Research Department of Neuroscience

Insights into
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

More information


Pigeons can learn English.

Scientists of the Ruhr University and the University of Otago taught them how. (in german)

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Poison in the brain

Spherical structures in the nucleus of nerve cells, so-called nuclear spheres, are suspected to trigger Alzheimer's disease. Researchers from Ruhr University Bochum have published their findings in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.

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How our brain slows down the effects of aging

RUB researchers show: Our brain develops remarkable strategies to slow down the effects of aging.

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Cannabinoid receptor activates spermatozoa

Researchers from Bochum and Bonn have detected a highly sensitive cannabinoid receptor in spermatozoa. They published their findings in Scientific Reports.

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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 STED is located at the RUBION and is ready for use. Information about the STED could be found on the website of the "NeuroImaging Centre" of the RDN.