Portraits of inspiring women in translational medicine: Petra Ritter
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Brain simulation helps us understanding how our brain works – and developing personalized therapies for its diseases.

A human brain consists of 86 billion neurons and 150 trillion connections between them. It runs on as little energy as an LED light bulb. It would take 1,500 Google data centers (they only have 15) to simulate just one brain with molecular accuracy, costing 1 trillion dollar per year and consuming 600 terawatt hours.

Here at the Brain Simulation Section (part of Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin), we have been at the forefront of network-based brain simulation, computational neuroscience and its clinical application for more than 10 years.

In collaboration with other international research centers, we have developed a way to simulate a brain even on a laptop – with reduced complexity but feasible, sufficiently accurate, scalable and already used in practical clinical applications.

We work towards our vision of providing digital copies of a person’s brain to virtually plan and test personalized treatment of brain orders, e.g. Alzheimer’s, stroke, epilepsy or tumors.

Our team is growing fast and we would be happy to welcome you, e.g. as software developer, lab manager or research assistant! Check out our current job openings or send us your speculative application!

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Brain Simulation Section is a research center of Charité Universitätsmedizin

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  • Science is Wonderful

    22

    Sep

    Digital Event

    Join us for a series of online events as part of the Science Is Wonderful! exhibition during the European Research and Innovation days.Science is Wonderful! features an array of fun, educational online activities that introduce children and the gener

  • GDPR Impact Conference - Online

    18

    Sep

    Digital Event

    Join us September 18th for a free online conference on the impact of GDPR on digitization of biomedical research and clinical applications, including those using AI. VirtualBrainCloud will act as a case study, providing insight into the challenges an

  • Peer to Peer Session: Good Practice & Use Cases in Handling Research Data

    15

    Sep

    Digital Event

    Join us virtually for a peer to peer session about how to handle research data securely and effectively. Tomorrow, Petra Ritter will cover the topic of protecting complex personal health data that can not be anonymised, such as brain imaging. In the past

  • Dr. Petra Ritter on "Smart durch SARS-CoV-2?" event panel

    25

    Aug

    Digital Event

    **Dr. Petra Ritter will be a discussant on a digital panel about SARS-CoV-2 on August 25th. Please find information on how to participate [here, on the Tagesspiegel website.](https://veranstaltungen.tagesspiegel.de/event/df6613ee-e2b4-4c17-8264-99e141015

  • TVB EBRAINS at FENS 2020

    11

    Jul

    Digital Event

    In July 2020, Human Brain Project presented the new Research Infrastructure EBRAINS at the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum. You can find recordings of the sessions here.

    Check out our session on Th

  • Educational Course at OHBM 2020

    26

    Jun

    Montreal, Canada

    The following events will now take place online!

    Please join our educational course Fundamental Concepts and Methods in Network Neuroscience at OHBM 2020 in Montreal on the 26th of June.

    Fundamental Concepts and Methods in Network Neuros

  • POSTPONED: Brain Connectivity Workshop 2020 to be held in Toronto, Canada

    21

    Jun

    Toronto, Canada

    This event has been postponed until next year.

    The aim of Brain Connectivity Workshop is to establish a dialogue between researchers in computational neuroscience, neuroscience methodolo

  • CANCELLED: Join us in Calgary and Lethbridge (Canada) for 2 lectures and a workshop on The Virtual Brain!

    17

    Mar

    Lethbridge and Calgary, Canada

    The following events have been cancelled.

    In March 2020 Dr. Petra Ritter, Dr Paul Triebkorn and Jan Stansinski MSc will present two lectures and a workshop on The Virtual Brain in Lethbridge & Calgary, Canada

    2020 Harley Hotchkiss Memori

  • The Virtual Brain Node#10 Workshop

    9

    Mar

    Berlin, Germany

    The TVB Berlin team is organizing The Virtual Brain Node#10 Workshop: Personalized Multi-Scale Brain Simulation on March 9-12, 2020, in Berlin.

    This new node is an official (elective) course of the [Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscienc

  • Cologne Neuroscience Day

    6

    Mar

    Cologne, Germany

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.

    Dr. Petra Ritter will deliver a keynote lecture entitled "The Virtual Brain – Multi-scale principles of brain function and dysfunction" at the [Cologne Neuroscience Day](https://cns.cologne/ "Vis