Who we are

A major goal of this CRC is to accelerate the exchange of our combined experimental resources so as to arrive at a detailed analysis of the morphological, cellular and biochemical processes associated with a homeostatic mechanism.

As a single laboratory cannot be proficient in all aspects of analysis of the nervous system, an alliance between work groups investigating molecular and cellular homeostasis in the nervous system opens up significant long-term possibilities.

To this end the CRC is made up of the following institutes:

Goethe-University Frankfurt

Amparo Acker-Palmer, Thomas Deller, Alexander Gottschalk, Jochen Roeper, Irmgard Tegeder.

Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

Christian Behl, Benedikt Berninger, Albrecht Clement, Jonathan Kipnis, Heiko Luhmann, Beat Lutz, Thomas Mittmann, Mirko Schmidt, Susann Schweiger, Anne Sinning, Johannes Vogt, Frauke Zipp.

Max Planck-Institute for Hirnforschung

Erin Schuman, Gilles Laurent, Tatjana Tchumatchenko.

Institute for Molecular Biology Mainz (IMB)

Christoph Niehrs, Vijay Tiwari.


Clearly the issue of neural homeostasis cannot be answered comprehensively within one research network alone. Consequently, as a consortium, we will also interact with international centers such as:

  • Institut de Neurobiologie de la Méditerranée (INMED)
  • Yale University School of Medicine
  • Columbia University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Le Neurocentre Magendie
  • Université Bordeaux
  • University of California Berkeley
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière.

Within this research network, it is the ultimate goal of this collaborative research center to understand the importance of homeostatic mechanisms for the brain.

Tom Kay – Science Manager