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Welcome to the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology Göttingen

In his "Membrane Theory" of 1902, the German physiologist Julius Bernstein gave the earliest biophysical explanation of propagating action potentials and thereby provided the first truly quantitative theory in electrophysiology.

Since then, Neuroscience has become a vast and growing area in natural sciences devoted to unraveling the function of the brain as one of the most complex results of biological evolution. A thorough analysis of brain function still continues to be an outstanding scientific challenge.

Today a big step in the process of advancing our understanding is expected from the highly dynamic and interdisciplinary research line of Neurotechnology. This discipline combines experiments with mathematical models, computer simulation and data analysis on the basis of well-defined theoretical concepts hopefully resulting in applications (e.g. in Neuroprosthethics). It makes available a scientific language and methodology that can be used across disciplines ranging from neurobiology, cognitive science, systems biology to information technology. This task requires focussed interdisciplinary cooperation between engineers and theoreticians with a long-standing involvement in neuroscience collaborating with advanced experimental groups in order to investigate and design complete Neuro-Bionic Closed-Loop Systems, neuro-sensing and neuro-stimulation strategies.

In 2004 the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany has started an initiative to create a "National Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience" now consisting of the four Bernstein Centers for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, Freiburg, Goettingen and Munich, five Bernstein Groups, eleven Bernstein Collaborations, several Bernstein Awards, and last but not least four Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology in the regions Berlin, Frankfurt/Main, Freiburg/Tuebingen and Goettingen.

The BMBF has bestowed the title of "Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience" to honour Bernstein's scientific achievements.

The Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Goettingen integrates research groups at the

Georg-August-University Göttingen
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
(Dept. of Nonlinear Dynamics)
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (incl. BiomedNMR)
Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine
Max Planck Institute for Biophysics
German Primate Center
Hannover Medical School

Moreover, active collaboration with the following industrial partners further defines the scientific and technological core of the BFNT Göttingen: Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, LEICA Microsystems GmbH, MED-EL GmbH, and Thomas Recording GmbH.

The coordinator of the BFNT Goettingen is Prof Woergoetter, Professor of Computational Neuroscience at the University of Goettingen.

Prof. Dr. Florentin Woergoetter
Georg-August-University of Göttingen
Department of Computational Neuroscience
Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1
37077 Göttingen

E: worgott @