Collaborative Research Centers
Collaborative Research Centers
Collaborative Research Center 779
The German Research Foundation (DFG) agreed to the establish and fund the Collaborative Research Center 779 - neurobiology of motivated behavior (SFB 779) at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OvGU) end of November 2008. In September 2011, SFB 779 was successful in maintaining its claim by reapplying for funding by the DFG, which was granted for further 4 years. The DFG funding for the location Magdeburg totals to about 2 million Euros since 2008.
Collaborative Research Center 854
Collaborative Research Center 854 –
molecular organization of cellular
communication in the immune system
The German Research Foundation (DFG) agreed to the establish and fund the Collaborative Research Center 854 - molecular organization of cellular communication in the immune system at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OvGU). In the funding period of 2010-2014, the SFB will receive a total of 9.3 million Euros in DFG funding for interdisciplinary research projects. The Chair University is OvGU with Chairman Professor Dr. Burkhart Schraven and further funding was accredited to the Free University Berlin. The project is in collaboration with the Helmholtz-Center for infectious disease research in Braunschweig and the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg.
Collaborative Research Center Transregio 62
Collaborative Research Center
Transregio 62 – a companion -
technology for cognitive technical systems
Situated at OvGU since 2009, the llaborative Research Center Transregio 62 – a companion - technology for cognitive technical systems, has been funded to-date with 7.5 million Euros and continues to be funded by the DFG. The second four-year funding period was approved in January 2013 with a SFB / TRR volume of almost nine million euros. If successful, an extension until the end of 2020 is possible.
Collaborative Research Center 31
The focus of the Transregional Collaborative Research Center 31 – active hearing, which was approved in 2005 by the German Research Foundation is how the hearing systems works under complex stimulus situations. Physicians, psychologists, biologists and physicists from the Universities of Magdeburg and Oldenburg and the Leibniz-Institute Magdeburg work in this SFB to both the neurological basis of the processing of acoustic signals in the auditory system as well as their simulation using computer models. The transregional SFB was funded with almost 5 million Euros in the first four years. Meanwhile, two extensions were granted, so that the transregional SFB is now in its third phase until 2017 and is funded with EUR 9 million.
Combinatorial NeuroImaging Core Facility
The DFG approved the establishment and funding of the “Combinatorial Neuroimaging (CNI)” Core Facility at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg in 2012. The CNI Core Facility, which was instated under the direction of Dr. André Brechmann, Prof. Henning Scheich and Dr. Werner Zuschratter provides a platform for state-of-the-art techniques for macro-, meso-, and microscopic imaging. The scientific focus is in integrative combination of these techniques from the molecular to the systemic level in order to contribute to a comprehensive understanding of learning and memory processes.
STIMULATE research campus
On January 30th 2013 the STIMULATE research Campus (Solution Centre for Image Guided Local Therapies) for innovative medicinal technology was opened at OVGU in attendance of State Secretary Cornelia Quennet-Thielen of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the former science minister of Saxony-Anhalt, Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff, representatives of the state capital, and Siemens AG Healthcare representatives.
With increasing age, the risk of neurodegenerative diseases grows significantly. In Germany, approximately one million people above the age of 65 are currently suffering from the effects of dementia, and their numbers are inceasing steadily.
Given the demographic change, dementia research is one of the most important medical research areas of the future. In 2008, the Institute of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia Research (IKND) was therefore founded at the Medical School of Magdeburg. Here, among other things, the mechanisms of higher cognitive brain functions, such as memory, motivation, goal-directed behavior, decision making and behavioral control are studied.