Welcome at the Centre for Transdisciplinary Neurosciences Rostock (CTNR)

Resilience in Neurodegeneration - from the model to the patient to the population

The Centre for Transdisciplinary Neurosciences Rostock (CTNR, Neurozentrum Rostock) bundles the local scientific activities of neurosciences to improve the visibility and outcomes of the University Medical Centre in the field. The centre represents one of the three main scientific areas (Forschungsschwerpunkte) at the University Medical Centre Rostock.

Call for Abstratcs: CTNR Summer School, September 02nd - 04th, 2021 (Deadline extended)

Joining Forces for Rostock Neurosciences - Technology Expertise Blitz

The first CTNR Summer School will be a platform for the get-to-know and networking of young and senior scientists from Rostock in the field of Neurosciences.

Information, registration and call for abstracts (Deadline: 11 June 2021):


DFG is funding longitudinal cohort study at the Psychiatry

May 2021

"The role of pandemic and individual vulnerability in longitudinal cohorts across the life span: refined models of neurosociobehavioral pathways into substance (ab)use?"

Individual decisions for risky behavior, such as substance consumption, are influenced by neurobehavioral microstates, including impulsivity or maladaptive stress reactivity. These decisions have, yet, also been attributed to socioaffective cues - from macrosocial norms and opportunities, including access routes or private space, to mesosocial factors, including closeness to consuming peers or amount of familial stress. The German Research Foundation (DFG) approved a consortium application under the leadership of Kiel Professor of Medical Psychology and Sociology Frauke Nees, which combines several German longitudinal studies.

The Rostock longitudinal study is the oldest of the participating studies, because it started 50 years ago with the birth of around 300 Rostock children. A video on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Rostock longitudinal study can be found here. The study has been carried out by the CTNR member PD Dr. Olaf Reis, manages and combines data from very different areas of life.

The total application amount is over 1 Mio € for three years, about a third of it are going to the Rostock project.

Publication at Ärzteblatt MV

May 2021

Our CTNR Neuro Clinicien Scientist Dr. Felix Streckebach published an article about his intersting research project on "Bioresorbierbarer, intrakranieller Stent zur endovaskulären Therapie" in the current edition (May 2021) of the Ärzteblatt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

More information.

CTNR Activity Report 2019 - 2020

May 2021

The report of the CTNR and its members' activities in 2019 and 2020 has been published and is now available online.

After a successful evaluation in 2020 and the additional funding period for another four years we have the possibility to create ideas for new projects. In this sense, it is planned to establish a master’s course in "Translational Neuroscience", to implement a common Neuroscience Campus between Lund and Rostock as well as to apply for a DFG Research Training Group. In addition to this promotion of young talents, beside the Clinician Scientist program, a Medical Scientist program has also been launched to strengthen motivated researcher in the CTNR.

We have also succeeded in creating a Lecture of Excellence in order to gather outstanding researchers in the field of neuroscience to Rostock. These are just a few highlights of the last two years. For a deeper look into the activities of the CNTR we would like to invite you to enjoy this brochure.

The CTNR Board

A nationwide supply network for ALS patients

April 2021

The ALS center at Rostock University Medical Center is a central point of contact for those who are sick in the region. With the support of the European Social Fund and the state government, a project is now being implemented that aims to provide interdisciplinary networked care for all people with ALS in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MV). Principal investigator and CTNR member Prof. Andreas Hermann (right) and  case manager Sophie Fischer (left) will ensure that patients and their families should be optimally cared for, and regional and supra-regional resources should be consistently improved and used. Up to 200 people currently suffer from the incurable disease in MV.

More information.

Children in the corona crisis: "Many have become more independent"

Interview with Prof. Dr. med. Michael Kölch in DER SPIEGEL

CTNR member Michael Kölch, Professor for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in an interview about the effects on the Corona generation and the learning strategies of children in DER SPIEGEL: SPIEGEL PLUS article.

CTNR Online Lecture: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Haass (LMU, DZNE München)

March 2021

On 18th March, 46 young and senior scientists of the neuroscience community in Rostock attended the CTNR online lecture of the oustanding researcher Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Haass (LMU, DZNE München). The lecture was about:“Microglial modulation of neurodegenerative diseases – innovative therapies or devilish gambling?”

Christian Haass is Professor of Biochemistry and head of the Department of Metabolic Biochemistry at the Adolf-Butenandt Institute (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich). Since 2009, he is also the speaker of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Disorders (DZNE) in Munich. He holds many excellent awards and is leader of outstanding projects, e.g. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Award (DFG), ERC advanced grant, DFG Reinhart Koselleck Project and is ranked as a highly cited researcher (Web of Science). He is i.a. elected member of the Leopoldina, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and member of the Society for Neuroscience.

His Division of Biochemistry at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich is investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Frontotemporal Dementia. A major focus includes the identification of target molecules, which can be modulated in future therapeutic approaches.

The CTNR thanks Prof. Haass for the excellent and inspiring talk.

