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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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  • 5th HBP Student Conference on Interdisciplinary Brain Research



    Digital Event

    We are pleased to announce that Petra Ritter will hold a keynote lecture on The Virtual Brain Cloud at the 5th HBP Student Conference on Interdisciplinary Brain Research.

    The conference will take place virtually over four days, with a versatile o

  • Webinar: Computational modeling of candidate mechanisms of neurodegeneration



    Digital Event

    Upcoming Human Brain Project Webinar: Petra Ritter from Charité Berlin will speak about Computational modeling of candidate mechanisms of neurodegeneration.

    Prof. Ritter will provide insight to the work of the [Virtual Brain Cloud EU Project] (htt

  • Virtual Brain Cloud at 30th Alzheimer Europe Conference



    Digital Event

    **We will present our EU project Virtual Brain Cloud at the [30th Alzheimer Europe Conference]( "Alzheimer Europe Conference Websit

  • Brain Innovation Days Live Event



    Digital Event

    Brain Innovation Days will be hosting a live Digital Event on the 13th of October.

    Petra Ritter, our lab lead, will be speaking about brain simulation and The Virtual Brain Cloud

  • ICN DataWeek Charité



    Digital Event

    ICN DataWeek Charité runs from October 12 - 14 with sessions from 10:00 until 16:45 every day.

    The aim of the conference is to support a strong data strategy in order to increase reproducibility of neuroscience results, increase creativity in

  • Science is Wonderful



    Digital Event

    Join us for a series of online events as part of the Science Is Wonderful! exhibition during the European Research and Innovation days.Science is Wonderful! features an array of fun, educational online activities that introduce children and the gener

  • GDPR Impact Conference - Online



    Digital Event

    Join us September 18th for a free online conference on the impact of GDPR on digitization of biomedical research and clinical applications, including those using AI. VirtualBrainCloud will act as a case study, providing insight into the challenges an

  • Peer to Peer Session: Good Practice & Use Cases in Handling Research Data



    Digital Event

    Join us virtually for a peer to peer session about how to handle research data securely and effectively. Tomorrow, Petra Ritter will cover the topic of protecting complex personal health data that can not be anonymised, such as brain imaging. In the past

  • Dr. Petra Ritter on "Smart durch SARS-CoV-2?" event panel



    Digital Event

    **Dr. Petra Ritter will be a discussant on a digital panel about SARS-CoV-2 on August 25th. Please find information on how to participate [here, on the Tagesspiegel website.](

  • TVB EBRAINS at FENS 2020



    Digital Event

    In July 2020, Human Brain Project presented the new Research Infrastructure EBRAINS at the FENS 2020 Virtual Forum. You can find recordings of the sessions here.

    Check out our session on Th