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Press releases

Press 2015 - 2017

International symposium "Vision and Visions: Current Concepts and Future Challenges of Retinal Research" in honor of Prof. Reto Weiler took place on 2 and 3 October 2017

In honor of the neuroscientist and Rrtina expert Prof. dr. Reto Weiler organized the international symposium "Vision and Visions" at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst with the support of the University Society (UGO e.V.) with the participation of the Research Center Neurosensory Science, whose founding father is Reto Weiler.

Science Slam 2017

The 7th Science Slam at the University of Oldenburg has once again provided the best entertainment in the overcrowded parade hall of the Staatstheater.

The press reiterated the event: NWZ reporter Andrea Fischer was on site and reported in Detail:

"Wie man Gerüche malt und Bakterien sprechen lässt"

Also the press office of the university was involved in the run-up to the slam evening:

"'Goldenes Gehirn' für Science Slammer"

Career paths in neuroscience
Information event for students and doctoral students in science and medicine

At Career Day Neuroscience at the University of Oldenburg on Friday, March 31, 2017, career opportunities and possible career paths in the neurosciences will be on the Wechloy campus (Building W30, Küpkersweg 74).
Details about the program can be found on the specially created Website.

Founding father of the Research Center for Neurosensory Science, Prof. Reto Weiler, honored as one of the fathers of university medicine at the New Year's reception 2017

At the New Year's Reception of the University and the University Society Oldenburg on January 19, 2017, three personalities who have rendered outstanding services to the establishment of the European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen (EMS) were awarded the President's Honorary Badge:
Prof. Dr. Djordje Lazovic, Director of the University Clinic for Orthopedics and Traumatology at the Pius-Hospital Oldenburg, was dean of studies in the founding deanery from 2012 to 2015,
Prof. Dr. Hans-Rudolf Raab, Director of the Department of General and Visceral Surgery at the Klinikum Oldenburg, and Prof. Dr. med. Reto Weiler, Oldenburg neurobiologist and rector of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst, were members of the founding committee and from 2012 to 2016 were deputies in the founding deanery of the Faculty VI.

In particular, Reto Weiler and Hans-Rudolf Raab have made a significant contribution to integrating the science professorships into the new Faculty of Medicine and - together with the three Oldenburg hospitals and the Karl Jaspers Clinic in Bad Zwischenahn - the "Medical Campus University of Oldenburg ", Said University President Prof. Dr. med. Dr. Hans Michael Piper.

Junior Professor Sarah Verhulst receives Lower Saxony Science Award 2016

The Minister of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, honored 14 personalities from universities in Lower Saxony on November 17, 2016 in Hannover with the Lower Saxony 2016 Science Award.

The prize for junior researchers, endowed with 20,000 euros, went to Prof. Dr. med. Sarah Verhulst from the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Prof. Verhulst holds a junior professorship at the Cluster of Excellence "Hearing4all" and is involved in the development of diagnostic methods for studying the function of the hearing system, among other things.

Find the official press release of the ministry for science and culture here.

Science Slam 2016 in the Exerzierhalle Oldenburg

Find the full article of the Science Slam 2016 of the University of Oldenburg, organized by the Research Center Neurosensory Science in collaboration with the Staatstheater Oldenburg, the Graduate Schools 3GO and Oltech and the Graduate Academy. It was a great evening with science-based entertainment and much anticipated award ceremony.

The prize, donated by the University Society Oldenburg (UGO) and solemnly presented by its advisory board member and director of the University Library Hans-Joachim Waetjen, was won by the PhD student from the Neurosensorics Group Bianca Brüggen (in the middle of the picture).

Large-scale research facilities start operating: new opportunities for research

Psychological and medical research at the university can draw on a new major device: For a study on the impact of chronic pain on the numerical understanding of the first magnetic resonance tomograph (MRI) of the Faculty VI Medicine and Health Sciences is used. This is the second joint project between natural scientists and clinicians within the Research Center for Neurosensory Science.

It is examined whether the structure of the brain changes in chronic pain patients. Do they therefore rate numbers differently - also in relation to one another - than painless patients? So does medicine need to reconsider the numerical scale used to describe one's own level of pain? These questions are examined by the University Clinic for Anesthesiology / Intensive Care Medicine / Emergency Medicine / Pain Therapy of the Klinikum Oldenburg in cooperation with the working group Biological Psychology of the University under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Christiane Thiel.

