Brain Day 2018

On the 19th of September 2018, the eighth BRAIN DAY of the Ruhr-University Bochum took place.

As a surprise, every visitor got a welcome-bag.

Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan, speaker of the SFB 874, welcomed the audience.

About 350 people came to the event hall of the RUB.

Prof. Tanja Legenbauer (LWL-Universitätsklinik Hamm) reported on the diagnosis and therapy of attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The audience took notes.

In the second presentation Dr. Lars Dittrich discussed the question: ''Are you really tired, or do you just think you are?"

After the lecture, Lars Dittrich answered the late risers' and early risers' questions of the audience.

During the break, the visitors had some time to order their thoughts…

…or to exchange ideas with each other.

Moreover, different kinds of self-help groups presented their work on neurological diseases.

They were happy about the exchange with interested people.

The staff of the institute for anatomy explained the construction of the brain with the help of different models…

…and showed precisely what each area of the brain is responsible for.

Together with the staff of the Neural Plasticity Lab, one was able to test his or her limits concerning the sense of touch…

…and experience the rubber band-illusion first hand.

The neurologists of the Universitätsklinikum Bergmannsheil examine, with the help of virtual reality, how a person learns to recognise new objects.

Their colleagues at the Knappschaftskrankenhaus wore the (virtual reality) glasses for their scientific research on paraplegic patients.

At the BRAIN DAY, they showed how they want to use a Brain-Computer-Interface in order to improve the patients' quality of life.

The staff of the department of neurophysiology explained how the transcranial magnetic-stimulation could be used on a person's brain.

In the room of illusions, optical illusions turned the visitors' heads.

Some of the illusions needed a closer look in order to be understood.

Others could only be exposed with the help of a stencil.

In the third lecture, Prof. Martin Diers (LWL-Universitätsklinik Bochum) reported on his research on chronical pain.

Dr. Jonas Rose explained what the relations of birds and dinosaurs has do with their intelligence.

The team of the SFB 874 is looking forward to the next BRAIN DAY on the 25th of September 2019.

Pictures: Susanne Troll

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On a beautiful sunny day on the 19th of September 2018, about 350 people were drawn to the event hall of the Ruhr-University Bochum. They accepted the invitation of the Collaborative Research Centre 874 and came to the eighth BRAIN DAY. The visitors were whisked away into the world of neuroscience by the given presentations and the varied supporting programme.

Lectures on ADHD and sleep

After Denise Manahan-Vaughan's welcoming, Prof. Dr. Tanja Legenbauer (member of the child and youth psychiatry of the LWL- Universitätsklinik Hamm) began her talk about attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She explained that this disease is not a passing fashion diagnosis and stated how it can be identified and treated. Her lecture was followed by Dr. Lars Dittrich's lecture. The neuroscientist of the German Centre of Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn devoted himself to the topic of sleep and gave an explanation of why there are late risers and early risers. Later, the break started and the visitors had the chance to explore the stands of Bochum's scientists or talk to representatives of the self-help groups that presented their work on neuroscientific diseases.

Two different scientists groups brought their Virtual Reality (VR) glasses: On one hand, the staff of neurological research at the hospital 'Bergmannsheil' showed how they examine the recognition of unknown objects within the virtual room. On the other hand, the staff of the miners' guild hospital presented how they want to help paraplegic patients by using VR-glasses.
At the stall of the Neural Plasticity Lab, the visitors were able to test their fine feeling or hoodwink their sense of touch in different exercises.

Between brain stimulation and optical illusions

Whoever wants to see real brain cells under a microscope or to learn something about the construction of the brain, found the right persons with the staff of the cytology department at the institute of anatomy. They brought many different models in order to be able to describe the varied structures of the human brain.
The stall of the neurophysiology department, however, invited the visitors to observing the brain stimulation with the help of transcranial magnet-stimulation. And in the room of illusions, optical illusions turned the visitors' heads.
The staff of the junior research group high-resolution fluorescence microscopy told the visitors which neuroscientific explanations are behind the illusions.

After the break, the event went on with the lecture given by Prof. Dr. Martin Diers, member of the hospital of psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy at the LWL university hospital Bochum. Martin Diers explores the cause of chronical pain at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and summarized his results at the BRAIN DAY.
The lecture of Dr. Jonas Rose was about the special cognitive abilities of corvids and the question of how to use these abilities for research projects. In this year, too, the BRAIN DAY followed by the lecturers and the supporting programme connected basic research with therapy and showed how both aspects are converted at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Thanks/Thank you!

Such a colourful programme would not be possible without the help of many supportive people. They did a lot in order to create a successful BRAIN DAY 2018 and therefore we want to say thank you to:

Marion Brickwedde, Marie Krüger, André Scholz, Dr. Stefanie Borowy, Sepideh Tabrik, Dr. Christian Klaes, Muhammad Saif-Ur-Rehman, Marie Dominique Schmidt, Prof. Dr. Olivia Masseck, Jill Baumann, Martin Kubitschke, Prof. Dr. Klaus Funke, Dr. Pia Reiterer, Prof. Dr. Carsten Theiß, Dr. Veronika Matschke, Jan Stein, Maya Junghans, PD Dr. Hubert Dinse

And to the staff of the following self-help groups:

  • Alzheimer Gesellschaft Bochum e.V./ Demenz-Servicezentrum Ruhr
  • Autismus-Therapie-Zentrum Dortmund und Hagen
  • ADHS Deutschland e.V., Regionalgruppe Bochum
  • Bundesverband Kinderneurologie-Hilfe e.V. und die Abteilung für Frührehabilitation des Clemenshospitals Münster
  • Clusterkopfschmerz-Selbsthilfe-Gruppe Recklinghausen
  • Deutsche Guillain-Barré Syndrom Initiative e.V.
  • Deutsche Myasthenie Gesellschaft, Ortsvereinigung Bochum
    und Umgebung e.V
  • Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft
  • Deutsche Restless Legs Vereinigung Bochum
  • Epilepsie-Selbsthilfegruppe Essen

Save the date!

Next year the BRAIN DAY will again take place at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. We are looking forward to welcoming you on the 25th of September 2019, in the event hall.

Brain Day 2018

Flyer (in German)


Ursula Heiler, MA

Phone: +49(0)234-32-26682

Fax.: +49(0)234-32-14490



Programme 2018

Brain Day 2017

Brain Day 2016

Brain Day 2015

Brain Day 2014

Brain Day 2013

Brain Day 2012

Brain Day 2011


Prof. Dr. Tanja Legenbauer,

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(43,1 MB | 38:00 min)

Dr. Lars Dittrich,

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(43,1 MB | 35,43 min)

Prof. Dr. Martin Diers,

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(38,9 MB | 30,08 min)

Dr. Jonas Rose,

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(29,3 MB | 24,46 min)