Exploring Brain Mechanics
The central nervous system (CNS) is our most complex organ system. Despite tremendous progress in our understanding of the biochemical, electrical, and genetic regulation of CNS functioning and malfunctioning, many fundamental processes and diseases are still not fully understood. Only recently, groups of several PLs in this consortium, and a few other groups worldwide, have discovered an important contribution of mechanical signals to regulating CNS cell function. The CRC 1540 ‘Exploring Brain Mechanics’ will synergise the expertise of engineers, physicists, biologists, medical researchers, and clinicians in Erlangen and Berlin to exploit mechanics-based approaches to advance our understanding of CNS function and, as a long-term vision, to provide the foundation for future improvement of diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders.
The Consortium on Exploring Brain Mechanics met on February 9 at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, to provide a comprehensive progress update on all ongoing projects within its purview.
On January 19, Erica Cecchini (A02) and Soheil Firooz (C01) hosted the first Doctoral Researchers’ Seminar in 2024 at the Institute of Applied Mechanics.
At the beginning of 2023, after approval by the DFG in November 2022, the CRC 1540 "Exploring Brain Mechanics" officially started. This report covers the very successful first year and presents the results of the joint research and interactions. Get ready for the exciting research in EBM.
At the end of the first EBM year 2023, Jan Hinrichsen and Nina Reiter (subproject A01) had the opportunity to stay in the Living Matter Lab of EBM Mercator Fellow Ellen Kuhl at Stanford University in California, USA.
Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Head of the Institute of Biomaterials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) has been elected Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE), the highest honor the global biomaterials community can bestow on outstanding biomaterials scientists, which is awarded by the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE).