RESEARCH CENTER NEUROSENSORY SCIENCE
From sensory organ to perception
How do pictures from in our heads or does music come into our ears?
How do our ears manage to perceive and transmit the information relevant to us from a multitude of sounds?
How does permanent pain change our brain?
How do birds and fish orient themselves?
The Research Centre Neurosensoric wants to find answers to these and similar questions and contribute to the following:
Elucidation of the processes through which our brain creates an inner image of the surrounding world based on the messages of our sensory organs
Understand processes that create first sensory building blocks in the sensory organs from the flood of sensory impressions and process that constructs a perception in the brain
The Research Centre Neurosensoric is characterized by:
Interdisciplinary composition - neurobiologists, biologists, psychophysicists, physicians, psychologists and biochemists work together
Modern techniques - from molecular biology to optogenetics and imaging techniques (neuroimaging, next generation sequencing etc.) to algorithm development are applied
Contemporary infrastructure - latest research equipment (e.g. Leica TCS STED CW, MRT, MEG), modern laboratories, research centre Neurosensoric and safety-critical systems (Nessy)facility
Networking of researchers beyond faculty boundaries and support for common applications:
- Methods/devices e.g. STED microscope
- Promotion of young talent: DFG-GK "Molecular basis of sensory biology ",
- MWK program "Signals and Cognitions", etc.
- Third-party applications at the DFG (e.g. FG "individualized Acoustics", SFB "active hearing")
and the EU
- Application-related projects: Network for multilingual hearing and speech intelligibility diagnostics, affinity-regulated artificial synapses
- Excellence Cluster Hearing for all
Neurobiologists, psychophysicists, psychologists, acoustician, engineers, biochemists, neurogenetics and physicians work together to elucidate the processes through which our brains, based on the messages of our sensory organs, have an inner image of the surrounding World. These are processes that create the first sensory building blocks in the sensory organs from the flood of sensory impressions and the processes that construct a perception in the brain. Special attention is given to the investigation of interactions of different sensory impressions. In accordance with the interdisciplinary composition of the Research Centre, a number of modern techniques are used, ranging from molecular biology to imaging techniques to algorithm development.
Over the past few years, the University of Oldenburg has established over 30 working groups in the field of neural sensorics. The Research Centre Neurosensorik sees itself as the umbrella organisation for these groups. It combines the interdisciplinary activities of the various working groups and also takes on an active role in the promotion of cooperation with non-university institutions. An important task of the Centre is the promotion of young scientists and further training in the research areas concerned.
In order to strengthen the interdisciplinary research work, the Neurosensoric Research Centre was restructured in the year 2014 - five sections were created which dedicate themselves on thematic areas within the neurosensory science at the University of Oldenburg.
Neurosensory science as research focus of the University of Oldenburg
The University of Oldenburg has agreed on the following three key themes for research and teaching based on criteria that have emerged as a national and international benchmark:
"Environment and sustainability", "Man and Technology" and "Society and Education".
The theme "Man and Technology" unites the focal points of hearing research, cooperative safety-critical systems, neurosensory science as well as supply systems and patient orientation.
Speakers of the research focus Neurosensoric are:
Prof. Dr. Karl-Wilhelm Koch
Prof. Dr. Christiane Thiel and
Prof. Dr. Hans-Gerd Nothwang.