Afterwards, the Valentino Braitenberg Award – The Golden Neuron 2012 - will be conferred for the first time. The prize was established in honor of Professor Valentino Braitenberg, one of the founding directors of the Tübingen Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and pioneer of Computational Neuroscience in Germany. This year’s award goes to Professor Moshe Abeles of the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center in Israel. With his research into the structure and function of cortical circuits and his „synfire chain theory“, Abeles has profoundly influenced international brain research.
For the general public, the conference features a public lecture in German language on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m.. Professor Onur Güntürkün from Ruhr-University Bochum will offer fascinating insights from the forefront of research about how birds - usually considered to be much less smart than primates - have found a way to achieve top cognitive performance. The lecture is open to the public. No entrance fee is charged, and no registration is necessary.
This year’s conference is organized by the Bernstein Center Munich that is coordinated at LMU and in which also TUM, the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, and the companies MED-EL and npi electronics take part. The Bernstein Conference 2012 is held in conjunction with the international Neuroinformatics Congress that takes place immediately before (September 10-12) at the same venue.
Interested journalists are cordially invited to the conference and the award ceremonies. Please kindly register until September 6th with Dr. Simone Cardoso de Oliveira (Bernstein Coordination Site, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 0761 – 203-9583). Registered journalists can be provided with exclusive information on the awardees, and, upon request, personal interviews with the awardees can be arranged.
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