NeuroCure researcher at the Humboldt-Universität receives coveted award from the European Research Council


Matthew Larkum, a NeuroCure researcher and Professor of Neuronal Plasticity at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, has been awarded the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. This highly coveted grant of 2.5 million euros over five years is awarded to established scientists with outstanding records of achievement and an ambitious and pioneering research project.

In his project "Active Cortex: Active dendrites and cortical associations", Matthew Larkum and his group use a variety of experimental approaches to investigate the hypothesis that the extraordinary performance of the cortex is derived from an associative mechanism built in at the cellular level to the basic cortical neuronal unit: the pyramidal cell. In this connection, the research team addresses processes that take place during sensory perception, memory formation and sleep.

Matthew Larkum was recruited in 2011 by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure from the University of Bern.

Sources: Press releases of the HUSenatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Wissenschaft, and the Berliner Zeitung

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