The Collaborative Research Center 1080
The nervous system is characterized by a remarkably elaborate cellular architecture able to receive, integrate, store information, and to orchestrate appropriate responses of the rest of the body.
One of the most important functions of this complex system is its ability to change its structure and function in response to altered external information input.
With this in mind, the guiding principles of this initiative are to explore the fundamental molecular and cellular processes that lead the nervous system to be able to:
- Acquire and maintain a homeostatic state during development.
- Achieve homeostasis during adult life.
- Adjust to new set-points in response to a harmful event.
Our initiative is ready to take up the challenge of investigating and understanding how “the unstable stuff of which we are composed has learned the trick of maintaining stability” (Cannon, 1932).
Tom Kay – Science Manager