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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 Conference 2024

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    November 18–21, Bilbao, Spain

    Save the date for the 2024 BrainModes Conference in Bilbao, Spain, Nov 18-21. Dive into the latest in neuroimaging, brain dynamics, and health sciences – it's where innovation meets the brain!


    Anticipation is already building within the neuro

  • 2024 OHBM Annual Meeting

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    Jun

    June 23–27, Seoul, Korea

    Join the Brain Simulation Section from June 23-27 at the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul, Korea. Be part of the journey as we share groundbreaking insights in neuroimaging and brain simulation. Connect with our team, engage in discussio

  • Discover the World of Brain Science on Girls' Day at Our Research Lab

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    April 25, Berlin, Germany

    Mark your calendars for April 25th and get ready for an unforgettable journey into the realm of brain science!


    On April 25th, an exciting opportunity awaits young girls across the country. It’s Girls' Day, a special day dedicated to ins

  • Charting the Future at the "Digital Twin – People Across the Phases of Life" Conference

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    Mar

    March 13, Munich, Germany

    Dive into tomorrow's digital landscape with MÜNCHNER KREIS! Join the "Digital Twin – People Across the Phases of Life" conference on March 13, 2024, in Munich. Guided by the expertise of Prof. Petra Ritter, this event promises transformative insights

  • Welcome to the Dawn of AI Innovation: xTEF 2024 Event

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    March 4, Berlin, Germany

    Ready for a glimpse into the future of AI? The xTEF 2024 Event in Berlin on March 4 is where it all begins. Explore the pinnacle of European AI innovation with AI-Matters, Agrifood TEF, Citcom.ai, and TEF-Health. Connect, discover, and be part of the

  • Discover the Future of Neuroscience with Prof. Petra Ritter in the EBRAINS Webinar

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    Feb

    February 12, ONLINE

    Discover the potential of collaborative neuroscience in the "The EBRAINS Project: A Gateway to Collaborative Neuroscience" webinar on February 12th. Prof. Petra Ritter will introduce EBRAINS, an innovative digital infrastructure facilitating brain res

  • Exploring the Nexus of Neuroscience and Art: The Transdisciplinary Symposium on Neuron Aesthetics

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    January 26–27, Berlin, Germany

    The Transdisciplinary Symposium on Neuron Aesthetics at Humboldt University on January 26-27, 2024, blends neuroscience and the arts, featuring key insights from Prof. Petra Ritter. Focusing on neuron aesthetics, memory, and the interplay between musi

  • Prof. Petra Ritter at the Forefront of AI in Medicine - 6th MIM Symposium

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    January 11, BERLIN, GERMANY

    Don't miss the 6th MIM Symposium on January 11, 2024, featuring Prof. Petra Ritter's insights on AI in medical technology. This German-language event, hosted at the Forum Digital Technologies in Berlin, will delve into AI's impact on minimally invasiv

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

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    Dec

    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

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    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!

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    Nov

    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

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    November 28, Online

    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

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    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

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    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!

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    Nov

    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