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Mental health and neurodegenerative diseases will be the focus of BrainBusiness at the Bochum University of Applied Sciences on Wednesday, July 3. Participation is free for all interested visitors.

The series of events established in 2021 acts as an exchange format between science and business. The aim is to enable participants to learn more about the findings from fundamental research, to jointly develop application scenarios and to develop utilization in an economic context. Come and see us!

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Researchers at the University Alliance Ruhr have discovered new insights into how acute illness affects empathy. Their study confirms complex relationships between physical well-being and empathy.

The researchers investigated "sickness behavior", a process in which the body reorganizes its biological priorities in the context of an acute infection.

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Two women, Prof. Dr. Dagmar Timmann and Prof. Dr. Melanie Mark, are standing in front of a building. © Roberto Schirdewahn

A new study shows that the cerebellum is involved in processing emotions. This is important to know when caring for people with ataxia.

Professor Melanie Mark from Ruhr-University Bochum and Professor Dagmar Timmann from the University of Duisburg-Essen are two of the first researchers to provide experimental evidence that the cerebellum contributes towards both the learning and the extinction of conditioned fear responses. They report on this in the journal eNeuro on January 4, 2024.

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An individual holding their stomach in discomfort, indicating stomach pain. © Roberto Schirdewahn

Preprint to the special issue "extinction learning" of the RUB magazine Rubin (publication date January 7, 2025).

There are more than 100 million neurons in our gut. That is why it is also known as the second brain. Researchers from Bochum are uncovering the role of the brain-gut connection in learning and unlearning pain.

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Two men standing in front of a tree with flowers in bloom. © Susanne Stachowitz

Basierend auf einem mutierten Proteinschalter könnte man ein neues Verfahren entwickeln, das Nervenzellen vor den Auswirkungen von Krankheiten wie Parkinson schützen kann.

Nervenzellen des erwachsenen Gehirns teilen sich nicht mehr. Gehen sie durch Erkrankungen wie Alzheimer oder Parkinson zugrunde, sind sie verloren. Bochumer Forschende haben einen neuen Weg zu ihrer Rettung versucht.

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Neuroscience researchers from Bochum confirm different strategies when choosing between primary and secondary rewards. The lever is impulsivity.

People make decisions every day – from what to wear in the morning to what to watch on TV in the evening. But how do decisions differ when it comes to essential food and money?

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Photo of two hands touching each other. If it is desired on both sides, touch can be good for the soul and the body. © RUB/Marquard

A hug can have a beneficial effect. Even when it comes from a robot.

Touch can do a lot of good – so far, so good. But to what extent do humans benefit from it? A research team from Bochum, Duisburg-Essen and Amsterdam analyzed over 130 international studies with around 10,000 participants to answer this questions. The researchers proved that what touch really does is alleviate pain, depression and anxiety.

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Portrait photo of Prof. Dr. Martin Diers, a friendly-looking man in a blue shirt.

Forschungsgruppe untersucht Online-Spielsucht und Internetpornografie

Verhaltenssüchte, wie sie bei ungesunder und exzessiver Nutzung von Computerspielen, Shopping, Internetpornografie und Sozialen Medien auftreten, nehmen seit vielen Jahren zu. Zu Auswirkungen, Ursachen und Verhalten besteht nach wie vor noch viel Forschungsbedarf. Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) hat die Förderung der transregionalen Forschungsgruppe* zu Verhaltenssüchten verlängert und mit weiteren fünf Millionen Euro ausgestattet.

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The picture shows a close-up of a white pigeon with gray wings.The avian brain is smaller than that of many mammals, but just as capable.  © RUB, Marquard

Since the late 19th century, it has been a common belief among researchers that high intelligence requires the high computing capacity of large brains.

Avian brains, by contrast, are very small and lack any structure resembling a cortex. Nevertheless, scientists showed that parrots and corvids are capable of planning for the future, forging social strategies, recognizing themselves in the mirror and building tools.

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Two individuals standing in front of a bridge: Kristin Glotzbach and Andreas Faissner from the Bochum Department of Cell Morphology and Molecular Neurobiology © RUB/Marquard

Researchers from Bochum and Dortmund have created an artificial cell environment that could promote the regeneration of nerves.

Usually, injuries to the brain or spinal cord don’t heal easily due to the formation of fluid-filled cavities and scars that prevent tissue regeneration. One starting point for medical research is therefore to fill the cavities with a substance that offers neural stem cells optimal conditions for proliferation and differentiation.

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