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COVID-19 precautions at ESI

The number of COVID-19 infections in Germany is on the rise. In order to help slowing down the spread of the virus, ESI adopts the general recommendations for social distancing. As a consequence visits to the ESI are restricted. … read more

Research Groups

Fries Lab | Neuronal synchronization's mechanisms, its consequences and its cognitive functions.

Singer Lab | Neuronal processes underlying higher cognitive functions and their deterioration in disease

Cuntz Lab | What are the fundamental principles of wiring in the brain?

Havenith & Schölvinck Lab | How do brains simultaneously encode multiple cognitive processes during natural behaviour?

Laurens Lab | Electrophysiology and modeling of navigation and vestibular systems.

Vinck Lab | Neural coding: How does the brain use prediction and timing to encode information?


… to the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society. The ESI is an independent research institute financed by the Ernst Strüngmann Foundation which was created by Drs. Andreas and Thomas Strüngmann and named after their father Dr. Ernst Strüngmann. The ESI is under the scientific governance of the Max Planck Society with the mission to perform excellent fundamental brain research. ESI research focuses on understanding how the many parts of the brain work together to bring about our behaviour.


Art and artificial neurons

ESI scientists Hermann Cuntz and Marvin Weigand publish their research in an unusual way. Their simulated neurons are currently being exhibited at the renowned art museum Centre Pompidou in Paris. … read more

A new class of neurons with good timing

Just like in human communication, effective neural communication depends on listening to each other at just the right time. Now ESI-Scientists have discovered a new type of cell that might help the brain to do exactly that. … read more

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