Doctoral students and postdocs enrolled in the HBS perform their research work at one of the departments in the Hamburg Center for Neuroscience (HCNS). Research projects at the HCNS span all areas of neuroscience. They address normal brain function and diseases of the nervous system, bridging the scales from cells and molecules over the mesoscale level to large-scale brain networks with the strong support of neurocomputational approaches.
The goal is to understand mechanisms of brain function and dysfunction, and to translate this knowledge into clinical applications. In addition to understanding the foundations of behavior and cognition in natural systems, an important focus of HCNS research is on investigating and developing artificial cognitive systems.
The HCNS groups strongly cooperate in numerous national and international collaborative projects, including DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centers and Research Units, EU-funded consortia and other research networks (more information can be found at the HCNS website).