In order to expand the well-established neuroscience community in Berlin, the Cluster of Excellence applies the bulk of its funding to establishing new professorships and junior research groups and providing them with state-of-the-art equipment. Long-term funding will be provided by the Charité, Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität and the non-university organizations of the Helmholtz Society and Leibniz Society.
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In July 2011, Prof. Dr. Britta Eickholt was appointed Professor for Neurosciences Specializing in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology at the Charité and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. Britta Eickholt's research focuses on signaling mechanisms that control the neuronal cytoskeleton. Prior to her appointment, Britta Eickholt worked at the MRC Center for Developmental Neurobiology at King's College, London.
From December 2009 to November 2014, Dr. Enric Esplugues headed the junior research group Neuroimmunology at the German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin (DRFZ) and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. His research focused on immunological processes in neurodegenerative diseases. Enric Esplugues had previously been a scientist at the School of Medicine at Yale University, New Haven, USA.
Prof. Dr. Agnes Flöel joined the Cluster of Excellence in 2010 and was appointed Professor for Cognitive Neurology within the NeuroCure Clinical Research Center (NCRC) at the Charité in April 2013. Agnes Flöel's clinical work centers around dementia and post-stroke rehabilitation; her research focuses on interventional strategies to prevent cognitive deficits in aging and rehabilitate cognitive and motor deficits after stroke.
Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Grantyn has been a NeuroCure Senior Professor at the Charité since 2010. She investigates, among other things, synaptic reorganization in neurodegenerative diseases.
Prof. Dr. Anja Hauser joined the German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin (DRFZ) and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure in September 2012. Within the field of Immunology, Anja Hauser focuses on the dynamics of the immune system using intravital microscopy. Before her appointment as professor, Anja Hauser was a junior group leader at the DRFZ.
Prof. Dr. Peter Robin Hiesinger was appointed to the Institute for Biology at the Freie Universität Berlin and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure in March 2015. Robin Hiesinger studies the specification and maintenance of synapses. The goals of the Hiesinger Neurogenetics Laboratory are two-fold: 1) to understand the developmental algorithms underlying brain wiring, and 2) the neuronal maintenance mechanisms that prevent neurodegeneration. Robin Hiesinger moved to the Freie Universität Berlin from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Prof. Benjamin Judkewitz has been head of the Bioimaging and Neurophotonics lab within the Cluster of Excellence Neurocure at Charité since July 1, 2014. Working across several disciplines, Benjamin Judkewitz got his PhD in Neuroscience from University College London and spent his Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering. His research group develops and applies new techniques that overcome optical scattering in order to enable imaging and optical stimulation at unprecedented depths in biological tissue.
Dr. Janine Kirstein has led the junior research group Proteostasis in Aging and Disease at the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure since September 2013. Her research focuses on the fold and function of proteins and their role in aging and disease. Before becoming a junior group leader, Janine Kirstein conducted her research at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA.
Prof. Dr. Ursula Koch was appointed Professor at the Institute for Biology at the Freie Universität Berlin and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure in February 2012. In her field of Neurobiology and Behavior, Ursula Koch aims to unravel the molecular components of auditory brainstem development and contribute to a better understanding of the physiological basis of auditory processing disorders. Ursula Koch was formerly a group leader at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich.
In August 2011, Prof. Dr. Matthew Larkum was appointed Professor for Neuronal Plasticity at the Humboldt-Universität and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. His research concentrates on the integration of feedforward and feedback information in the cortex. Prior to accepting his appointment, Matthew Larkum performed research at the University of Bern.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Meisel was appointed in 2009 Professor for Neurology Specializing in Cerebrovascular Diseases at the Charité and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. Andreas Meisel is responsible for the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for stroke based upon immunological mechanisms at the NeuroCure Clinical Research Center (NCRC) and Center for Stroke Research Berlin (CSB).
