Neuronal circuit research
Understanding neural circuits is not only the basis of understanding how the nervous system functions, but also of how dysfunctions of the nervous system result in disease and neurological disorders. Such dysfunctions are often rooted in systematic communication problems between neurons and in how they form neural circuits. Thus, with our research, we hope to contribute to improved treatments for diseases of the nervous system and psychological disorders.
The circuit neuroscience community in Basel
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The brain is the organ of the human body that controls our movements, gives rise to conscious perception, thought, emotions, and enables us to learn, to plan, to make decisions, to reason, and to engage in the myriad of other functions that make us human. The brain is composed of billions of neurons that communicate with each other in a network that is shaped by development and learning. Akin to the way we design electronic circuits, evolution is thought to have used the trick of using smaller networks, referred to as neural circuit, as repeating building blocks of larger networks. We believe that the key to understanding brain function lies in understanding these building blocks of the nervous system, the neural circuits.