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Tobias Moser and Matthew Larkum receive ERC Advanced Grants

Tobias Moser and Matthew Larkum have successfully applied for Advanced Grants of the European Research Council, ERC (August 2015).

Tobias Moser (BCCN and BFNT Göttingen) receives the grant for his project Cochlear Optogenetics for Auditory Research and Prosthetics. Within the framework of the project, he will develop new hearing prostheses, which will allow a light-based stimulation of nerve cells in the inner ear cochlea that is spatially more precise as current electrical cochlear implants. Thus, hearing will be improved.

The project Active dendrites and cortical associations of Matthew Larkum (associated with BCCN Berlin) will analyze the functioning of the brain and will study the hypothesis - that the exceptional performance of the cortex is derived from an associative mechanism at the cellular level embedded in the basic unit of the cortex, the pyramidal cells - using multiple experimental approaches. The research team will address processes that take place during sensory perception, memory formation and during sleep.

For their projects, the researchers will receive up to 2.5 million € over the next five years. In total, 2287 project applications were submitted and 190 were selected for funding.

ERC Advanced Grants allow exceptional established research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains.

Please read the complete press release by the Universitätsmedizin Göttingen and the complete press release by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (in German).