Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (HIH)

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The Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (HIH) and the Clinic of Neurology at the University Hospital Tübingen run the “Center of Neurology”. Founded in 2001, the center owes its existence to an agreement between several entities: the non-profit Hertie Foundation, the State of Baden-Württemberg, the Medical Faculty of the University of Tübingen, and the University Hospital of Tübingen.

The center’s role comprises patient care provided by the Clinic of Neurology as well as scientific research carried out by neuroscientists working at the HIH. This structural crosslink between the HIH and the Clinic of Neurology creates a multifunctional facility that is likewise capable of carrying out clinical brain research, medical attention, as well as scientific training. The close connection between excellent research and clinical care makes the HIH unique among all institutions in brain research.

 The institute presently consists of six departments. They combine basic and clinical research with patient care, albeit to different degrees and with variable emphasis: the departments of Neurology and Stroke, Epileptology, Neurodegenerative Disorders and Interdisciplinary Neuro-Oncology treat outpatients in specialty clinics, but also inpatients with the whole spectrum of neurological diseases, while the Department of Cellular Neurology provides specialised diagnostic services and care in an out-patient setting only, focusing on neurocognitive impairments and Alzheimer’s disease, respectively. The new Department of Neural Dynamics and Magnetoencephalography is to investigate how cognition and behavior emerges from dynamic interactions across widely distributed neuronal ensembles.

 A better understanding of the brain and its diseases enables the HIH to find new and more effective strategies for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. With practical translational approaches to research, this understanding builds bridges between basic research and clinical applications.


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