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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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    BrainModes project & results highlighted by CORDIS!

    July 2

    The BrainModes project: "Personalized whole brain simulations: linking connectomics and dynamics in the human brain", which received funding from the European Research Council, has ended last January 2022. Time to report the results achiev

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    Prof. Ritter talks about TVB Cloud in Alzheimer Europe magazine!

    June 24

    Read the interview given by Prof. Petra Ritter about Horizon 2020-funded Virtual Brain Cloud project: "VirtualBrainCloud project uses AI-based brain simulations to improve the classification of Alzheimer's disease", in **Dementia Europe Magazi

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    TVB on EBRAINS highlighted in the last CORDIS news!

    June 12

    CORDIS recently featured EBRAINS Virtual Brain Cloud Facility Hub Services in its online article: "Making brain research easier with open-source software".

    TVB on EBRAINS services were developed under the lea

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    eBRAIN-Health project awarded funding by European Union!

    June 11

    The Brain Simulation Section is proud to announce that the eBRAIN-Health project: Actionable Multilevel Health Data, coordinated by Prof. Petra Ritter, has been funded with € 13Mill by Horizon Europe.

    This comprehensive European infrastruc

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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!

    This year, the event takes place from November 18, 2022 to November 21, 2022 in Viña del Mar, Chile.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Summer School 2022: The Virtual Brain in Clinical Research



    August 9 – 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](

  • 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