The doctoral program "Systems Neuroscience" is a member of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB). It is hosted by the Center for Systems Neuroscience (CSN) and is conducted jointly by the University of Göttingen, the German Primate Center, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, and the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine.
The research-oriented program is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the life sciences, medicine, or related fields. As part of a bi-annual international coordinated recruitment, applications are welcome until January 15th and June 15th. Alternatively, applications can be addressed independent of deadlines directly to individual faculty members of the program.
The scientific profile of the program is characterized by the three research foci of the Center for Sytems Neuroscience (CSN):
(1) Translational neuroscience focuses on research that enables the transfer of results from basic science to human diseases. Core topics include neurodegenerative diseases, schizophrenia and neuroprotection.
(2) Functional brain imaging techniques have developed into one of the most versatile tools in neuroscience. In Göttingen a cluster of EEG-labs flanks two groups that operate several MRI systems at different field strengths for the use on humans and experimental animals. Collaborative projects focus on research addressing human brain disorders (incl. rodent models) and sensory information processing.
(3) Primates as model organisms: The German Primate Center (DPZ) provides unique opportunities for systems level neuroscience research. Research foci include basic research into higher-level processes in the visual cortex (e.g. attention, motor planning) and clinical research on neurological and psychiatric human diseases (e.g. depression, stress, Parkinson).
The program was implemented in 2003 (with reduced training requirements) as a loose association under the umbrella of the former doctoral regulations of the Faculty of Biology and has now been revised and expanded to comply with the concept of GGNB.