Research Department of Neuroscience

Research Department of Neuroscience

The aim of the Research Department of Neuroscience (RDN) is the development and reinforcement of a unique and interdisciplinary scientific landscape within the Ruhr University Bochum and its immediate environment, that pivots upon the established strengths of the RUB as an outstanding centre for systems neuroscience research.

The strength of the Department is its highly interdisciplinary orientation, which integrates the expertise and research tradition of four faculties (Biology and Biotechnology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Medicine and Psychology), together with three institutions: the Institute of Neuroinformatics, the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and the International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN) as well as the University Clinics.

The RDN provides a novel, integrative research platform, which includes the molecular, cellular, systems, cognitive and clinical neurosciences as well as computational brain sciences, and has thereby established a multidisciplinary strategy for the investigation of brain functions.

Within the RDN the research is mainly focused on four areas:

• Sensory Systems

• Learning and Memory

• Brain Pathology

• Applied Neuroscience

The strategy of the RDN to push back the boundaries of knowledge runs on three levels:

• Creating appropriate structures and infrastructures for excellent neuroscience research

• Engaging in collaborative synergies

• Fostering the next generation of neuroscientists

More information

Research Department of Neuroscience Movie
at the IBRO-World Congress

The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) presents the
Research Department of Neuroscience at its 9th World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 7h-11th, 2015.


Novel optogenetic tool

Blue on, yellow off: using different-coloured light, researchers are able to switch signalling pathways in the brain on and off.

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Brain processes social information at high priority

Bochum researchers use hypnosis to study cognitive processes

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When memories age

Neuroscientists follow the trace of memory. Molecular imaging shows how we remember.

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Some birds are just as smart as apes

Complex cognition is possible without a cortex. Researchers figure out similarities in brain architecture.

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Serotonin-receptor drives learning in the hippocampus. Study investigates coding of memories.

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STED-Microscope for the RDN

The German Research Foundation (DFG) approved the building of a STED microscope, optimized for neuroscientific questions. The completion of the equipment is scheduled for 2015.