Associated Institute - Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max-Planck-Society

Associated Institute - Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max-Planck-Society

As a private research institute, the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience performes medical scientific projects mainly in the field of cognitive brain research. The Institute’s scientists research the principles behind the communication and interaction between the billions of cells in the brain, how the particular dynamics of the brain arise in the process, and how these interactions ultimately shape human behaviour.

The legally independent Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience cooperates closely with the Max Planck Society: the selection of its scientists and evaluation of its research studies are carried out in accordance with the Max Planck Society’s criteria for excellence, and its Directors are Scientific Members of the MPS. The Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience is financed by the Ernst Strüngmann Foundation which was established by the brothers Andreas and Thomas Strüngmann in memory of their father Ernst Strüngmann in 2008.


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PhD opportunities

This institute has no International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS).

There is always the possibility to do a PhD. Please contact the directors or research group leaders at the Institute.

Measuring the brain

Scientists discover two spatially separate sub-areas within the anterior cingulate cortex of mice

Neurons with good timing

A new class of neurons aids communication in the visual system


Look again

July 18, 2019

Brain rhythms show what humans see

Cell number determines structure of neural maps

Frankfurt researchers find a simple explanation for the typical patterns of nerve cells inside neural maps

The brain communicates on several channels

The human brain uses several frequency bands for the flow of information between lower and higher areas

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PhD Positions in Neuroscience

Associated Institute - Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max-Planck-Society, Frankfurt am Main November 16, 2020

Whatever we perceive, feel or do, is accomplished through communication between neurons in the brain. Neural communication is shaped by temporal interactions between inhibitory and excitatory neurons. We at the Ernst Strüngmann Institute for neuroscience have discovered a new type of cell that might aid precise information transmission by providing the right timing.


Information processing in the cerebral cortex

2018 Singer, Wolf

Medicine Neurosciences

In many domains, artificial intelligent systems are already able to outperform biological systems. However, some computational strategies that were realized by biological systems, in particular the cerebral cortex, differ substantially from those applied in artificial systems. Our research aims to elucidate these principles, expecting that a better understanding of the functions of natural systems will help uncover the causes of disease related disturbances and allow the design of much more efficient artificial systems.


Neuronal patterns and the formation of memory

2017 Vinck, Martin

Medicine Neurosciences

Spontaneous activity patterns are strongly implicated in memory consolidation processes. Neuronal activity patterns and sensory responses depend strongly on behavioral state. Active behavioral states are associated with enhanced gain, the presence of fast cortical dynamics, and a reduction in spontaneous activity. Inactive behavioral states like sleep are associated with enhanced spontaneous activity, reduced response gain, and slow cortical dynamics that are temporally highly structured. These effects depend strongly on the activity of specific GABAergic interneurons.


How neuronal rhythms influence effective connectivity in the brain

2016 Wunderle, Thomas

Medicine Neurosciences

The processing of sensory information is hard work for our brain: Millions of neurons have to work together to process the flood of information about our environment. In the past years it became obvious that the rhythmic synchronization between cortical areas plays an important role in the directed routing of information in the brain. New experiments reveal that neuronal rhythms can modulate the gain of incoming stimuli. This mechanism gives an explanation of how we can consciously perceive an isolated object by focusing our attention on it.


The cerebral cortex, a high dimensional, dynamic system

2015 Singer, Wolf; Lazar, Andreea

Medicine Neurosciences

Theoretical considerations and experimental findings suggest that the cerebral cortex uses a principle for the encoding and processing of information that is still little explored. It is based on the high dimensionality of dynamic states of recurrent networks.

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