CBBS has supported a total of 4 Research Clusters, which have contributed significantly to the sustainability and network of the location:
The sub-projects of this cluster investigated the cellular and molecular processes in cerebral ischemias and provided a basis for the therapeutic intervention in ischeamic stroke. Cluster 1 had major involvement in bringing the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) to Magdeburg. Several Cluster associates are now employed at DZNE and continue their work by support of the Helmholtz Foundation. The yearly financial support for this location amounts to about 3.5 million Euro.
This cluster was tasked with interdisciplinary work of neuroscience and immunology (immunological synapse, synapse in the nervous system). The work funneled into collaborative research center 854, which is funded with around 3 million Euro a year, providing 36 positions.
This cluster examined questions surrounding neuro-prosthetics and included an engineering part as well as the neurobiological part. The work was continued in part under collaborative research center 779, which is funded with around 2 million Euro a year.
The work done here revolved around the questions of man-machine communication. Therefore, this cluster consist of both engineering and neurobiological components. These tasks funneled into the trans-regional collaborative research center 62 (in collaboration with the University of Ulm) which was funded with a total 7.5 million Euro in total up to this point. In 2013, the center went into its second 4-year approval with additional funding of 9 million Euro for this timeframe. Given the success of this project, an extension up to the end of 2020 is possible.