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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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  • BrainModes Conference 2022



    November 18–21, Viña del Mar, Chile

    After two years of absence due to the pandemic, BrainModes Conference is back!

    The 2022 edition of the BrainModes conference is dedicated to the **investigation of brain health through the comput

  • The Virtual Brain at SfN 2022!



    November 12–16, San Diego, USA

    Visit The Virtual Brain booth 3116 at the Neuroscience 2022 in San Diego, USA!

    SfN 2022 annual meeting is returning as in-person event from November 12 to November 16, 2022.

  • EBRAINS Training Event – Simulate with EBRAINS



    November 7–10, Digital Event

    The Brain Simulation Section is participating at the EBRAINS Infrastructure Training Event: "Simulate with EBRAINS: How to use EBRAINS research infrastructure and Fenix resources for simulations on a scale from molecules via small and large ne

  • EBRAINS Side Event at ICRI 2022



    October 21, Brno, Czech Republic & Digital

    Prof. Petra Ritter is participating at the EBRAINS Side Event, organized at

  • World Health Summit 2022



    October 16–18, Berlin, Germany & Digital

    Join the World Health Summit 2022, the first World Health Summit (WHS) together with the World Health Organization (WHO), taking place from Octo

  • 9th TVB-EBRAINS Integrated Workflows Workshop



    October 7, Digital Event

    The Brain Simulation Section is organizing the 9th TVB-EBRAINS Integrated Workflows Workshop.

    The event takes place online on Friday, October 7th, 2022 from 11:30 to 15:00 (CEST).

    The purpose of this Workshop Series is to discus

  • European Parliament Lunch Debate



    September 27, Brussels, Belgium

    Prof. Petra Ritter is participating at the new European Parliament Lunch Debate, organized by Alzheimer Europe, which will focus on **the role of artificial i

  • HBP Brain Matters #10 Webinar



    September 26, Digital Event

    Join us online for the Brain Matters #10 Webinar - Special episode for Alzheimer's week, organized by the Human Brain Project!

    This episode of Brain Matters "How HBP enables clinical research for dement

  • SAN 2022 Conference



    September 15–17, Thessaloniki, Greece

    Prof. Petra Ritter is participating at the SAN 2022 Conference, organized by the Society of Applied Neuroscience, in cooperation with the [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki](https://w

  • Bernstein Conference 2022



    September 14–16, Berlin, Germany & Digital

    The Brain Simulation Section team is participating at the Bernstein Conference 2022, organized as a hybrid event, with an onsite participation at the **Technical University of Berlin, Germa

  • Summer School 2022: The Virtual Brain in Clinical Research



    September 13, Digital Event

    This summer, we are offering a virtual course series: The Virtual Brain in Clinical Research: An Introduction.

    This course introduces the open-source neuroinformatics platform [The Virtual Brain](

  • INCF Neuroinformatics Assembly 2022



    September 12–16, Digital Event

    The Brain Simulation Section is participating at the INCF Neuroinformatics Assembly 2022, taking place as a virtual meeting.

    The event is organized from September 12 to September 16, 2022.

    Neuroinformatics Assembly is th

  • HBP Partnering Projects Meeting



    September 5–7, Nijmegen, Netherlands

    Prof. Petra Ritter is participating at the EBRAINS Workshop: HBP Partnering Projects Meeting: status quo and outlook, hosted by the international summer school [Donders Cognitive, Brain & Technology Summer school (DCBT 2022)](https://bcbt.specs-lab.c

  • 2022 Neuroergonomics and NYC Neuromodulation Conferences



    July 28 – August 1, New York City, NY, USA

    Prof. Petra Ritter is participating at the 2022 Neuroergonomics and NYC Neuromodulation Conferences, hosted at the historic City College of New York, USA.

    The event takes place fr

  • IBIO Neuroassembly on Cognitive Virtual Brain



    July 14, Digital Event

    Prof. Petra Ritter is giving a presentation at the IBIO Neuroassembly, taking place online on Thursday, July 14th, 2022 at 4 pm (CEST).

    This seminar focuses on "Key principles that lead to cognitive performance variability in per