German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases/Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e. V. (DZNE Munich)
The DZNE Munich was found in September 2009 with the idea to strengthen and increase the existing research efforts of both Universities (Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität Munich, LMU and Technical University Munich, TUM) in the fields of neurobiology and neurodegeneration.
The DZNE is the only research institute in Germany dedicated to dementia and all its facets. A member of the Helmholtz Association and the first of six German centers for health research (DZG), the DZNE was established by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to combat the most important widespread disease.
Researchers at DZNE are engaged in understanding commonalities and differences between various brain diseases with the aim of developing new preventive and therapeutic approaches. At DZNE, fundamental research is tightly interconnected with clinical, epidemiological and health sciences with the aim of finding new diagnostic markers and enabling rapid development of new cures.
The Sonderforschungsbereich(SFB) 870: Assembly and Function of Neuronal Circuits in Sensory Processing
The main goal of the Collaborative Research Center / Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 870 is to bridge the gap between the detailed knowledge and understanding of molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying neuronal function in the central nervous system on one hand, and our rather correlative and descriptive knowledge of higher brain function on the other hand. To do so, the SFB 870 focuses on an intermediate level, namely that of neuronal circuits, which can be well defined structurally and functionally.
The Institute for Advanced Study of Technische Universität München is part of TUM’s institutional strategy. The essential TUM-IAS concept is to allow not only selected guest scientists but also our best faculty members to conduct top-level research while offering early-career scientists the chance to develop their talents in the inspiring environment of outstanding senior scientists.
As an example, the TUM-IAS helped to fund the 3rd International Workshop "Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Axon Degeneration" from October 3rd-6th, 2010 in Eibsee, Germany.
The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.