Brain Day 2013

Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan welcomes around 300 guests to BRAIN DAY 2013.

Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan, speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre 874, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

"Train your brain – when your brain gets old" a lecture by PD Dr. Hubert Dinse, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

In his lecture "Learning and neuroplasticity – no standstill in the brain" Prof. Dr. Tobias Schmidt-Wilcke, University Clinic Bergmannsheil, explains how our brain can adapt to a changing environment.

More than 300 guests visit the lectures on BRAIN DAY 2013.

Support groups from the region introduce their work…

…lead interesting conversations with visitors…

…and highlight the many different neurological disorders.

BRAIN SPOTS – Discovering the brain: The supporting program offers many activities and information surrounding our grey cells.

Dr. Stefanie Heba, University Clinic Bergmannsheil Bochum, explains the significance of colors on MRI-scans of the brain.

Lara Schlaffke, University Clinic Bergmannsheil Bochum, shows how MRI-technology works.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nora Prochnow (front left) from the Department of Neuroanatomy presents anatomical specimens.

At the table of the Department of Neuroanatomy, anatomical specimens are on display to demonstrate the structure of the brain.

Kai Ritschel, Institute for Neural Computation, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, shows how medical ultrasound can be used in the diagnosis and evaluation of brain tumors.

PD Dr. Hubert Dinse's Neural Plasticity Lab, here with Tobias Kalisch (left), presents its findings in the area of neuroscientific research and shows how these can be used to develop new forms of therapy.

A games console, which is able to record patterns of movement, is used to test our visitors' sense of balance and flexibility.

Dr. Jan-Christoph Kattenstroth, Neural Plasticity Lab, explains the test results.

Young scientists from the Department of Neural Computation explain how they teach orientation to little robots, called ePucks.

Visitors of BRAIN DAY 2013 meditate with Dipl. Phys. Sebastian Thomas Philipp and learn how meditating can trigger learning processes in the brain.

After the break and an intense supporting program the lectures continue.

"Ultrasound and robotics in neurosurgery" - Prof Dr. med. Kirsten Schmieder, University Clinic Knappschaftskrankenhaus, presents the status quo and gives an outlook.

"The Evolution of Thinking: parallel paths of development of high cognitive performance. We are not alone!" Prof. Dr. Drs. h.c. Onur Güntürkün, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, gives a lecture on how complex thought processes can evolve, even without a cortex.

(left to right) PD Dr. Hubert Dinse, Prof. Dr. med. Kirsten Schmieder, Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan, Prof Dr. Drs. h.c. Onur Güntürkün, Ursula Heiler, Prof. Dr. Tobias Schmidt-Wilcke

The BRAIN DAY 2013 team of the Collaborative Research Centre 874: (left to right) Verena Rohde, Amal Lamrini, Peter Hoffmann, Ursula Heiler, Dr. Sabine Dannenberg, Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan

Photos: Alexander Grünsel

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“A day all about neuroscience in Bochum”, was the motto of the third Brain Day on September 25 at the RUB’s conference center. Besides lectures on cutting edge scientific developments, visitors were offered information and could join in many activities. Additionally, ten support-groups from the region presented their work and created awareness for many different neurological diseases.


This question was investigated by scientists of the Bergmannsheil University Clinic; they explained the significance of colored areas in MRI-scans. With the help of vivid experiments guests were able to understand how this technology works.


PD Dr. Dinse’s Neural Plasticity Lab again participated with many different fascinating activities. Highlight was a games console, which could track motion patterns. It is currently used to analyze the sense of balance and flexibility of test persons. Many visitors took the opportunity and joined in.


Young scientists of the Institute for Neural Computation explained to visitors how they use findings from experimental and theoretical neuroscience to teach orientation to little robots, called ePucks. A very rare insight into scientific work.


Many visitors have seen ultrasonic devices during doctor’s appointments, but few were allowed to use it to make their own pulse visible. On Brain Day this was possible, followed by an explanation of how this method is used to detect and evaluate brain tumors.


Guests looking for a relaxing meditation after so much scientific input, learned from Sebastian Philipp how even during meditation our brain does not come to a standstill. In fact, the opposite is the case: meditation can trigger the learning process.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those, who have made this day so interesting. Thanks to:

Saskia Albers, Mehdi Bayati, Hubert Dinse, Onur Güntürkün, Stefanie Heba, Tobias Kalisch, Jan-Christoph Kattenstroth, Janosch Kellermann, Nora Prochnow, Monique Renk, Cindy Richter, Kai Ritschel, Lara Schlaffke, Tobias Schmidt-Wilcke, Kirsten Schmieder, Fabian Schönfeld, Dennis Witt, the child researchers "Brainiacs", members of the support groups…..

Brain Day 2013



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