The Magdeburg Neurosciences as a research institution possess great national and international allure. Thematic highlights are the exploration of learning and memory, physiological and pathophysiological processes of brain plasticity, neuro-modulation and cognition. Particular emphasis is put on the parallel observation of human and animal behavior. The research approaches used are clinical human-experimental, systems-physiological animal-experimental, as well as molecular- and cellular-experimental.
The Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences (CBBS) founded in 2007 integrates these areas of research using its own methodological and technological platforms and coordinates their progress.
The CBBS is a central scientific institution of the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (OVGU) according to §99 Higher Education Act of the state of Saxony-Anhalt (HSG LSA). It is assigned to the rectorate, which also has administrative supervision. On the scientific level, the Center is a joint effort of the Otto-von-Guericke-University and the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN), which is based on a cooperation agreement of the two institutions. CBBS currently unites 85 neuroscientists of 6 faculties of OVGU, LIN and German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and is the recipient and administrator for the state excellency funds for neuroscience.
With CBBS, we have provided an architecture to specifically endorse excellent young scientists in the focus field of neurosciences by allowing them liberties in research at an early stage and by providing a funnel for approaches, methods and topics to achieve synergies and increment value for maximum results. The first funding period from 2007-2010 has shown that this new umbrella organizational structure is ideally suited to spark collaborations. Two Collaborative Research Centers (TRR-SFB 62 und SFB 779) have since emerged from CBBS collaborations. CBBS has also contributed to the founding of SFB 854 in the field of immunology, which contains the neuro-immunologic TWIN structure.
CBBS is funded through resources of the state of Saxony-Anhalt and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).