Simon C, Sendtner M, Jablonka S.
    Plastin 3 rescues cell surface translocation and activation of TrkB in spinal muscular atrophy.
    J Cell Biol. 2023 Mar; 222(3): e202204113.

  • Schlensog-Schuster F, Keil J, Von Klitzing K, Gniewosz G, Schulz CC, Schlesier-Michel A, Mayer S, Stadelmann S, Döhnert M, Klein AM, Sierau S, Manly JT, Sheridan MA, White LO.
    From Maltreatment to Psychiatric Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence: The Relevance of Emotional Maltreatment.
    Child Maltreat. 2022 Nov; 10775595221134248.

  • Klein CC, Berger P, Goucha T, Friederici AD, Grosse Wiesmann C.
    Children's syntax is supported by the maturation of BA44 at 4 years, but of the posterior STS at 3 years of age.
    Cereb Cortex. 2022 Nov; bhac430.

  • Buettner JM, Sowoidnich L, Gerstner F, Blanco-Redondo B, Hallermann S, Simon CM.
    p53-dependent c-Fos expression is a marker but not executor for motor neuron death in spinal muscular atrophy mouse models.
    Front Cell Neurosci. 2022 Nov; 16: 1038276.

  • Perl S, Lüttig A, Köhling R, Richter A.
    Deep brain stimulation in animal models of dystonia.
    Neurobiol Dis. 2022 Oct; 175: 105912.

  • Bluhm A, Schrempel S, Moceri S, Stieler J, Feja M, Schilling S, Schulze A, von Hörsten S, Hartlage-Rübsamen M, Richter F, Roßner S.
    Alpha synuclein processing by MMP-3 - implications for synucleinopathies.
    Behav Brain Res. 2022 Sep; 434: 114020.

  • Becker S, Schulz A, Kreyer S, Dreßler J, Richter A, Helmschrodt C.
    Sensitive and simultaneous quantification of 16 neurotransmitters and metabolites in murine microdialysate by fast liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.
    Talanta. 2022 Sep; 253: 123965.

  • Buettner JM, Kirmann T, Mentis GZ, Hallermann S, Simon CM.
    Laser microscopy acquisition and analysis of premotor synapses in the murine spinal cord.
    STAR Protoc. 2022 Mar; 3(1): 101236.

  • Ruthig P, Schönwiesner M.
    Common principles in the lateralization of auditory cortex structure and function for vocal communication in primates and rodents.
    Eur J Neurosci. 2022 Feb; 55(3): 827-845.

  • Schulz CC, von Klitzing K, Deserno L, Sheridan MA, Crowley MJ, Schoett MJS, Hoffmann F, Villringer A, Vrtička P, White LO.
    Emotional maltreatment and neglect impact neural activation upon exclusion in early and mid-adolescence: An event-related fMRI study.
    Dev Psychopathol. 2022 Feb: 1-13.

  • Braga A, Schönwiesner M.
    Neural Substrates and Models of Omission Responses and Predictive Processes.
    Front Neural Circuits. 2022 Feb; 16: 799581.


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Dr. Sa¨a Jovanovic

Dr. Sa¨a Jovanovic

Scientific Coordinator

Talstraße 33, Room 332
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-36740
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Montag - Freitag 09:00 - 12:00