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Functionality of Cortical Circuits

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dirk Feldmeyer.

Contact at Forschungszentrum Jülich: 

Wilhelm-Johnen-Straße, 52428 Jülich
phone +49 2461 61 5226
fax      +49 2461 61 1778

This working group investigates the structural and functional aspects of synaptic transmission and its modulation at the level of neuronal networks, individual neurons and neocortical synapses both during development and in adulthood. For this purpose, it uses the somatosensory cortex of rodents, in particular the barrel field, as a model. The team studies the individual neuronal circuits within a cortical column in detail by examining slices of the brain. The long-term objective is to clarify and model the structural and functional organization of neurons and their synaptic connections in a cortical column. The working group cooperates with the Forschungszentrum Jülich within the JARA-BRAIN research alliance. In addition, the group is part of the Helmholtz Alliance on Systems Biology of the Barrel Cortex Function (BaCoFun) research group, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and of the International Research Training Group (IRTG 2150).

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