Prof. Dr. Eva Neuhaus began her Professorship in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology at the Charité and Cluster of Excellence in 2009, with a research focus on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of the sense of smell. Previously, Eva Neuhaus had held a position at the University of Bochum. In June 2013 Eva Neuhaus moved to the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
Prof. Dr. Friedemann Paul has directed the Clinical Neuroimmunology research group at the Cluster of Excellence since November 2008 and been Professor for Neurology Specializing in Neuroimmunology within the NeuroCure Clinical Research Center (NCRC) at the Charité since 2011. Friedemann Paul's research focuses on the optimization of diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities for multiple sclerosis and other neuroimmunological diseases.
Since November 2008, Dr. Andrew Plested has directed the junior research group Molecular Neuroscience and Biophysics at the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. His research concentrates on the functional mechanisms of synaptic receptors. Andrew Plested moved to the FMP and Cluster of Excellence from the National Institute of Health (NIH), USA.
Since July 2009, Dr. James Poulet has directed the junior research group Neural Circuits and Behavior at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. His research investigates how neocortical neurons in the brain control behavior. Prior to joining the Cluster of Excellence, James Poulet performed research at the Brain Mind Institute of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Prof. Dr. Christian Rosenmund has been Professor for Neurosciences Specializing in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology at the Charité and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure since July 2009. Christian Rosenmund carries out extensive research in the field of synaptic transmission - the transfer of information between individual nerve cells in the brain. Christian Rosenmund moved to the Charité from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), Houston, Texas, USA.
Since November 2008, Dr. Björn Schroeder has headed the junior research group Signaling and Transport Processes at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. Björn Schroeder investigates the importance of transmembrane proteins in signaling processes. Prior to joining the Cluster, Björn Schroeder conducted research in the laboratory of Lily Jan at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), USA.
In 2008, Prof. Dr. Markus Schülke-Gerstenfeld was appointed Professor for Pediatrics Specializing in Developmental Disorders of the Nervous System at the Charité and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. The clinical research of Markus Schülke-Gerstenfeld at the NeuroCure Clinical Research Center (NCRC) focuses on the research and development of therapies for treating epilepsy and febrile convulsions, and on molecular genetic explanations for inherited diseases of the developing nervous system.
Prof. Dr. Sarah Shoichet has been Professor for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology at the Charité since 2010. Sarah Shoichet researches the molecular mechanisms of cognitive processes and developmental disorders of the nervous system. Sarah Shoichet was recruited to the Cluster of Excellence from her postdoctoral position as a Rahel-Hirsch fellow.
In July 2009, Prof. Dr. Stephan Sigrist was appointed to the Institute for Biology at the Freie Universität Berlin and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. Within the Professorship for Molecular Developmental Genetics of Animals, Stephan Sigrist investigates the establishment and function of synaptic contacts between nerve cells as well as the genetic basis of these processes. Stephan Sigrist was recruited to the Cluster from the Universität Würzburg.
In July 2011, Prof. Dr. Imre Vida was appointed Professor for Neuroscience Specializing in Neuroanatomy and Cell Biology at the Charité and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. His research concentrates primarily on neuroanatomical, neurophysiological and information-processing aspects of inhibitory neurons in circuits of the hippocampus. Prior to accepting his appointment, Imre Vide performed research at the University of Glasgow.
In June 2009, Prof. Dr. York Winter was appointed Professor for Cognitive Neurobiology at the Institute for Biology of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. In addition, he heads the Animal Outcome Unit within the Cluster and is currently establishing the Berlin Mouse Clinic for Neurology and Psychiatry. York Winter moved to the Humboldt-Universität from the University of Bielefeld.
Prof. Dr. Ferah Yildirim was appointed Assistant Professor for Neuropsychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure in November 2014. Ferah Yildirim investigates dysfunction of neuronal gene expression in neuropsychiatric conditions with a particular focus on epigenetic and transcriptional mechanisms. Prior to her appointment, Ferah Yildirim worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the Departments of Biological Engineering and Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Since September 2014 Dr. Niccolò Zampieri has directed the junior research group Development and Function of Neural Circuits at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. His group is interested in the developmental mechanisms that control the assembly and function of motor circuits. Prior to joining the Cluster of Excellence, Niccolò Zampieri performed research in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Jessell at Columbia University in New York.