Find the full text of the press release here.

Top funding for Oldenburg Hörforscherin Junior Professor Sarah Verhulst receives 1.5 million euros from the EU for research into so-called "secret hearing loss"

Prof. Dr. Sarah Verhulst, Junior Professor in the Cluster of Excellence "Hearing4all" and member of the Research Center for Neurosensorics, receives a € 1.5 million start-up grant from the European Research Council (ERC Grant). This is the first ERC grant at the University of Oldenburg.

Link to the NWZ-Online from 10.11.2015:,0,98519375.html

Link to the official university press release from 09.11.2015:

Academic Senate and University Council vote for Vice Presidents

Following a proposal by President Prof. dr. Dr. Hans Michael Piper, the Senate of the University of Oldenburg, the Germanist Prof. Dr. med. Sabine Kyora as Vice President for Studies, Teaching and Gender Equality, Linguist and longtime member of the Research Center for Neurosensors Prof. Dr. med. Esther Ruigendijk as Vice President for Young Researchers and Internationals and the Physicist Prof. Dr. med. Martin Holthaus confirmed as vice president for research and transfer.

The two-year mandate of part-time Vice Presidents is expected to commence on January 1, 2016, following the required endorsement by the Department of Science and Culture.

Link to the official university press release from 04.11.2015:

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Forschungszentrum Neurosensorik elects new board
Biochemist Koch acts as Managing Director

The interdisciplinary research center Neurosensorik (FZN) at the University of Oldenburg has a new board. The biochemist Prof. dr. Karl-Wilhelm Koch, acting unanimously, will act as Managing Director of the cross-faculty center for the next two years.

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Oldenburg "Lebenswissenschaften" ranks third among DFG funds per researcher nationwide

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Ceremonial opening of the NeSSy research building with Minister of Science Heinen-Kljajic
The new research building NeSSy offers space for around 80 employees of the Cluster of Excellence "Hearing4all" and the interface between the research centers Neurosensorics and Safety Critical Systems. At the ceremonial opening of the building on June 23, 2015, Lower Saxony's Minister of Science Dr. Ing. Gabriele Heinen-Kljajic.

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Private lecturer Dr. Karin Dedek - extraordinary professor at the University of Oldenburg

Dr. Karin Dedek, Provost lecturer at the Department of Neuroscience and longtime member of the Research Center for Neurosensorics, was given the title of "Unplanned Professor (apl.Prof.)" By the Academic Senate of the University of Oldenburg.


Oldenburg audiologist Jannis Hildebrandt examines the hearing system of grasshoppers

Der Juniorprofessor und Mitglied des Vorstandes des Forschungszentrums Neurosensorik Jannis Hildebrandt hat neueste Forschungsergebnisse veröffentlicht. More information - Link


What human hearing has in common with that of owls and lizards: sound emitted by the ears
Oldenburg neurobiologist Professor Christine Köppl, together with Canadian colleagues, publishes an important study in the international journal
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Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to inventors of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, Göttingen scientist Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Hell and two American scientists

Based on their research results, the so-called high-resolution light microscope (STED microscope) was developed. Since mid-2012, the first commercially available light microscope has been put into operation at the Research Center for Neurosensors.

Nobel Prize for Medicine goes to Neuroscientists

This year's Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology goes to three neuroscientists: John O'Keefe, a neuroscientist from London, and Norwegian brain researchers May-Britt and Edvard Moser from Trondheim. The three are concerned with the question of how spatial orientation takes place in the brain. The researchers have discovered a kind of "inner GPS system" in the brain - a cell network that allows people to orient themselves in space. Their discovery concerns cells, which form a positioning system in the brain and allow us to find our way around the environment. The highest honor for physicians is endowed with the equivalent of 870,000 euros.


Neurobiologist Reto Weiler appointed in Austrian Science Council

Prof. Dr. Reto Weiler, Vice Dean of Faculty VI Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Oldenburg and Rector of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst, has been appointed by the Federal President of the Republic of Austria to the Austrian Science Council. The Cabinet approved his appointment at the end of December. The term of office of the Oldenburg neurobiologist is three years.

























































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