Events Mittwoch, 29. September 2021

Brain Day - SFB 874

Der BRAIN DAY geht in eine neue Runde…

In diesem Jahr wird es den BRAIN DAY erstmals rein virtuell als Zoom-Konferenz geben. Das Organisationsteam des SFB 874 reagiert damit auf die Corona-bedingte Absage im vergangenen Jahr. Als virtuelles Format bietet die Neuauflage 2021 größtmögliche Sicherheit für die Gesundheit und Planung aller Besucherinnen und Besucher. Die Teilnahme am BRAIN DAY ist wie immer kostenlos, um Anmeldung per Email wird gebeten unter:

Im Programm u.a.

TECHNISCHE „BRAIN HACKS“ – Welche Zugriffsmöglichkeiten haben wir auf Gehirnaktivität?
PD Dr. Dirk Jancke, Optical Imaging Lab, Institut für Neuroinformatik



Wie entstehen visuelle Wahrnehmungen? Wie werden aus der Vielzahl aktiver Nervenzellen im Gehirn Gedanken geformt? Wie kodiert das Gehirn Informationen und wie können wir darauf zugreifen oder sie gar verändern? Privatdozent Dr. Dirk Jancke ist Vizesprecher des SFB 874 und erforscht Funktionen des Sehsystems mit Hinblick auf Wahrnehmung und Möglichkeiten deren Veränderbarkeit durch Lernvorgänge. In Vortrag werden einige grundlegende neurophysiologische Verfahren dargestellt, die helfen, sich der „Sprache“ des Gehirns zu nähern.

Past Events

Events Mittwoch, 22. September 2021

Bernstein Conference 2021

Due to the ongoing pandemic the Bernstein Conference will be held online

Each year the Bernstein Network invites the international computational neuroscience community to the annual Bernstein Conference for intensive scientific exchange. It has established itself as one of the most renown conferences worldwide in this field, attracting students, postdocs and PIs from around the world to meet and discuss new scientific discoveries.

Our PhD student Ruxandra Barzan presents her work as a Poster, Wednesday, Sep 22, 14:15 CEST

Events Dienstag, 29. Juni 2021

We are glad to welcome our Erasmus student

Beyza Bozkurt

Beyza studies at the Faculty of Life Sciences, Abdullah University, Kayseri, Turkey and joins our group in the framework of an Erasmus internship for half a year.

Events Dienstag, 27. April 2021

Virtual Meeting

The poster shows serotonin-producing neurons in the brainstem. Figure from our recent study published in Elife (

Events Montag, 15. März 2021

Interview about our new visual prosthesis project

(in German)

Events Dienstag, 9. März 2021

Fall of a Dogma in Visual Neuroscience

Darks and Lights

The ‘Yin–Yang’ of Vision Depends on Luminance

In a Trends of Neurosciences Spotlight we highlight a recent study by Rahimi-Nasrabadi et al. which shows that our ability to perceive image contrast changes throughout the day.

Events Mittwoch, 9. Dezember 2020

Our student Zohre Azimi received PhD - Congratulations!

In the framework of the programme of the RUB International Graduate School of Neuroscience Zohre successfully defended her thesis entitled:

The effect of serotonergic modulation on visual processing

The Committee evaluated her work and its oral presentation with the grade "summa cum laude"

Events Montag, 23. November 2020

New Grant Support

We announce funding of our new project in the framework of the ERA-Net Neuron Scheme, supported by the European Commission (EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020”).

I-See” - Improving intracortical visual prostheses

The project brings together scientists from Germany, Switzerland, and Canada, with expertise in computational and theoretical neuroscience and complementary experimental methods. The project is funded for 3 years with 900.000 €.

Link zur RUB Pressemitteilung / Press release Uni-Bremen

For blind patients who cannot profit from a retinal implant, intracortical visual prostheses offer great promise. However, at the time, intracortical prostheses have had limited success, mainly because they require strong stimulation currents, which generate non-specific percepts, and which may also bear the risk of tissue damage. We address these limitations by targeting complex response properties of neural populations in areas beyond primary visual cortex to generate more specific percepts and link electrical stimulation patterns in a closed-loop setup. Together these approaches will provide further insight into brain dynamics, while exploring options for its external stimulation and the potential of interfaces to target perceptual content.

Events Freitag, 3. Juli 2020

Bio(s) in Congress

Our student Alexander Novosad presents his Master Thesis - in Corona times online!

Titel: "Wie wirkt Serotonin im Cortex?"

Program on facebook

Events Montag, 4. Mai 2020

Our article in PLoS ONE

Warum Sehen ein Entscheidungsprozess ist.

Perception of the difference between past and present stimulus: A rare orientation illusion may indicate incidental access to prediction error-like signals. PLoS ONE 15(5): e0232349.

