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

Berlin Institute of Health @ Charité

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    June 23–27, Seoul, Korea

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    June 22, Berlin, Germany

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    June 19–21, Shanghai, China & Online


    Mark your calendars for the 2024 Brain Connectivity Workshop, hosted by the Institute of Science and Technology for Brain-inspired Intelligence (ISTBI) at Fuda

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    June 10–14, Genova, Italy

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    May 22–24, Brussels, Belgium

    Get ready to explore the frontier of AI governance and ethical health applications at CPDP.ai 2024! Join us as we anticipate insightful discussions and valuable contributions from leading experts, including Professor Ritter, at this year's conference.

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    May 18, Würzburg, Germany

    Step into the dynamic intersection of feminism and medicine at the upcoming Student Symposium on Feminist Research & Medicine featuring a keynote address by Prof. Ritter. Take part on May 18th for an enlightening exploration of gender sensitivity, dis

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