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Scientific Cooperations

The University of Göttingen profits from steadily expanding collaborative networks with local non-university research institutions. The DPZ was a founding member of the Göttingen Campus and involved right from the start.

The Göttingen Campus Council is the key decision-making board committed to the development of the Göttingen Campus. It consists of eight members from the University and eight members from the non-university research institutions. The DPZ is connected with the GAU and the non-university institutes through the GCC.

The Göttingen Graduate Center for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB) was founded in 2007. The school is a joint enterprise between four faculties of the University of Göttingen (Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Physics), the Max Planck Institutes for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI-bpc), Experimental Medicine (MPI-em), and Dynamics and Self Organization (MPI-ds), and the German Primate Center (DPZ). The section Neurosciences of the DPZ is strongly involved in the PhD programs "Systems Neuroscience", "Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience" (BCCN) and "Sensory and Motor Neuroscience" (UMG).


The CNMPB is one of six DFG Research Centers funded by the German Research Foundation ("Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft", DFG) to concentrate scientific expertise in innovative research fields. The central aim of the CMPB is to conduct a detailed analysis of the molecular processes and interactions of nerve cells with the long term goal to develop and improve therapies for psychiatric, neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. The DPZ is strongly involved in the cluster "Nanoscale Microscopy and Molecular Physiology of the Brain" of the CNMPB.

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On the basis of neo-Darwinian evolution theory, the Courant Research Centre Evolution of Social Behavior deals with the question of fundamental communalities of the social behavior of all primates and the particularities of human social behavior. The DPZ is involved in the Courant Research Center within the framework of the future concept of the University of Göttingen.

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The interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Center 889 "Cellular Mechanisms of Sensory Processing", in which the DPZ is actively involved, was established by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and took effect beginning January 1st, 2011. Now, three working groups are connected to explore the processing of sensory information on a cellular level. A major goal of the SFB 889 is to develop new therapeutic approaches for sensory deficits by an improved understanding of the specialized supramolecular machinery of sensory transduction and synaptic transmission.

The faculties of mathematics, physics, chemistry, geosciences and geography as well as biology founded the Georg-August University School of Science. A so-called faculty doctoral program is contributed to GAUSS by each of these faculties. Furthermore, the four Max-Planck-Institutes for Biophysical Chemistry, Dynamics and Self-Organization, Experimental Medicine and Solar System Research as well as the German Primate Center and the German Aerospace Center (Site Göttingen) are involved in GAUSS.


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. The DPZ is connected with the DZNE through the Junior Research Groups of the Neurosciences.

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The most important goal of the DZHK is to make research findings available as quickly as possible to all patients in Germany and to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. The DPZ cooperates with the DZHK through Junior Research Groups and the Stem Cell Biology Unit.

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The department seeks to connect neuroscientific basic research and clinical research by applying state-of-the-art electrophysiological and (functional) MRT methods systematically on clinical problems. Special emphasis is placed on the analysis of healthy and disordered cognition and memory processes. The working group "Decision and Awareness" (Igor Kagan) within the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory of the DPZ works closely together with the Cognitive Neurology of the UMG.

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The Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Goettingen aims at finding the cooperative dynamics and adaptivity in neuronal systems. It integrates six research groups at different institutes. The DPZ is part of the BCCN network.


The Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) in Göttingen focuses on the investigation and design of Neuro-Bionic Closed-Loop Systems. In a Neuro-Bionic Closed-Loop System biological and technical components are functionally tightly linked to form a control loop where a neuronal system influences a technical device, which in turn provides feedback to the neuronal system. The DPZ is part of the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology network.

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The Hannover Medical School, founded in 1965, is a university medical center in Germany, part of a regional medical network. The DPZ cooperates with the Hannover Medical School and provides the HMS with animal and housing capabilities for scientific projects.

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The University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover is a university in Hanover and one of the five facilities for veterinary medicine in Germany, and the only one that remains independent. It is often referred to as TiHo by its staff and students. The DPZ cooperates with the TiHo through the Pathology Unit.

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The focus of this study program is on the foundations and the evolution of nonhuman and human primate behavior. Research projects are undertaken in the fields of psychology, anthropology and evolutionary biology, with an emphasis on comparative approaches. The DPZ is involved in the interdisciplinary study program by the units for Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, Reproductive Biology, Primate Genetics, Cognitive Neurosciences, Neurobiology, and Cognitive Ethology.

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The University of Hildesheim was founded in 1978. Its main faculties are educational and social sciences, cultural sciences and aesthetic communications, and information and communication sciences. The DPZ is regionally connected with the University of Hildesheim for example through the visiting scientist Kristian Folta-Schoofs.


The program of medical genome research is a large-scale biomedical research project that extends the national genome research net (NGFN) and will be funded by the federal ministry of education and research (BMBF) from 2008 to 2013. The DPZ is involved in the NGFN through the Primate Genetics Laboratory.

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The Centre of Reproductive Medicine and Andology Münster (CeRA) is dedicated to the therapy and study of male dysfunctions in fertility and hormonal production. The DPZ cooperates with the CeRA through the Stem Cell Biology Unit.

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For many years the Essen University Hospital has focused on three major areas of research and treatment: cardiovascular disease, cancer, and transplants. Essen University Hospital has also made a name for itself in many other fields outside its focus areas. Examples are the Perinatal Center, the Integrated Stroke Unit, and the Headache Center. The DPZ and the Essen University Hospital cooperate in the field of iPS cell research.


The Central Institute for Experimental Animals (CIEA) was established in 1952 in Japan. Defeated and battered in World War II, Japan lacked the stable supply of a large number of quality laboratory animals that was required for the development of medical treatments and drugs. Tatsuji Nomura, a young medical researcher, recognized the absolute need to overcome this situation. The DPZ and the CIEA cooperate within the field of stem cell research.

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With some 300 buildings, more than 37,500 students, 215,000 living alumni and a reputation for excellence that reaches around the globe, the Canadian McGill in Montreal has carved out a spot among the world's great universities. The DPZ and the McGill University cooperate within the field of Neurosciences.

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev aspires to be among the best inter-disciplinary research universities in the world, a leader in scientific innovation, inter-disciplinary research and applied sciences - all of which impact daily life. The Ben-Gurion University and the DPZ cooperate within the field of Neurosciences.

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The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century - whether the focus is cancer, energy, economics or literature. The DPZ and the MIT cooperate within the field of Neurosciences.

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The vision of Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) is to become a leading research-based university in the world with the major competence in tropical agriculture, biosciences, and possessing entrepreneurial characteristics. The DPZ has  cooperated through its field station Siberut in Indonesia with the IPB, now that the station management has been transferred to IPB, the institutions maintain contact.

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Right from the time of its establishment USM has adopted an innovative approach to higher education and of significance is its departure from the traditional faculty system of academic organization. The DPZ cooperates in the fields of education and research with the USM through its field stations.

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The University of Antananarivo is the primary public university of Madagascar, located in the capital Antananarivo. The DPZ cooperates through its field station on Madagascar with the University of Antananarivo.

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The UNAP is a public institution with the aim of forming people with competence and passion. The principles of the university are training, scientific and technological research, and social competence.The DPZ cooperates with the UNAP through its field station in Peru.

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