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From Neuron to Behavior

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 232637

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2009

  • End date

    31 January 2014

Funded under:

FP7-IDEAS-ERC

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 499 600

  • EU contribution

    € 2 499 600

Hosted by:

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany

Objective

In the present proposal I will describe a novel research agenda for understanding the neural basis of mammalian behavior. Three central problems prevent current research from explaining mammalian behavior in terms of neural mechanisms. First, there is a preponderance of correlative evidence in systems neuroscience. Second there is generally insufficient information about the individual neuron(s) under study. Third, there is a lack of integration of information. Current neuroscience is characterized by strongly diverging research interests and this highly divergent and specialized research program cannot lead to systemic understanding of brain function. We will confront these problems by three novel research approaches: (1) We will establish a causal link between cellular activity and behavior by a single-cell-stimulation / reverse physiology approach. (2) We will obtain rich information about single neurons by whole-cell recordings in awake behaving animals. (3) We will perform a whole-brain-analysis of a novel model organism, the Etruscan shrew, in which we will record the activity of all neurons in the shrew s brain. The research proposed here is unique, because as no other research group investigates brain function by a single-cell-stimulation, by intracellular recordings in freely moving animals, or by whole-brain analysis. The research outlined here will probe the relationship of neural activity and behavior in an entirely unprecedented fashion.
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Principal Investigator

Michael Brecht (Prof.)

Host institution

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Address

Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 499 600

Principal Investigator

Michael Brecht (Prof.)

Administrative Contact

Ulrich Winderl

Beneficiaries (1)

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 2 499 600

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 232637

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2009

  • End date

    31 January 2014

Funded under:

FP7-IDEAS-ERC

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 499 600

  • EU contribution

    € 2 499 600

Hosted by:

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany