Picture of the month
The Society for Neuroscience Meeting in the US once again offered us the opportunity to present current research of the CNL to international scientists. We presented 8 posters, 1 short talk and 1 talk. The meeting also provided an opportunity for a get-together of past and present CNL-members (see photo).
This year’s retreat of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab took place in Volpriehausen in August. Over four days the scientists of the CNL, SMG, and DAG groups discussed the ongoing research of the whole lab. The retreat was rounded out by a team-building afternoon together with the technical staff.
This year several members of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab again took part in the "March for science" on April 14th 2018. Stefan Treue was one of the speakers at the central rally in Göttingen, which gathered more than 700 participants. They advocated for freedom in science and fact-based policy together with the participants of similar events in more than 20 other cities in Germany.
Using the XBI device, it is possible to perform demanding cognitive training even in housing settings without specific training setups. Combined with the unsupervised training protocol, which increases in difficulty according to the animal’s abilities, the animal is kept engaged over extended periods. This also supports the additional usability of the XBI as an enrichment tool for animals in their home cage.
Fifty vocational students from the Göttingen region visited the German Primate Center and the Physics Institute of the University of Göttingen in December. As part of the project series "Europa vor Ort erkunden" [Exploring Europe on location] organized by the Bürger Europas e.V. Association in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, vocational students explore research locations funded by the EU and discuss with prominent representatives from politics. Alexander Gail, head of the Sensorimotor and Neuroprosthetics research group, guided the visitors through the laboratories and gave a lecture on the topic of the neuroscientific objectives of the EU project Plan4Act, which is being carried out in cooperation with Florentin Wörgötter of the University of Göttingen and other European partners. Stefan Treue welcomed the guests and Thomas Oppermann, Vice-President of the Bundestag, presented topics for discussion with the students in his presentation "Europe in the 60th year of the EU".
This year’s Society for Neuroscience conference in November offered current and past members of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab the opportunity to network at the alumni dinner. The researchers discussed current developments in their work both within and outside the lab since the last reunion.
More information about the experiment behind the picture and the DPZ photo contest can be found here.
Prof. Stefan Treue with participants of the international conference "Pathway to more Transparency in Animal Research", which took place October 16-18 in Berlin. From left to right: Dr. Cornelia Exner (University of Marburg), Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue, Elisabeth Jeggle (member of the European Parliament and correspondent of the European Parliament during the revision of the EU directive for animal research), Jutta Cook (Boehringer Ingelheim, Biberach), Dr. Dr. Karin Blumer (Novartis). Topics of the conference were the Basel Declaration and the improvement of acceptance and understanding of animal experiments in public and politics. More info about the Basel Declaration can be found here.