Networking with Other Research Programs

The Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure (EXC 257) is highly interlinked with several other programs in the German research landscape. NeuroCure scientists have been involved in collaborative research centres, transregional collaborative research centres, graduate schools, research training groups, research units, clinical research units, and priority programs, all funded by the DFG. An Emmy Noether junior research group and Heisenberg fellowships underline the scientific excellence of the Cluster.

→ Collaborative Research Centres
→ Transregional Collaborative Research Centres
→ Graduate Schools
→ Research Training Groups
→ Research Units
→ Clinical Research Units
→ Priority Programmes

Further funding support
→ Einstein Foundation
→ German Centers for Healthcare Research
current and former NeuroCure PIs

Collaborative Research Centres

SFB 1315: Mechanisms and disturbances in memory consolidation: From synapses to systems
Spokesperson(s): M. Larkum
since 2018  D. Schmitz, M. Brecht, M. Larkum, B. Judkewitz, D. Owald, S. Sigrist, C. Rosenmund, P. Hegemann
SFB 1052: Obesity Mechanisms
Spokesperson(s): M. Blüher
University: Uni Leipzig
since 2013 A. Villringer
SFB 940: Volition and Cognitive Control: Mechanisms, Modulators and Dysfunctions
Spokesperson(s): T. Goschke
University: TU Dresden
since 2012 J.D. Haynes
SFB 958: Scaffolding of Membranes: Molecular Mechanisms and Cellular Functions
Spokesperson(s): S. Sigrist
University: FU with HU and Charité, MDC, DIFE
since 2011 C. Birchmeier, B. Eickholt, V. Haucke, G. Lewin, E. Neuhaus, C. Rosenmund, D. Schmitz, S. Sigrist
SFB 779: Neurobiology of Motivated Behaviour
Spokesperson(s): F. Ohl
University: Uni Magdeburg and IfN, MPI Leipzig
since 2008 J.D. Haynes
SFB 765: Multivalency as chemical organization and action principle: New architectures, functions and applications
Spokesperson(s): R. Haag
University: FU with FMP and ZIB (Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin)
since 2008 V. Haucke

Transregional Collaborative Research Centres


TRR 295: Retuning dynamic motor network disorders using neuromodulation
Spokesperson: A. Kühn
Universities: HU, FU, Uni Würzburg

seit 2020
A. Kühn
 TRR 265: Losing and Regaining Control in Addiction – Development, Mechanisms and Interventions since 2019 A. Heinz
TRR 167: Development, function and potential of myeloid cells in the central nervous system (NeuroMac) since 2017
M. Prinz (F. Heppner, S. Lehnardt, A. Meisel, J. Priller)
TRR 186: Molecular Switches: Spatio-Temporal Control of Cellular Signal Transmission since 2016
B. Eickholt, P.R. Hiesinger, S. Sigrist, C. Rosenmund, A. Pleasted, V. Haucke
TRR 130: B cells: Immunity and Autoimmunity since 2013
A. Hauser, H. Radbruch
TRR 84: Innate Immunity of the Lung: Mechanisms of Pathogen Attack and Host Defence in Pneumonia since 2010
A. Meisel

Graduate Schools

GSC 1091: Berlin School of Integrative Oncology (BSIO)
2012 - 2019 F. Heppner
GSC 203: Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies
Spokesperson(s): G. Duda
University: HU/FU with DRFZ, MDC, MPI, Deutsches Herzzentrum, etc.
2007 - 2019 U. Dirnagl, J. Priller, A. Radbruch
GSC 86: Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Spokesperson(s): A. Villringer, M. Pauen
University: HU with MDC, Max-Planck, FU/TU, etc.
2006 - 2019
M. Brecht, U. Dirnagl, K. Einhäupl, M. Endres, A. Flöel, J.-D. Haynes, C. Heim, U. Heinemann, A. Heinz, H. Kettenmann, A. Kühn, D. Schmitz, A. Villringer

Research Training Groups

GRK 2318:  Tight junctions and their proteins: molecular features and actions in health and disease
since 2017
V. Haucke
GRK 1589: Sensory Computation in Neural Systems
2010 - 2019
M. Brecht, J.D. Haynes, A. Heinz, I. Vida
GRK 1651: Service-oriented Architectures for the Integration of Software-based Processes, Exemplified by Health Care Systems and Medical Technology (SOAMED)
2010 - 2019
A. Grüters-Kieslich

Research Units

FOR 2841: Beyond the Exome – Identifying, Analyzing, and Predicting the Disease Potential of Non-Coding DNA Variants since 2019 M. Schülke, C.Birchmeier
FOR 2325: Interactions at the Neurovascular Interface since 2016 P. Vajkoczy
FOR 2143:  Interneuron Synaptic Plasticity - From Mechanisms to Functions since 2014 J. Geiger, I. Vida, J. Poulet
FOR 1805: Ribosome Dynamics in Regulation of Speed and Accuracy of Translation since 2012 C. Spahn

Clinical Research Units

KFO 247: Deep Brain Stimulation: Mechanisms, Physiology and Optimisation of Therapy
Spokesperson(s): M. Endres
since 2010 M. Endres, A. Kühn

Priority Programmes

SPP 2041: Computational Connectomics since 2017 A. Kühn, P. Ritter
SPP 1665: Resolving and manipulating neuronal networks in the mammalian brain - from correlative to causal analysis since 2013 M. Brecht, D. Schmitz

Further Funding Support

NeuroCure PIs

Einstein Foundation

Einstein Center for Neurosciences since 2016  
Einstein Professorships    
Cellular and Molecular Neurosciences   D. Schmitz
Genetics   S. Sigrist
Einstein Research Projects
Mechanisms of critical illness-induced cognitive dysfunction 2017 - 2020 M. Larkum

German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Collaborative Project: Kids2Health: Understanding and Mitigating the Impact of Early Life Stress on Disease Risk: Towards Developmental Programming of Lifelong Health since 2017 C. Heim
Collaborative Project: Neuronale principles of active aging since 2015 A. Flöel, S. Sigrist, D. Schmitz, V. Haucke
Collaborative Project: Addiction - early recognition and intervention across the lifespan since 2015 A. Heinz
Collaborative Project: Berlin longitudinale child study since 2013

C. Heim

ERC Synergy Grants



Brainplay since 2018

 M. Brecht, D. Schmitz

Switchable rhodOpsins in Life Sciences (SOL) since 2020

 P. Hegemann

German Centers for Healthcare Research

German Center for neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) since 2009 D. Schmitz, M. Endres, C. Garner, A. Kühn, F. Heppner, S. Sigrist
German Center for Mental Health (DZP) since 2021

A. Heinz