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Architektonik und Hirnfunktion

Architecture and Brain Function

The goal of the research group "Architecture and Brain Function" is to gain a new understanding of the organisational principles of the human brain and to better understand how brain structure is related to function and behavior.

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Big Data Analytics

The Big Data Analytics group develops software and methodology to build a microscopic resolution 3D model of the human brain, which includes detailed information about the spatial arrangement and the properties of neuronal cells and nerve fibers, and highly precise 3D maps of brain areas.

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Clinical Neuroanatomy

The aim of the research group "Clinical Neuroanatomy" is on the one hand to understand the neuroanatomical causes of various movement disorders in vivo and post mortem in order to enable an early diagnosis and identify biomarkers for possible therapies and on the other hand to distinguish primarily age-related changes in motor function from pathological movement disorders.

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The „Connectivity“ group is interested in the relevance of fiber tracts for the structure and architecture of the surface and cortex of the brain. A particular focus are changes in the anatomy of the brain’s surface and fiber tracts at older age.

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Fiber Architecture

The research group “Fiber Architecture (FA)” develops the 3D Polarized Light Imaging (3D-PLI) technology to reveal the structural connectivity and fiber architecture in post mortem brains at microscopic resolution.

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Genomic Imaging

The research group „Genomic Imaging“ studies the influence of genetic factors on structure and function of the human brain.

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Sprechen als komplexe Gehirnleistung

Neuroanatomy of Language

Language is a complex cognitive ability unique for humans. The working group “Neuroanatomy of Language” conducts systematic analyses of the relationship of brain structure and function.

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Neurotransmitter receptor


Neurotransmitters and their receptors represent the molecular basis for structure-function relationships in the brain. Each brain area contains nerve cells that express receptors for inhibitory, excitatory and modulatory neurotransmitters. Differences in the regional and laminar distribution patterns of a single receptor type can be analysed by quantitative in vitro receptor autoradiography.

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