International Visiting Fellowships

The aim of NeuroCure’s International Visiting Fellowship program is to integrate renowned foreign scientists into the Berlin research landscape to further strengthen the international profile of the Cluster’s partner universities and research facilities, and to foster collaborative projects with NeuroCure Principal Investigators.

What is a NeuroCure Visiting Fellow?

Visiting Fellows come to Berlin several times a year to participate actively in the research and teaching activities of the Cluster. This can take the form, for example, of joint projects, the development of new technologies, or scientific lectures that complement teaching.

The Cluster of Excellence supports NeuroCure Visiting Fellows through direct funding and the possibility to work in NeuroCure labs. Associated visiting fellows from funding programs of other Berlin institutions such as the Einstein Foundation Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health may also work in NeuroCure labs. Some of these international fellows have gone on to receive fellowships from other prestigious institutions such as the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation following successful collaborations with NeuroCure colleagues.


NeuroCure Visiting Fellows

Prof. Dr. Martyn Goulding

Prof. Dr. Martyn Goulding has been a NeuroCure Visiting Fellow since April 2016. During his visits to Berlin, he works in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Carmen Birchmeier at the MDC.

Martyn Goulding is Chair of the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA. Following PhD studies in molecular cell biology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, he did postdoctoral work in developmental biology at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen. He subsequently worked as an MRC Senior Research Fellow at the University of London, UK, before moving to California for a professorship/adjunct professorship at the Salk Institute and University of California San Diego, Department of Biology, respectively.

Martyn Goulding’s research focuses on genetically identifying and functionally characterizing interneuron cell types in the spinal cord that make up the spinal sensorimotor circuitry. His lab has made fundamental discoveries regarding the identity and function of the spinal interneurons (INs) that generate and pattern rhythmic locomotor movements. Current research in his lab is directed at dissecting the spinal circuitry in the dorsal horn that transmits and gates pain, itch, and innocuous touch.


Prof. Dr. Georg Kuhn

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kuhn has been a NeuroCure Visiting Fellow since April 2016. During his visits to Berlin, he works in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl at the Charité, Department of Neurology.

Georg Kuhn is Professor for Regenerative Neuroscience at the Center for Brain Repair and Rehabilitation, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Following doctoral studies in molecular neurobiology at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, he did postdoctoral work at the Department of Neurosciences, University of California San Diego, then the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute, California. He was subsequently Group Leader of the Neurogenesis Lab at the University of Regensburg, and later lecturer at the Institute for Neuroscience and Physiology at the University of Gothenburg.

The goal of Kuhn’s research is to stimulate repair mechanisms in the brain to achieve structural and functional improvements following neurological disease. He focuses on characterizing mechanisms and signaling in the periphery that could stimulate cellular plasticity mechanisms in the CNS. This involves animal models for stroke and radiation damage, as well as cell culture models. Kuhn’s research is also associated with epidemiological investigations into the effect of cardiovascular fitness on cognition and neurological disease, and clinical studies on multi-sensory stimulation in late neurorehabilitation following stroke.


Dr. Panayiota Poirazi

Dr. Panayiota Poirazi has been a NeuroCure Visiting Fellow since April 2016. During her visits to Berlin, she works in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Matthew Larkum at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Biology.

Panayiota Poirazi is currently a Research Director (equivalent to full professor) at the Institute of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas (IMBB-FORTH), a Center of Excellence in Greece. Following doctoral studies in biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, she did postdoctoral work in bioinformatics at the Institute of Immunology, Biomedical Sciences Research Center “Alexander Fleming” in Greece. Thereafter, she joined IMBB-FORTH as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Researcher.

Panayiota Poirazi is an internationally recognized computational neuroscientist with extensive expertise in developing computational models of neural cells and circuits that are used to understand information processing and mechanisms of learning and memory. Her research places special emphasis on understanding how dendrites contribute to information processing and memory capacity of the neural tissue. Her modelling work has resulted in a number of experimentally testable predictions that have greatly influenced the neuroscience field, leading to high-profile experimental studies that have verified these predictions.


Prof. Dr. Evgeny Rogaev

Prof. Dr. Evgeny Rogaev has been a NeuroCure Visiting Fellow since April 2016. During his visits to Berlin, he works in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Victor Tarabykin at the Charité, Institute of Cell Biology and Neurobiology.

Evgeny Rogaev is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts. Following PhD studies in medical genetics at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (RAMS) in Moscow, he worked as head of the Molecular Brain Genetics lab at the National Research Center of Mental Health, RAMS. During this time, he also worked as a Visiting Scientist and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Toronto before moving to the USA for his current position. He has also held the position of head of the Laboratory of Evolutionary Genomics at the Vavilov Institute of General Genetics in Moscow.

Evgeny Rogaev has experience in both experimental research and bioinformatics. He is known for his landmark discovery of presenilins, the major genes for Alzheimer’s disease. His laboratory has also established high-throughput genomic technologies, which he applies in different neuroscience fields. His current research focuses on elucidating genetic-epigenetic interactions as a putative mechanism underlying many complex neuropsychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, affective disorders and dementias.


Associated Visiting Fellows Hosted in NeuroCure Labs

Bassem Hassan, ICM – Brain & Spine Institute, France
Einstein/BIH Fellowship - Host: Robin Hiesinger
Cheng-Chang Lien, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship - Host: Imre Vida and Dietmar Schmitz
Edvard Moser, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Norway
Einstein/BIH Fellowship – Host: Dietmar Schmitz
Thomas Südhof, Stanford School of Medicine, USA
Einstein/BIH Fellowship - Host: Christian Rosenmund

Former NeuroCure and Associated Visiting Fellows

Alison L. Barth, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Host: James Poulet
(NeuroCure Visiting Fellow)
Burkhard Becher, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Host: Frank Heppner
(NeuroCure Visiting Fellow)
Craig C. Garner, Stanford School of Medicine, USA
Host: Christian Rosenmund
(NeuroCure Visiting Fellow)
Matthew Holt, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Host: Stephan Sigrist
(NeuroCure Visiting Fellow)
Erik Jorgensen, University of Utah, USA
Host: Christian Rosenmund
(NeuroCure Visiting Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow)
Cheng-Chang Lien, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Host: Imre Vida and Dietmar Schmitz
(NeuroCure Visiting Fellow)
Alison Lloyd, University College London, UK
Host: Britta Eickholt
(NeuroCure Visiting Fellow)
Brian MacVicar, University of British Columbia, Canada
Host: Helmut Kettenmann
(NeuroCure Visiting Fellow)
Istvan Mody, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Host: Uwe Heinemann and Dietmar Schmitz
(NeuroCure Visiting Fellow)
Israel Sekler, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Host: Helmut Kettenmann
(NeuroCure Visiting Fellow)
Hermona Soreq, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Host: Andreas Meisel
(NeuroCure Visiting Fellow)
Roger Traub, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA
Host: Dietmar Schmitz
(Einstein Visiting Fellow, NeuroCure Visiting Fellow)
Tony Wyss-Coray, Stanford School of Medicine, USA
Host: Frank Heppner
(NeuroCure Visiting Fellow)