Biophysics research at Donders
Biophysics research at Donders

Research at Donders Institute

The human brain is an incredible organ with around 100 billion neurons (brain cells) and approximately 100,000 kilometers of connections between them. It has a storage capacity that is greater than that of a supercomputer. Our scientists are working to understand how these vast numbers of neurons work together to perceive, represent, and interact with the world: to understand the mechanistic underpinnings of human cognition and behavior in health and disease.

Research themes

Our research covers the unique interface between genetic, molecular and cellular processes at one end and computational, system-level neuroscience with cognitive and behavioral analysis at the other end. Within this range we focus on four research themes.

MRI research

Language and communication

To understand the complexity of human language faculty and its development.

Theme 1
Onderzoek Cognitive Neuroscience

Perception, action, and decision making

The neural and cognitive mechanisms that allow us to perceive the world, make actions and decisions.

Theme 2
Brain research

Development and lifelong plasticity

The capacity to continuously alter neural structure and function in response to experience or injury

Theme 3
Financiering aanvragen

Natural computing and neurotechnology

Theoretical, computational, experimental, and technological research to uncover brain mechanisms.

Theme 4

Highlighted projects

ENIGMA project DNA structure

The ENIGMA consortium

The ENIGMA consortium brings together researchers worldwide to study the genomics of brain structure and function in health and disease.

Brain ultrasound

Focused Ultrasound Initiative

This project aims to facilitate scientific breakthroughs and the development of clinical applications on focused ultrasound stimulation. We will centralize and share hands-on and technical knowledge and purchase shared equipment.

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