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Hans-Peter Thier and Stefan Treue Spokesmen of new Research Unit

Hans-Peter Thier and Stefan Treue are spokesman and co-spokesman, respectively, of the new Research Unit "Physiological basis of distributed information processing as basis of higher brain functions in non-human primates" (October 2013).

Stefan Treue (left, BCCN, BFNT, DPZ and University of Göttingen) and Hans-Peter Thier (BCCN and University of Tübingen). Image: Karin Tilch.

Who wants to understand cognitive functions such as perception or communication, needs to know the underlying information flows in the brain - starting at the neuronal and synaptic level up to cross-interactions between brain areas. The Research Unit "Physiological basis of distributed information processing as basis of higher brain functions in non-human primates" brings together neuroscientists from Tübingen, Göttingen, Frankfurt and Marburg to study information assimilation and its modulations in defined neural circuits. Using modern electrophysiological methods, the researchers want to gain new insights into central cognitive skills and processes that could not be obtained in humans and rodents. The projects will also establish ethical standards and viewpoints for experiments with primates and make them transparent.

The Research Unit "Physiological basis of distributed information processing as basis of higher brain functions in non-human primates" receives about 3.5 million € over the next three years.

As announced by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) on October 10, 2013, five new Research Units will be established. Like all Research Units, they will span several locations and disciplines.

Read the complete press release by the DFG, the Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research and the German Primate Center (DPZ) (in German)