Donders Centre for Neuroscience

At the Donders Centre for Neuroscience (DCN), we aim to understand the complex neural networks underlying perceptual, motor and cognitive brain functions. We study these networks by employing experimental as well as computational approaches. DCN is a part of the world-renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and research institute of the Faculty of Science of Radboud University. 


Below are the highlights of the Donders Centre of Neuroscience. View all News, Events, Publications, Projects, Staff, and Vacancies.

Martijn Agterberg in zijn bijenlab

NWO Take-off grant for hearing implants that are able to localise sound

Beephonix, the start-up of neuroscientist and audiologist Martijn Agterberg, has been awarded a NWO take-off grant of €250,000 to optimise a microphone technology inspired by the hearing of bumblebees.


NWO Grant for Advancement of Cochlear Implant Algorithms

The NWO has awarded funding to OtoControl-2.0, led by John van Opstal, under the Open Technology Programme.

Research setting ALS research

RNA Sequencing of the Neuromuscular Junction in FUS-associated ALS

The project's goal is to gain a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie neuromuscular junction defects in ALS in order to identify potential therapeutic targets.


Chemical Biology Tools: Visualisation in Biological Processes

Energy Consumption in the Faculty of Science: Challenges and Opportunities

DCN seminar by Prof. J. Pasterkamp


The Donders Centre for Neuroscience consists of two research sections or departments, Neurobiology and Neurophysics.


The Neurobiology department studies molecular, cellular and network properties of the brain. It conducts research in various areas like computational neuroscience, sleep and memory mechanisms, molecular dynamics of synapses, neuro development, neurodegeneration, episodic and spatial memory, molecular neurobiology, visual neuroscience, and multisensory integration.



The Neurophysics department investigates diverse topics including the dynamics of brain-memory interactions, the role of machine learning in understanding intelligence, sensory information processing in the brain, the synthesis of perception and cognition, and the correlation between the brain's physical properties and information processing.



Our researchers teach in the Bachelor's Biology and Physics and Astronomy and Master's Neurobiology and Neurophysics of the Faculty of Science as well as in the Research Master's Cognitive Neuroscience, which is organised by the Donders Institute. 


As a PhD Candidate at the Donders Center for Neuroscience, you will be automatically enrolled in the Donders Graduate School.

Donders Graduate School


The Donders Centre for Neuroscience board consists of a Scientific Director who oversees research and strategic planning, a Managing Director in charge of daily operations and finance, section heads representing Neurophysics and Neurobiology research, and a representative advocating for PhDs and PostDocs.

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The DCN is embedded within the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.

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