The Hamburg Center of NeuroScience (HCNS) constitutes a network of neuroscientific activites in Hamburg from the molecular level to clinical research. It provides numerous interfaces between institutes, faculties, and universities in Hamburg.
The HCNS network unites members from different clinics and institutes of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, the University of Hamburg and the Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg.
The main mission of the HCNS is promoting and facilitating large collaborative research projects. Current examples are Collaborative Research Center 936 (SFB 936) in systems neuroscience, Collaborative Research Center TRR 169 (CML), the research group 2419 (FOR 2419) the focus program 1665 (SPP 1665), as well as several granted DFG, BMBF, and EU projects likeeuSNN, TENSION, NETS, WAKE-UP, IMAGEN. A second goal of equal importance is optimizing student training and career development of researchers in the neurosciences.
The HCNS comprises more then 400 scientists and doctoral students of 31 institutes and clinical departments of the UKE, the University of Hamburgand the Helmut-Schmidt University. The HCNS follows the general philosophy that modern neuroscientific methods make it possible to understand normal and pathological function of the brain and, by understanding disease mechanisms, develop novel and more effective treatments for diseases.
Key research networks
Collaborative Research Center 936
Exploring neuronal networks and processes of neuroplasticity in the brain in close interdisciplinary cooperation with neurophysiology, psychiatry, systemic neuroscience and computational neuroscience.