Research Department of Neuroscience

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the Research Department of Neuroscience


Mission statement

• Promoting excellence and collaborations in Neuroscience

• Fostering the next generation of neuroscientists


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



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NEWS

The smell of memories

We learn differently, when it smells RUB-researchers investigate memory

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Controlling nerve cells with light

Insights into the complex serotonin system. Understanding the causes of anxiety and depression

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How children perceive faces

Seven-year-olds show different brain activities than adults. Children find different photos of the same person more difficult to recognise.

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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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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.