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Foundation of the Center for Translational Neuro- and Behavioral Sciences (C-TNBS)

Special recognition for 7 research institutes and 8 clinics of the Essen University Medical Center: Together they will form the "Center for Translational and Behavioral Neuroscience" (C-TNBS) in the future. The C-TNBS will further bundle scientific and clinical activities, bringing medical theory and practice even closer together. The merger was made possible by the Executive Board of the University Hospital Essen (UK Essen) and the Dean's Office of the Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE).

Patients and researchers will benefit from the cooperation between the institutions. Locally, new synergies are created among the researching institutes and treating clinics - disease patterns can thus be investigated faster and better by experts. Series of lectures on diseases and therapies are also planned for medical laypersons. Closer networking of clinical outpatient clinics and the appointment of qualified contact persons will improve the care of those affected. Internally, it is also planned to expand existing structures and networks, which will, for example, increase the efficiency of communication channels and add new research projects.

"The new center will further increase the radiance of neurosciences and behavioral sciences in Essen", says Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinschnitz, Director of the Department of Neurology at the UK Essen and the person in charge of founding the Center for Translational Neurosciences and Behavioral Sciences. He is closely accompanied by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Bingel, spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center/Transregio 289, and by Prof. Dr. Manfred Schedlowski, Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Immunology.

For the three initiators, the founding of the center represents a small crowning achievement: for the interdisciplinary work and outstanding performance of all involved. "We are very grateful to the board of directors and the dean's office for their support and are pleased about this important stage. At the same time, it is an incentive to make the neuroscience and behavioral science field in Essen even more successful," emphasizes Prof. Kleinschnitz.

Translational Neurosciences and Behavioral Sciences* have formed one of five research foci** at the UDE Faculty of Medicine since 2017. Particular strengths of the focus lie in the close collaboration between neurological, psychiatric and behavioral science research groups. Its members combine basic research with preclinical and clinical research. The researchers as well as physicians have already produced high-caliber collaborative projects, including highly regarded collaborative research centers of the German Research Foundation and numerous lighthouse projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Left to right: Prof. Dr. Manfred Schedlowski, Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinschnitz and Prof. Dr. Ulrike Bingel
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