The interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Centre 874 “Integration and Representation of Sensory Processes” was established by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) on 1st July, 2010, at the Ruhr-University Bochum and will continue its work for the next four years until 2018. Read more


Scientific events

18.01.2016 - Symposium
Title: Of faces and bodies: functional specialization in the visual cortex
Speakers: Jürgen Kaufmann, Marius Peelen, Gudrun Schwarzer
Hosts: Boris Suchan, Sarah Weigelt
27.01.2016 - Brain Café
Title: "Wieder ein Jahr Älter!" – Neues aus der Altersforschung
Speaker: PD Dr. Hubert Dinse (Neural Plasticity Lab, Institut für Neuroinformatik, RUB)
01.02.2016 - Symposium
Title: Road to cognition: from sensory integration to pathway information
Speakers: Michael Hasselmo, Etienne Save, Stefan M. Brudzynski
Hosts: Birte Dietz, Nikolas Kalweit, Markus Lorkowski
24.02.2016 - Brain Café
Title: Sterben Linkshänder wirklich früher? Mythen und Fakten zur Händigkeit aus neurowissenschaftlicher Sicht.
Speaker: PD Dr. Sebastian Ocklenburg, Biopsychologie, Fakultät für Psychologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
MARCH 2016
16.03.2016 - Brain Café
Title: Bedeutung des Immunsystems für das Glaukom ("Grüner Star")
Speaker: PD Dr. Stefanie Joachim, Experimental Eye Research, Universitäts-Augenklinik Knappschaftskrankenhaus, Bochum
APRIL 2016
12.04. - 13.04.2016 - Conference
Title: Sensory Processes: from molecules to cognition
Speakers: Heinz Beck, Jan Born, Dirk Dietrich, Andreas Draguhn, Andreas Engel, Benedikt Grothe, Onur Güntürkün, Mark Hübener, Rohini Kuner, Siegrid Löwel, Tobias Moser
Host: Denise Manahan-Vaughan
APRIL 2016
20.04.2016 - Brain Café
Title: Das Gehirn sieht mehr als das Auge
Speaker: Prof. Dr. med. Ulf Eysel, Neurophysiologie, Medizinische Fakultät, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
MAY 2016
03.05.2016 - Colloquium
Title: A unique role for the dentate gyrus in forming emotional memories
Speaker: Gal Richter-Lewin
Hosts: Denise Manahan-Vaughan, Oliver T. Wolf
MAY 2016
09.05.2016 - Symposium
Title: Development and application of new optogenetic tools in Neuroscience
Speakers: Matthias Kuhl, Patrick Ruther
Host: Olivia Masseck
MAY 2016
11.05.2016 - Colloquium
Title: Cortical circuit dynamics illuminated with genetically encoded voltage indicators
Speaker: Thomas Knöpfel
Host: Dirk Jancke
MAY 2016
18.05.2016 - Brain Café
Title: Stress? Wer wird denn gleich in die Luft gehen? Über den Zusammenhang von Stress und Aggression
Speaker: Dr. Angelika Dierolf, Kognitionspsychologie, Fakultät für Psychologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
JUNE 2016
06.06.2016 - Symposium
Title: Signals in working memory models: representing qualities and quantities
Speakers: Pawel Herman, Jean-Philippe Lachaux, Paul Sauseng
Hosts: Nikolai Axmacher, Daniel Labbé
JUNE 2016
22.06.2016 - Brain Café
Title: Der Dresscode im Gehirn: Was der weltweite Wirbel um ein gestreiftes Kleid im Internet mit den Neurowissenschaften in Bochum zu tun hat
Speaker: Anne Golisch, Neurologische Universitätsklinik, BG-Kliniken Bergmannsheil Bochum
JUNE 2016
22.06.2016 - Colloquium
Title: How large spaces are represented in hippocampus
Speaker: Kechen Zhang
Host: Laurenz Wiskott
JUNE 2016
22.06. - 23.06.2016 - Workshop
Title: GABA- From molecule to cognition
Speakers: Elke Fuchs, Andreas Vlachos, Klaus Funke, Florian Müller-Dahlhaus, Richard Edden, Nick Puts, Richard Harris
Host: Tobias Schmidt-Wilcke
05.09.2016 - Symposium
Title: Involvement of cortico-subcortical loops in perceptual processing
Speakers: Randy Bruno, Judith Hirsch, Hajnalka Bokor*
Host: Patrik Krieger
26.09.2016 - Symposium
Title: Learning and plasticity in the cerebellum
Speakers: Henk-Jan Boele, Kamran Khodakhah, Martijn Schonewille
Host: Pia Reiterer
07.11.2016 - Symposium
Title: New Perspectives on Olfaction
Speakers: Jay Gottfried, Thomas Hummel, Johan Lundström
Host: Boris Suchan

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SFB News

How older people learn

Learning at an advanced age makes the brain fit. Older people even learn more than younger ones. Still, age-related brain changes cannot be undone.
Read more.


Olivia Masseck accepts junior professorship for advanced fluorescence microscopy and establishes junior research group.
Read more.

Brain CafÉ - Podcast is online

"Stressed? No need to lose your temper!" Podcast from Brain Café in May is online. Click here.

Brain CafÉ in June

On June 22nd, Anne Golisch (Neurological University Clinic, BG-Kliniken Bergmannsheil Bochum) will talk about "The dress code in our brain".
Read more.

SFB874/IGSN Conference

On April 12th and 13th the annual IGSN/SFB 874 conference took place. Guests from eight neuroscientific SFB's from Germany were welcomed in Bochum. Read more.

Brain Day 2015

Under the slogan "From Fundamental Research to Therapy" the fifth Brain Day was held in the Veranstaltungszentrum of RUB on the 2nd of September. Find
here a report with photos from this event

Movie at the IBRO-World Congress

Video clip of the Research Department of Neurosciene and SFB 874 at the IBRO-World congress
Click here for the movie


Medical doctorate (MD) students can apply for a stipend to conduct their doctoral research and studies within the IRTG. Read more
Download the flyer here.


Tracking the Memory

Information for schools here.

Neuro-News at RUB

Neuromedicine successfully at university clinic Bergmannsheil

The neurological clinic Bergmannsheil has been successful in BMBF funding initiative. Around 2 million euros in funding for NeuroTechGate.
Read more (in german).

New discoveries in scent research

Olfactory receptor discovered in pigment cells of the skin. Read more.

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