Brain Day - 2014
Looking for the engram: How the brain stores memories

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Nikolai Axmacher,
Clinic for Epilepsy, University of Bonn

The ability to remember experiences and learn new skills is fundamental to our existence; without memory, events would pass us by without leaving a trace. For a long time we have been investigating which psychological processes and neural mechanisms contribute to different kinds of memories, and how they are impaired in various neurological and psychiatric illnesses. Despite much progress, for a long time we have not been able to trace the path of our memories – the engram. In my lecture I will present currents research projects that aim to find the engram and show you some of their impressive results. These studies also look at the role of sleep and dreams in the forming of memories. This fascinating field of research could one day enable us to look at brain activity and predict what we are currently remembering, and it could help us understand which processes lead to the deformation of memories in neurological and psychiatric diseases.

Alzheimer's disease: Not just a question of fate

Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan,
Speaker of Collaborative Research Centre 874,
Department of Neurophysiology, Medical Faculty, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

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(21 MB | 45:48 min)
(in German)

Stuttering in the brain: Neutral correlates of stuttering

Prof. Dr. med. Katrin Neumann,
Senior Physician in the Department of Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology, St. Elisabeth-Hospital Bochum

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(20 MB | 43:06 min)
(in German)

Morbus huntingtoon - an example of a hereditary neurological disease

Prof. Dr. med. Carsten Saft,
Chair of the Clinical Part of the Huntington-Center North Rhine-Westphalia at St. Josef-Hospital Bochum

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(12 MB | 27:08 min)
(in German)