A new 3-tesla MRI scanner is currently being installed at University Hospital Aachen’s Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. The Magnetom Prisma’s gradient field strength and gradient slew rate are unrivalled by any other 3-tesla system currently on the market.
Dr. Nils Kohn’s start-up project has been given the green light: the JARA-BRAIN scientist won a competition for RWTH Aachen University funding. His research project on the role of empathy in economic decisions will be funded with a total of € 18,960 from 1 April 2014.
Prof. Kathrin Reetz, senior physician at the Department of Neurology, was appointed professor (grade W2) of imaging for neurodegenerative diseases at University Hospital Aachen. The neurologist had previously been working as a JARA-BRAIN junior professor at both Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Department of Neurology at University Hospital Aachen.
Researchers have investigated the interaction between astrocytes – non-neuronal cells – and excitatory neurons. The membrane protein connexin 30, which is found in astrocytes, appears to play a crucial role in signal transduction in the hippocampus, a region of the brain connected with learning and memory processes. JARA-BRAIN scientists were involved in the research project, whose findings have been published in the high-impact journal Nature Neuroscience.