Max Planck-Hebrew University Center

The Max Planck Society and Hebrew University of Jerusalem have established the Max Planck-Hebrew University Center for Sensory Processing of the Brain in Action. The participating principal investigators are Tobias Bonhoeffer, Alexander Borst and Bert Sakmann from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Munich, and Moritz Helmstaedter from the MPI for Brain Research, Frankfurt – and on the Israeli side Idan Segev, Adi Mizrahi and Haim Sompolinsky from the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Researchers from both institutions are investigating the functional building blocks of the brain – its neuronal circuits – in joint projects. Their aim is to decode the correlation between the processing of sensory impressions and behaviour. The team of scientists at the Center brings together know-how in the different sensory systems – touch, vision, hearing and olfaction. It also works with different animal models, such as flies and mice.

The research partnership promotes exchange between German and Israeli scientists, and also includes the support of junior scientists. To this effect, talented post-doctoral scientists are offered scholarship programmes over periods of three to five years, and can carry out research at both locations.

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