Projects Phase I (2004-2010)

Research in the first funding period was diveded in three branches A, B, and C.

Branch A: Computational & Theoretical Methods: From Microscopic to Macroscopic Scales

A1 - Investigating sub-millisecond dynamics through single-spike probabilities (Herz)

A2 - Interaction of time-structured inputs and internal dynamics at the single-cell level (Heinemann, Herz, Schimansky-Geier, Schreiber)

A3 - Relating observations of in-vivo network dynamics at different spatio-temporal scales (Grün, Kempter, Obermayer)

A4 - Methods to investigate the hierarchical structure of neural dynamics with an application to a clinical EEG data base (Müller, Curio)

A5 - Converging different methodologies to assess interactions between brain regions (Obrig, Villringer, Obermayer)

A6 - Modeling Visual Cognition (Wichmann)


Branch B: Local Computation - Molecules, Synapses, Neurons and Networks

B1 - Molecular modeling of enduring, bidirectional changes in synaptic strength (Kuhl, Schmitz, Herzel)

B2 - Short-term and long-term synaptic plasticity (Schmitz, Kempter)

B3 - Adaptation and plasticity in the adult visual system (Obermayer)

B4 - Continuous data-stream computation by a minibrain (Hennig, Ronacher, Herz)

B5 - Neural rhythms, synaptic plasticity, and network stability (Kempter, Schmitz, Heinemann)

B6 - The role of spike synchronization in olfactory coding, learning, and memory retrieval (Menzel, Grün, Nawrot)

B7 - The functional consequences of neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus (Kempermann, Wiskott)

B8 - Hippocampal subthreshold activity during spatial navigation (Brecht)

B9 - Reverse Physiology - Understanding neurons through single cell stimulation (Brecht)


Branch C: Global Computation - Systemic Synthesis for Human Neuroscience

C1 - Stimulus, Genotype and Neurotransmitter Effects on Brain Activation: From Hierarchical Neuronal Systems to Systemic Disorders (Heinz, Obermayer)

C2 - Anatomical correlates and functional role of spontaneous EEG-rhythms investigated by simultaneous EEG-fMRI (Villringer, Ritter, Curio, Herz, Müller)

C3 - Control of visual attention: Psychophysics, fMRI, TMS, and modeling (Wiskott, Brandt)

C4 - Optimizing human performance through real-time EEG feedback (Curio, Müller)

C5 - Theory and Analysis of Large-Scale Brain Signals (Haynes)


Participating Institutions

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin Berlin-Buch, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Fraunhofer First