SYStems Neurobiology


Jan 05, 2020

In an interview with popular radio station "Deutschlandfunk", Dr. Grit Hein, Professor for Translational Social Neuroscience at Würzburg's Center for Mental Health (ZEP) talks about how the political climate negatively affects empathy in individuals. Interview (in German)

Oct 23, 2019

Four teams from Würzburg are part of a newly DFG-fundend research group called "SYNABS". They will investigate how auto-immune processes are targeting synapses in the nervous system during inflammatory states and address novel therapeutic countermeasures.

Sep 08, 2019

Application for the winter term 2019/20 University of Wuerzburg Translational Neuroscience MSc program is closed. Lectures and seminars will start on 14 October 2019. The next application period for winter term 2020/21 will be open from 15 January to 15 March 2020.

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The researcher

In this column, we are introducing the heads behind the science. Get an idea of what motivates them, how they manage their projects, and understand their personal take on research!

Oct 28, 2019

Dr. Martin M. Reich is a Junior Research Group Leader of the visualDBSlab ( at the Department of Neurology in the University of Wuerzburg. He is the lead author of a study published in the journal Brain which was selected as an Editor’s choice for the May’s issue. Read the interview

Sep 10, 2018

Current Biology recently profiled Basil el Jundi who is an Emmy Noether Group Leader at the Biocenter in the University of Würzburg. His research group seeks to understand the behavioral and neural principles underlying spatial orientation and navigation in insects such as the monarch butterfly.

Nov 27, 2017

Patrick Lüningschrör, Postdoc in Prof Michael Sendtner’s group at the Institute of Clinical Neurobiology is the lead author of a study on molecular mechanisms in motoneuron disease published in Nature Communications. Read the interview

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Oct 23, 2019

Molecular approaches to understand neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases


The Translational Neuroscience Autumn School 2019 focuses on novel molecular approaches helping to understand neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases and it emphasizes the necessity of timely translation of basic research to clinical practice. Senior experts and young investigators from different fields of neuroscience, e.g. neuroinflammation, signalling in cognition, social neurobiology, and neurobiology of mental disorders, will discuss their research topics with the audience. Master and graduate students are invited to expand their knowledge, but also to be motivated to continue their education diligently and continuously and to address the challenges of neuroscience.

Registration deadline: 1 Oct 2019

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Sep 10, 2019

Date: September 16 – 19, 2019

Location: Audimax lecture hall.

University of Tübingen.

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 72074 Tübingen

“Mystery of the Brain” is a symposium organized in the honor of Prof. Nikos K. Logothetis who has been a pioneer in the study of visual, auditory perception and multisensory integration, as well as studies of plasticity and neuromodulation. World-renowned scientists from prestigious institutions and universities have been invited to provide insights into the cutting-edge research in neuroscience and give exciting future perspectives for this field.This symposium aims to present, discuss and enthusiastically promote multimodal approaches for tackling Brain Mysteries.

Sep 10, 2019

International Congress of the World Association for Stress Related and Anxiety Disorders

Date: 3-5 October

Location:Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Zentrales Hörsaal- & Seminargebäude Z6
Am Hubland 97074 Würzburg


The 2019 WASAD congress will be held in collaboration with the Collaborative Research Center SFB-TRR 58: Fear, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders. The scientific program of WASAD 2019 will consist of 5 Keynotes, 12 WASAD Plenary Symposia, 5 SFB Plenary Symposia, 1 Workshop and 2 Industry Symposia. Register for this event here.

Sep 20, 2018

9-10 October

Rudolf Virchow Center, University Hospital Wuerzburg

Josef-Schneider-Straße 2, Building D15 97080

The 2019 Eureka Symposium, solely organized by PhD students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences provides an excellent opportunity for young researchers to discuss their research, meet other PhD students, and gain valuable insights into the current developments in the field of Life Sciences. The two day symposium includes talks by distinguished speakers from Germany and abroad, talks by student speakers, a poster session, an image contest, an essay writing contest, a social event, and a career session where young researchers can network people working in the pharmaceutical industry, consultancy, or as a research group leader. Register to present a poster or talk here

Registration deadline: 30 September, 2019.

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Latest publications

January 2020

Luo, S, Zhang, T, Li, W, Yu, M, Hein, G & Han, S (2019). Interactions between oxytocin receptor gene and intergroup relationship on empathic neural responses to others’ pain. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 14(5):505-517.

Rauschenberger L, Knorr S, Al-Zuraiqi Y, Tovote P, Volkmann J, Ip CW. Striatal dopaminergic dysregulation and dystonia-like movements induced by sensorimotor stress in a pharmacological mouse model of rapid-onset dystonia-parkinsonism. Experimental Neurology 323:113109, 2019.

Dalmay T*, Abs E*, Poorthuis RB, Hartung J, Pu D, Onasch S, Lozano Y, Signoret-Genest J, Tovote P, Gjorgjieva J, Letzkus JJ. A critical role for neocortical processing of threat memory. Neuron 104(6):1180-1194, 2019.

August 2019

Stengel H, Vural A, Brunder AM, Heinius A, Appeltshauser L, Fiebig B, Giese F, Dresel C, Papagianni A, Birklein F, Weis J, Huchtemann T, Schmidt C, Körtvelyessy P, Villmann C, Meinl E, Sommer C, Leypoldt F, Doppler K. Anti-pan-neurofascin IgG3 as a marker of fulminant autoimmune neuropathy. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2019, 6. pii: e603. doi: 10.1212/NXI.0000000000000603.

Zlotos DP, Mohsen AMY, Mandour YM, Marzouk MA, Breitinger U, Villmann C, Breitinger HG, Sotriffer C, Jensen AA, Holzgrabe U. 11-Aminostrychnine and N-(strychnine-11-yl) propionamide: Synthesis, Configuration, and Pharmacological evaluation at glycine receptors. J Nat Prod. 2019, 82:2332-2336. doi: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.9b00180

Kitzenmaier A, Schaefer N, Kasaragod VB, Polster T, Hantschmann R, Schindelin H, Villmann C.The P429L loss of function mutation of the human glycine transpoerter 2 associated with hyperekplexia. Eur J Neurosci. 2019, doi: 10.1111/ejn.14533.

April 2019

Doppler K, Schuster Y, Appeltshauser L, Biko L, Villmann C, Weishaupt A, Werner C, Sommer C. Anti-CNTN1 IgG3 induces actue conduction block and motor deficits in a passive transfer rat model. J Neuroinflammation 2019, 16(1):73. doi: 10.1186/s12974-019-1462-z.

January 2019

Schaefer N, Janzen D, Bakirci E, Hrynevich A, Dalton PD, Villmann C (2019) 3D electrophysiological measurements on cells embedded within fiber-reinforced Matrigel. Adv Healthcare Mat 8(5):e1801226 DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201801226

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