Research at the DZNE site in Berlin focuses primarily on neurological disorders that occur in various forms of dementia and affect functions such as logical thinking, perception, and memory formation. In the laboratories at the Campus Charité Mitte, the scientists are investigating topics that include the fundamentals of synaptic transmission and network activity in the brain, the mechanisms of vascular dementia, and autoimmune reactions against synaptic proteins, which can irreparably damage the cells.
In line with the DZNE’s larger strategy, the work in Berlin strongly follows the principle of translation, meaning the transfer and application of knowledge across the boundaries of individual research fields and institutions. Accordingly, the scientists in fundamental research cooperate closely with clinical research and with general practitioners in the Berlin research centers. The DZNE Berlin is part of an interactive research network between the Charité Medical University Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Free University of Berlin, the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, and the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology.
At the Berlin DZNE site, experts are also specifically recruited for the translational research mentioned above in order to expand networking efforts and create new interactions between researchers in Berlin and those at the other DZNE sites.
Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE)
c/o Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Intern: Hufelandweg 14 (auf dem Campus Charité Mitte)
Astrocyte - Synapse Interactions
Dr. Frauke Ackermann
Dr. Camin Dean
Interdisciplinary Dementia Research
Prof. Dr. Matthias Endres
Prof. Dr. Frank Heppner
Dr. Dragomir Milovanovic
Dr. Harald Prüß
Prof. Dr. Dietmar Schmitz
Aging of synapse structure and function
Prof. Dr. Stephan Sigrist
Cellular Circuits of Memory
Dr. Silvia Viana da Silva
Protein Actions in Neurodegeneration
Susanne Wegmann, PhD, Dipl.-Ing.
Movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, dystonia)
Prof. Dr. Andrea Kühn
Biomarker-assisted early detection of dementias
Prof. Dr. Oliver Peters
Prof. Dr. Josef Priller