Link to Press release, Pressemitteilung (english, deutsch)

Link to online publication

Events Dienstag, 7. April 2020

Our article in eLife

In cooperation with the Herlitze Lab at the Ruhr University, our students Zohre Azimi and Ruxandra Barzan show how Serotonin balances internal brain activity and external visual input by combining state-of-the-art optogenetics, wide-field optical imaging, electrophysiology and pharmacological manipulations in vivo.

Link to online publication

Events Samstag, 19. Oktober 2019

Society for Neuroscience Meeting, Chicago, 19.-23. October, 2019

Our student Zohre Azimi participated with a poster of her study via the "Science Knows No Borders" program.

Unfortunately, she did not get a Visa in time to present her work personally. The foto shows her poster that was printed at the conference site and tagged with a hint to the SFN "Science Knows No Borders" program.

Events Mittwoch, 25. September 2019


Under the motto "From Fundamental Research to Therapy", the ninth BRAIN DAY will take place on the 25th September 2019. The programme can be found here.

Events Freitag, 5. Juli 2019

New "THINK" building

The Joint Science Conference (GWK) approved funding for a new research facility at the Ruhr University Bochum. THINK, Center for Theoretical and Integrative Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. THINK will facilitate a novel integrative and interdisciplinary approach to understanding cognition and the underlying neural mechanisms. Dirk Jancke participated as principal investigator in the grant application. The initiative is coordinated by Onur Güntürkün (speaker) and Sen Cheng (deputy speaker). For oficial press release from the Ruhr University Bochum see (in German only).

Events Mittwoch, 5. Juni 2019

Concluding Colloquium - DFG Priority Program SPP1656

How tools and models resolve the neuronal networks in the mammalian brain: six years of collaborative research


Events Montag, 6. Mai 2019

Our lab organizes an IGSN Symposium entiteld "Psychophysics in humans and optogenetics in mice"

Guest speakers:

Thomas Knöpfel and Chenchen Song from Imperial College, London (

Michael Herzog, EPFL SV, Brain and Mind Institute, Lausanne (

Titles of talks tba - for futher info see International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN)

Invited talks Mittwoch, 17. April 2019

Dirk Jancke gives a "Global Excellence Lecture" at the Hvidovre Hospital - Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR)

The DRCMR is one of the leading research centres in Europe within the field of biomedical MRI. A highly profiled international research team translates the latest advances in MRI to examine the brain's function, metabolism and structure.

Host: Hartwig R. Siebner, Axel Thielscher

Events Montag, 1. April 2019

Our PhD Student Zohre Azimi participates in the G-Node Advanced Neural Data Analysis (ANDA) Course, Jülich-Barmen, Germany.

The course is addressed to excellent master and PhD students and young researchers who are interested in learning advanced techniques in data analytics and in getting hands-on experience in the analysis of electrophysiological data. Internationally renowned researchers will give lectures on statistical data analysis and data mining methods with accompanying exercises.

Bernstein Netzwerk Computational Neuroscience

Invited talks Sonntag, 24. Februar 2019

Dirk Jancke held a Plenary Lecture at the 3rd International Brain Stimulation Conference, 24.-27. February 2019, Vancoucer, Canada

Brain stimulation methods, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), offer new approaches to therapeutics for brain disorders. Jancke's group uses an innovative imaging method with voltage-sensitive dye to track at submilimeter range and high temporal resolution, TMS-induced plastic functional changes across the brain.

The conference program included 30 distinct 2-hour symposia, along with 12 plenary lectures, 3 poster sessions, and 4 Meet the Expert workshops.

Invited talks Dienstag, 25. September 2018

Dirk Jancke presents work from the lab at the Satellite Workshop entitled “Sensory neurons: Predictive coding or coding for predictions?"

Bernstein Conference - Satellite Workshops

Events Samstag, 7. Juli 2018

Our PhD students Zohre Azimi and Ruxandra Barzan present their results at the FENS Meeting in Berlin.

Events Freitag, 6. Juli, 09:00 Uhr

Past, future, present: All-in V1. Satellite FENS Meeting - ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function. Organized by Michael Ibbotson and Ulf Eysel. Berlin

Invited talks Freitag, 6. Juli 2018

Dirk Jancke presents recent work from the lab at FENS Satellite Symposium entitled “Receptive fields: analysis, models and applications.


Co-organized by the Australian Brain Function Centre of Excellence and Ruhr-University Bochum

FENS Satellite Symposium Homepage

Events Mittwoch, 20. Juni 2018

INI Seminar: Dirk Jancke talks about current developments in optical imaging.

Events Donnerstag, 17. Mai 2018

We are glad to welcome Matthew Chalk presenting his recent findings in our SFB 874 Colloquium.

