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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  • 6th TVB-EBRAINS Integrated Workflows Workshop

    3

    Sep

    Digital Event

    TVB-EBRAINS Integrated Workflows - 6th Virtual Workshop will be held on September 3rd from 1200 to 1500 CEST.

    The purpose of this Workshop Series is to discuss existing interfaces and workflows of TVB in ERRAINS that have been developed in SGA2 an

  • Wissensstadt Berlin

    3

    Aug

    Berlin, Germany

    As part of Wissensstadt Berlin 2021 Prof. Petra Ritter will hold a public talk in front of the Rotes Rathaus in Berlin, Mitte. The talk - The Virtual Brain - das menschliche Gehirn verstehen - will be held in G

  • NFDI-Neuroscience - 5th Community Workshop

    13

    Jul

    Digital Event

    Participate in the 5th community workshop of NFDI-Neuroscience on July 13/14.

    There will be several lectures on research data management contributed by Brain Simulation section members.

  • NFDI Conference 2021

    8

    Jul

    Digital Event

    Prof Ritter will present the Initiative National Research Data Infrastructure Initiative (NFDI) Neuroscience at the NFDI Conference 2021 that takes place on July 8.

    Find out more here.

  • CNS*2021 Workshop

    6

    Jul

    Digital Event

    At CNS*2021 we will be holding a workshop on "Training resources for cross initiative data-driven modeling workflows".

    Prof Petra Ritter will introduce training resources for The Virtual Brain.

    July 6 at 10-13:30 EDT / 16-19:30 CEST.

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  • Digitaltag 2021

    18

    Jun

    Digital Event

    Prof. Petra Ritter will contribute to the panel Krankheiten vorbeugen und bekämpfen. Was ist digital möglich? at the 2021 Digitaltag on the 18th of June at 12:30 - 13:00.

  • European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience (EITN) Workshop

    10

    Jun

    Digital Event

    Learn about TVB-integrated workflows in upcoming European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience (EITN) workshop [Computational Neuroscience in EBRAINS](https://www.eitn.org/index.php/calendar-event/eventdetail/744/-/workshop-on-

  • TVB-EBRAINS integrated workflows 5th Workshop

    4

    Jun

    Digital Event

    TVB-EBRAINS Integrated Workflows - 5th Virtual Workshop will be held on June 4th at 1300 to 1500 CET.

    AGENDA AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE OR DOWNLOAD HERE

    The purpose

  • NFDI-Neuro Webinar by Prof. Ritter: Data Integration through Simulation: The Virtual Brain Cloud

    1

    Jun

    Digital Event

    The National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) Neuroscience is committed to organize and sustain cross-community research data management (RDM) in neuroscience.

    Find out more about the Virtual Brian Cloud by attending the webinar of Prof. Ritter: Da

  • OHBM 2021 Educational Course ”An Introduction to Network Neuroscience”

    31

    May

    Digital Event

    OHBM 2021 Educational Course ”An Introduction to Network Neuroscience” has just been announced here.

    Find out more about the courses [here](https://www.humanbrainmapping.org/i4a/pages/index.c