The Hamburg Center of NeuroScience (HCNS) constitutes a network of neuroscientific activities in Hamburg from the molecular level to clinical research. It provides numerous interfaces between institutes, faculties, and universities in Hamburg.

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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.


Exciting publications on various topics are constantly being published in our network. Here you will find a selection of the best ones.


We organise high-level lectures within our network two to three times a year. Here you can find an overview of all previous lectures.

The main mission of the HCNS is promoting and facilitating large collaborative research projects.
Current examples can be found on the page projects.
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 Hamburg and 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.

Collaborative Research Center TRR 169

Interdisciplinary cooperation between the existing fields of artificial intelligence, psychology and neuroscience, focused on establishing the topic of crossmodal learning as a new discipline.

Research Unit FOR 2419

Investigation of different aspects of activity-dependent structural and functional synaptic plasticity at the molecular and cellular level.

Research Unit FOR 5159

Deciphering the dynamic principles of prefrontal processing underlying cognitive flexibility.