The fascination of neuroresearch

Why did you become a neuroscientist?

Prof. Dr. Georg Auburger
Clinic of the JWGU, Clinic for Neurology

"I became a brain researcher because nothing has fascinated me more in my life than trying to understand human cognition, desires and passions."

Prof. Dr. Thomas Deller
Clinic of the JWGU, Institute for Neuroanatomy

"Investigating the brain and its diseases is one of the most important challenges of our time. As a clinical neuroanatomist, I am particularly interested in nerve cells and brain structures and their underlying role in brain function. I am particularly interested in the processes behind learning and memory, also because these can be impaired in many important diseases of the nervous system, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease."

PD Dr. med. Matthias Kieslich
Center for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Neuropediatrics/Child Neurology

"Brain research fascinates me because there is nothing more fascinating than the motoric and mental development of a child during its first year of life. The brain is the most complex and complicated human organ. Brain research means for me understanding healthy development and investigating diseases that threaten this, so one can recognize and treat them early on."

Prof. Dr. Horst-Werner Korf
Clinic of the JWGU, Institute for Experimental Neurobiology and Anatomy

"I became a brain researcher because since my undergraduate days it has interested me how our brain unconsciously controls rhythmic body functions."

Prof. Dr. Wolf Singer
MPI for Brain Research, Neurophysiology

"I became a brain researcher because I attended a seminar discussing the neurological basis for disturbed schizophrenic thought processes. The possibility of tracing mental phenomena back to neuronal interactions fascinated me."

Prof. Dr. Jean Smolders
AG Prof. Dr. Roeper

"The fascination of brain research lies in trying to think about how we think."

Prof. Dr. Jörg H. Stehle
Clinic of the JWGU, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Anatomy

"I became a neuroscientist because throughout my life I have always been interested in the limits of what is possible."

Prof. Dr. Jochen Triesch
FIAS

"When we investigate the brain we are finding out about ourselves – the very being of our mind. Learning processes such as the ability to create representations and models of our environment in our head particularly fascinate me."

Prof. Dr. Herbert Zimmermann
Institute for Cell Biology and Neurosciences, Neurochemistry

"I became a brain researcher because I saw it as a particular challenge to take on the most complex organ that evolution has ever produced. Brains control the behavior of living beings and their vegetative functions, they create a picture inside us of the surrounding living world, they communicate with each other and create handed down worlds. Those focusing on brain function soon learn that in the course of their research life they may only contribute a small amount to understanding it, and that despite more than a hundred years of intensive investigations, essential function processes of the brain still remain a mystery. On the other hand, brain research in the previous ten years has succeeded in gaining vital glimpses into disease mechanisms, and therapeutic possibilities to deal with acute or chronic diseases of the brain have grown impressively. This is one reason why in the last few years I have turned increasingly to questions with therapeutic relevance, with the aim of using approaches based on understanding physiological functions to repair damaged nervous systems."

BSc Psych. Silke Matura
Young researcher in the group of Prof. Pantel

"I became a brain researcher because the human memory has always fascinated me. With brain research methods I can learn much about the brain structures responsible for memory. I want to use my knowledge to contribute to developing new strategies for treating memory impairment."

Dr. Christian M. Müller
Young scientist in the group of Prof. Deller

"For me, brain research combines the creativity of art, the attraction of the unknown, the logic of physics, the doubt of philosophy, the carefree feeling of playing, the amazement of the observer and the hope of medicine."

Dr. Danko Nikolic
Young researcher in the group of Prof. Singer

"I became a brain researcher because the brain is very difficult to understand."

PhD student Christian Schultheis
Young researcher in the group of JuProf. Gottschalk

"I am training to be a neuroscientist not only because I want to learn about existing knowledge about this fascinating and extremely important theme, but also to contribute to finding out more!"

Dr. Andree Shalabi
Young researcher in the group of Prof. Korf

"We still know far too little about the brain. We administer drugs for some disorders, but don’t know exactly how or why they work. Neuroscientists are also in the situation that they must handle the brain with particular care. Transplantation is not yet possible. Therefore, we must try to find out and understand as much as possible. And this requires more neuroscientists."

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