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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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  • School of Brain Cells & Circuits "Camillo Golgi" 2023



    December 8–12, Erice, Italy

    Discover the forefront of brain research at the International School of Brain Cells & Circuits "Camillo Golgi" 2023. This year's course, focusing on "Modeling the brain in health and disease: towards digital twins," offers insights into constructing b

  • Unlocking the Future of Health Business in Portugal at the XIV Annual Conference of the Health Cluster Portugal



    November 29, Lisbon, Portugal

    Mark your calendars for November 29, 2023, as the XIV Annual Conference of the Health Cluster Portugal unfolds in Lisbon. Themed "Health Business Portugal," this event at the University of Lisbon will delve into the crucial role of health in fueling s

  • Don't Miss the BrainModes Conference 2023!



    November 29 – December 1, Hamburg, Germany & Online

    Don't miss the BrainModes Conference 2023, a cutting-edge neuroscience event happening from Nov 29 - Dec 1. Organized by Petra Ritter, Claus Hilgetag, and Andreas K. Engel, it's your chance to explore innovative brain research and connect with experts

  • Fall School 2023: The Virtual Brain in Clinical Research



    November 28, Online Event

    We are excited to announce the much-anticipated return of our Virtual Course Series: "The Virtual Brain in Clinical Research: An Introduction" for the Fall 2023 edition!

    We are thrilled to welcome you back to our **Virtual Course Series for Fal

  • ABDS Academy 2023



    November 27 – December 8, Lagos, Nigeria

    Get ready for ABDS Academy 2023! This intensive two-week training in MRI neuroimaging, hosted in Lagos, Nigeria, from November 27 to December 8, offers hands-on experience with African datasets and insights from Prof. Petra Ritter. Sharpen your skills

  • Explore the Future of AI in Europe: 4th European AI Alliance Assembly



    November 16–17, Madrid, Spain & Online

    Join Prof. Petra Ritter at the 4th European AI Alliance Assembly on November 16-17, 2023, in Madrid, as she discusses Trustworthy AI. Explore the latest developments in AI policy, the European AI Strategy, and international collaborations, and have th

  • Join Us at Neuroscience 2023!



    November 11–15, Washington, D.C, USA

    Join us from November 11–15 at Neuroscience 2023, where the global scientific community converges to explore the latest in neuroscience. Dive into sessions, connect with experts, and visit The Virtual Brain exhibit at booth 3322, where the Berlin team

  • Empowering European AI, Data, and Robotics: Prof. Petra Ritter at ADR Forum 2023



    November 8–9, Versailles, France & Online

    We're thrilled to announce the active participation of our group leader, Prof. Petra Ritter, in the upcoming AI, Data, Robotics Forum: "Generative AI for European society and industry". Organize

  • Exploring Open Innovation in Healthcare at Falling Walls Science Summit 2023



    November 7–9, Berlin, Germany

    Join Prof. Petra Ritter and a distinghuised lineup of experts at the Falling Walls Science Summit 2023 in Berlin from November 7-9. This prestigious event promises to be a hub of groundbreaking scientific insights and discussions, with a special focus

  • Revealing the Power of Condensed Complexity: Giersch School & International Conference 2023



    November 6–10, Frankfurt, Germany

    Don't miss Prof. Petra Ritter's talk at the Giersch School & International Conference 2023, "Condensed Complexity." Explore the essence of information processing and cognition across various fields, and join us to delve into this intellectual journey.

  • Thalamus Conference 2023



    October 30–31, Tübingen, Germany & Online Event

    Delve into the intricacies of the thalamus at the "Thalamus Anatomy and Connectomics" conference, taking place on October 30-31, 2023, at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, and online. Explore thalamic anatomy, conn

  • SciDataCon at International Data Week 2023



    October 23–26, Salzburg, Austria

    Dive into the world of data at SciDataCon 2023! Hosted by the University of Salzburg, with the backing of prestigious institutions, this event is a must-attend during International Data Week 2023, running from October 23rd to 26th. Explore the latest

  • World Health Summit 2023



    October 15–17, Berlin, Germany & Online

    The World Health Summit 2023, in collaboration with the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and M8 Alliance, is set to

  • Today: Explore the Future of AI in Healthcare with Prof. Petra Ritter



    October 9, Digital Event

    Join us today, October 9th, for a captivating digital consultation featuring Prof. Petra Ritter. Delve into the innovative TEF-Health project, a game-changing EU-funded project with a 60-million-euro budget. Learn about the project's mission to expedi

  • Unveiling the Future of Medicine: Explore Precision Medicine at Futurium, Berlin



    October 9, Berlin, Germany

    Embark on a journey to the forefront of medical innovation at the "Explore Precision Medicine" event in Berlin's Futurium on October 9, 2023. Delve into the world of personalized healthcare, where genetics, lifestyle, and environment converge to resha