The Research Departments are one of the building blocks of Research Campus RUB.
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 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
RUB-Neuroscientists have modifed receptors for the neurotransmitter serotonin so that they can turn on with light. This new model can be used to explore depression and anxiety. Video to the publication
The German Research Foundation (DFG) approved the building of a STED microscope, optimized for neuroscientific questions. The completion of the equipment is scheduled for 2014. The device will be located at the RUBION.
Insights into the Research Department of Neuroscience