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About Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Göttingen

The Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) in Göttingen focuses on the investigation and design of Neuro-Bionic Closed-Loop Systems. In a Neuro-Bionic Closed-Loop System biological and technical components are functionally tightly linked to form a control loop where a neuronal system influences a technical device, which in turn provides feedback to the neuronal system. Such systems require the extraction and analysis of neuronal activity, by which the device is adaptively controlled, and the generation of appropriate stimulation signals for neural control.

In the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Göttingen, engineers and theoreticians with a long-standing involvement in neuroscience collaborate with advanced experimental groups in order to investigate and design complete Neuro-Bionic Closed-Loop Systems, neuro-sensing and neuro-stimulation strategies.

This scientific configuration found the recognition of an international board of referees upon whose vote the BFNT was equipped with a BMBF-grant for 5 years, allowing it e.g. to create two new chairs, one for neuroinformatics and one for systemic neurobiology. The BFNT Göttingen includes theoretical research groups based in the faculty of Physics (T. Geisel, F. Wörgötter) of the Georg-August-University Göttingen, and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (A. Biess, T. Geisel, M. Herrmann, A. Neef, F. Wolf), as well as experimental groups from the faculties of Medicine (T. Moser, W. Paulus, D. Schild) and Biology (S. Treue) of the Georg-August-University Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (A. Egner, J. Frahm), the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine (W. Stühmer), the German Primate Center (A. Gail, S. Treue), Hannover Medical School (T. Lenarz), and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt (E. Bamberg).

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

The coordinator of the BFNT Göttingen is Prof Wörgötter, head of the Department of Computational Neuroscience at the Georg-August-University Göttingen.

All institutions in Göttingen participating in the Bernstein Focus
and other Neuroscience research facilities can be reached within 10 minutes,
where the distances between most institutions are much shorter.