Events Montag, 16. April 2018

Viktor Studenyak joins our lab for his Bachelor Thesis

Invited talks Freitag, 10. März 2017

V1 Population Dynamics and Plasticity.

Host: Thomas Knöpfel, Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK.

Invited talks Mittwoch, 12. Oktober 2016

Shaping activity patterns in V1: TMS-induced plasticity and context-dependent dynamics.

Host: Michael Herzog, Carl Petersen, Brain Mind Institute (BMI), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Invited talks Dienstag, 12. April 2016

Context-dependent changes of V1 population dynamics.

Host: John-Dylan Haynes, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Charité, Berlin.

Invited talks Montag, 18. Mai 2015

Voltage-sensitive Dye Imaging of Brain Dynamics. Research Department Neuroscience, Ruhr University Bochum.

Invited talks Mittwoch, 16. Oktober 2013

Gonda Brain Research Colloquium, Dirk Jancke reports work of the German-Israeli Project "Decoding visual content and perception from neuronal population activity in visual cortex: VSDI, fMRI and computational modelling"

at Gonda Multidisciplinary Research Center Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Events Montag, 2. Juli 2012

Our lab organizes an IGSN Symposium entiteld "Decoding Visual Content and Perception from Neuronal Population Activity in Visual Cortex: VSDI, fMRI and Computational Modelling"

Guest speakers:

Hamutal Slovin
Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

John-Dylan Haynes
Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin

Shimon Ullman
Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Invited talks Dienstag, 13. September 2011

Population dynamics across the visual brain imaged with voltage-sensitive dye.

Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, UK.

Invited talks Donnerstag, 9. Dezember 2010

VSD imaging as a tool to study functional activity at mesoscopic population levels.

Host: Frederic Chavane, C.N.R.S. Marseille, France.

Invited talks Donnerstag, 22. April 2010

Voltage-sensitive dye imaging of the visual brain: Capturing neuronal activity dynamics at the population level.

Symposium Perspectives of Molecular Imaging in Systems Neuroscience, MPI für Biologische Kybernetik, Tübingen.

Invited talks Montag, 28. September 2009

Spatio-temporal dynamics of brain activity captured with voltage-sensitive dye imaging. Symposium Systems Neurobiology, University of Göttingen, 28-29. September, 2009.

Invited talks Freitag, 16. Januar 2009

Voltage-sensitive dye imaging as a tool to capture large-scale activation dynamics across the brain.

Host: Gustavo Deco, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Invited talks Donnerstag, 4. September 2008

Dynamic computation in early visual cortex captured by VSD imaging and parallel electrophysiology. International Workshop - Aspects of adaptive dynamics - Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst.

Invited talks Sonntag, 8. Juni 2008

From Luminance changes to Natural Scenes: Voltage-sensitive Dye Imaging in Primary Visual Brain Areas. German-USA Collaborative Symposium on Computational Neuroscience, Munich.

Invited talks Freitag, 25. Januar 2008

Population dynamics induced by local motion visualized with voltage-sensitive dye imaging in primary visual cortex.

Host: Thomas Wennekers, Centre for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience, University of Plymouth, UK.

Invited talks Dienstag, 27. November 2007

Kortikale Aktivitätswellen in primären visuellen Arealen optisch registriert mittels fluoreszenter spannungsabhängiger Farbstoffe. Otto Witte, Interdisziplinären Zentrums für Klinische Forschung (IZKF) Jena Klinikum der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena.

Invited talks Dienstag, 1. Mai 2007

Cortical Activity Streaks evoked by Fast Moving Stimuli form to Patterns that Map Orientation of Motion Trajectories - Voltage-Sensitive Dye Imaging across Cat Primary Visual Cortex. Soc Neurosci Abstr 37.

San Diego, CA, USA

Invited talks Donnerstag, 29. März 2007

Population dynamics in cat early visual cortex evoked by local motion.

Symposium 22: Real-time voltage-sensitive dye imaging of cortical network activities across sensory modalities.

Invited talks Dienstag, 5. Dezember 2006

Shaping visual space from subthreshold activity in primary visual cortex: Combined voltage-sensitive dye imaging and electrophysiology in cat area 18.

Host: Fred Wolf, Max-Planck Institut für Strömungsforschung, Bernstein Center Computational Neuroscience, Göttingen.

Invited talks Dienstag, 31. Oktober 2006

Cortical activity visualized by voltage-sensitive dye imaging: Dynamics of subthreshold and suprathreshold activity patterns across primary visual cortex. Center for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics (CNNR) – University of Sussex, England.

PD Dr. Dirk Jancke

Institut für Neuroinformatik NB2/27
Ruhr University Bochum
44780 Bochum

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