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Structure of Cortical Functional Units

Structure of Cortical Functional Units

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Joachim Lübke

Contact at Forschungszentrum Jülich:

Wilhelm-Johnen-Straße, 52428 Jülich
phone: +49 2461 61 2288
fax: +49 2461 61 1778

The working group investigates structural and functional aspects of synaptic transmission and plasticity at the level of neuronal networks, synapses and neurotransmitter receptors. The team uses three-dimensional models to show, quantify and compare the subcellular structure of individual synapses. These models, along with density maps of different neurotransmitter receptors, should help to shed light on how various central synapses function in normal and pathologically altered brains. The group collaborates with other working groups at Forschungszentrum Jülich within the JARA-BRAIN research alliance.