SYStems Neurobiology

Jun 22, 2021
Research Training group Approach/Avoidance

The  DFG is funding the research training group “Neural mechanisms of  (mal)adaptive approach and avoidance behaviour” (RTG 2660, spokesperson  Matthias Gamer), starting in the fall of 2021 and running for an initial 4 years. From  the perspectives of psychology, psychiatry and neurobiology, an  interdisciplinary group of young researchers aim to acquire a better  understanding of a wide range of animal and human behaviour. Learn more

Mar 16, 2021
Master study course - Translational Neuroscience

Application  for the winter term 2021/22 University of Wuerzburg Translational  Neuroscience MSc program is now closed. Lectures and  seminars will start on 18th October 2021. The next application period  for winter term 2022/23 will be open from 15 January to 15 March 2022.

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May 1, 2021
Emotion networks

EC Horizon 2020 has funded a European Training Network to study the  ‘Cerebellum and emotional networks’. The  award for over 4.5 million euros creates a virtual institute of 7 European universities and 7 industry/charity partners. The University Hospital Würzburg participates with the Defense Circuits Lab at the Institute of Clinical Neurobiology. The funds will support 15 early stage researchers working across the consortium over the next 4 years. Learn more

PhD positions within the CEN are available- apply now until mid-July!

Oct 11, 2020
Resolving pain

The DFG has granted funding for the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) "ResolvePAIN -Peripheral mechanisms of pain and its resolution" based at University Hospital of Würzburg (UKW). The speaker, Claudia Sommer from the Department of Neurology, and the scientific coordinator, Heike Rittner from the Department of Anesthesiology, are enthusiastic about bringing together 17 clinical and basic science researchers from Würzburg, Berlin and Leipzig, to work together on the subject of pain resolution in this first 4-year period. The consortium has a strong focus on translational research and on promoting young scientists. Postdoc, clinician scientist and PhD positions within the CRU are now open.

Jun 24, 2020
Retuning brain function

The DFG has announced funding for the Transregional Collaborative Research Center (CRC) "Retuning dynamic motor network disorders using neuromodulation". Coordinated by Andrea Kühn from the Charité University Medical Center in Berlin and Jens Volkmann from the University Hospital Würzburg, this large consortium brings together 32 clinical and basic researchers as project leaders within 16 scientific and 3 core projects. Over an initial 4-year period, "Retune" will address fundamental mechanisms as well as concrete applications of deep brain stimulation to treat movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and Dystonia. Postdoc, PhD and technician positions within the CRC are now open.

Jan 5, 2020
Empathy research

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)

Autumn School Translational

The Translational Neuroscience Autumn School 2021 (28th -29th Oct) focuses on connectomics, neuronal circuits and behavior, neurodevelopmental psychiatry, neurogenesis, as well as methods and techniques used in translational neuroscience. Due to the pandemic, the meeting will likely again be held in an online format. Senior experts and young investigators from different fields of neuroscience will discuss their research topics with Master and PhD students, young scientists, and Postdocs interested in neuroscience approaches. Master and graduate students are invited to expand their knowledge on special neuroscience topics, but also to further their education to successfully address the challenges in neuroscience.

Registration period:

1st Sept - 10th Oct 2021

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Latest publications
Jul 15, 2021

Janzen et al.

Sesquiterpenes and sesquiterpenoids harbor modulatory allosteric potential and affect inhibitory GABA-A receptor function in vitro

Journal of Neurochemistry

Jul 06, 2021

Whittle et al.

Central amygdala micro-circuits mediate fear extinction

Nature Communications

May 29, 2021

Briese and Sendtner

Keeping the balance: The noncoding RNA 7SK as a master regulator for neuron development and function


May 27, 2021

Khayenko et al.

Sylites: Multipurpose markers for the visualization of inhibitory synapses

BioRxiv Preprint

Apr 29, 2021

Doppler et al.

Autoantibodies to cortactin and agrin in sera of patients with myasthenia gravis

Journal of Neuroimmunology

Mar 29, 2021

Deng and Moradi et al.

Dynamic remodeling of presynaptic endoplasmic reticulum is coordinated through actin and microtubule crosstalk and contributes to defective stimulus-response in Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Preprint on Research Square

Mar 19, 2021

Knorr et al.

The evolution of dystonia-like movements in TOR1A rats after transient nerve injury is accompanied by dopaminergic dysregulation and abnormal oscillatory activity of a central motor network

Neurobiology of Disease

Feb 24, 2021

Ji et al.

Interaction of 7SK with the Smn complex modulates snRNP production

Nature Communications

Oct 19, 2020

Daniels et al.

Combined subthalamic and nucleus basalis of Meynert deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease with dementia (DEMPARK-DBS): protocol of a randomized, sham-controlled trial

Neurological Research and Practice

Aug 12, 2020

Andreska et al.

Induction of BDNF Expression in Layer II/III and Layer V Neurons of the Motor Cortex Is Essential for Motor Learning

Journal of Neuroscience

Aug 11, 2020

Schaefer et al.

Anxiety and Startle Phenotypes in Glrb Spastic and Glra1 Spasmodic Mouse Mutants

Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience

Jul 21, 2020

Fleischer et al.

Development of a Fully Implantable Stimulator for Deep Brain Stimulation in Mice

Frontiers in Neuroscience

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!

Martin Reich

Oct. 28, 2019

Martin Reich

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 issue of May 2019. Read the interview

Basil el Jundi

Sep. 10, 2018

Basil el Jundi

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.

Patrick Lüningschrör

Nov 27, 2017

Patrick Lüningschrör

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