CTNR Neuro Medical Scientists

March 2021

Starting in April 2021, Janine Petters will be funded by the CTNR for six months as a Medical Scientist. 

Her research deals with the development and characterization of a patient-specific iPSC-derived cell model system for the copper storage disorder Wilson disease which mainly affects the liver and brain. As a CTNR Medical Scientist, Janine Petters tries to find potential drug candidates and aims to test these substances in her differentiated iPSC-derived liver cell model in order to correct the dysfunctional copper transporter ATP7B in iPSC-derived hepatocytes from Wilson disease patients.

Review Board

January 2021

With the kind support of a review board, the applicants were assessed as part of the CTNR Medical Scientist Programme. The CTNR Board would like to thank the experts for their cooperation:

New CTNR Logo

February 2021

The CTNR now has a new and more modern logo. It replaces the original logo which stood for the implementation of the CTNR.

Election of the new CTNR Board

November 2020

According the CTNR bylaws, the term of office of the incumbent CTNR board members ended on November 22, 2020. At the 4th members meeting on October 30, 2020, the CTNR members elected the following board members for the next period:

  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. med. Alexander Storch (Dept. of Neurology)
  • Deputy Speaker: Prof. Dr. med. Rüdiger Köhling (Oscar-Langendorff-Institute of Physiology)
  • Prof. Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Markus Kipp (Institute of Anatomy)
  • PD Dr. rer. nat. Angela Kuhla (Rudolf-Zenker-Institute for Experimental Surgery)
  • Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Teipel (Dept. of Psychosomatic and Psychotherapeutic Medicine)

The term of office of the new board begins on November 23, 2020 and ends after three years.

CTNR Medical Scientist Programme

November 2020

The CTNR Neuro Medical Scientist Programme includes the financial support of positions for (non-physician) medical scientists/doctoral candidates with a focus on neurosciences. The financial support is used to give young scientists the opportunity to apply for third-party funds (“Anschubfinanzierung”) or to complete the doctorate (“Überbrückungsfinanzierung”).

Information, Guidelines and Application

CTNR Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) Programme

November 2020

From now on, the CTNR provides the framework for an educational programme for doctoral candidates of CTNR members. Doctoral researchers get the possibility to be supervised by a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC aims to provide guidance for both the doctoral candidate and their supervisors, in order for them to reach a successful end of the project. The CTNR provides a pool of members as potential TAC supervisors.

Information, Guidelines and Templates

CTNR Qualification Program - Fundamentals of Scientific Work

November 2020

On November 2nd, the CTNR is starting a series of seminars for young scientists on "the fundamentals of scientific work for doctoral students in medicine". The aim is to impart basic knowledge and skills in scientific work. In addition, an introduction to the statistical basics will be given. At the end of the course, the young scientists should have acquired the basic knowledge to create their own scientific work. They will learn to select and evaluate literature in order to formulate their research hypotheses based on this, to choose a design that is suitable for the research work and to apply appropriate procedures for evaluating the data. The seminars always take place on Mondays at 5 p.m. at Hörsaal Zentrum für Nervenheilkunde, Gehlsheimer Str. 20, 18147 Rostock. The seminar is hosted by the Forensic Psychiatry.

Please find all information and topics here.

New Chair of the Forensic Section in the World Psychiatric Association

October 2020

Germany's forensic psychiatry should be better recognized internationally: That is the concern of Prof. Dr. Birgit Völlm, Director of the Clinic for Forensic Psychiatry at the Rostock University Medical Center and member of the CTNR. Now she has the opportunity to put her ideas into practice. She was unanimously elected as the new Chair of the Forensic Section in the World Psychiatric Association. The association has 72 scientific sections and organizes worldwide and regional scientific congresses, publishes the journal with the highest impact factor of psychiatric journals and publishes guidelines and opinions on current issues in psychiatric practice and ethics.

Press release.

First Clinician Scientist Retreat

October 2020

On October 14th, the 10 Clinician Scientists of the Rostock Academy for Clinician Scientists (RACS) and of the Clinician Scientists Programs of the three scientific priority areas Biomedical Engineering/Biomaterials, Neurosciences and Oncology met the first time on a scientific retreat at the Ostseehotel Dierhagen. In addition to lectures by the young scientists, their evaluations and meetings of the steering committee, a workshop on the subject of research funding and third-party funding applications was held by the CTNR coordinator Virginia Bolowski.

First Virtual Lecture of the CTNR Qualification Program

August 2020

On August 26th, the first CTNR online seminar took place. The virtual lecture on how to write DFG grant proposals (Sachbeihilfe) was given by the coordinator Virginia Bolowski. 48 participants followed the seminar that is part of the CTNR qualification program. The overall aim is to support young scientists by offering a soft skill and training program. The feedback of the attendees was more than positive. The  CTNR qualification program and its regular events can be found here.

“Thank you very much for the wonderful seminar today about submitting a DFG research grant! It was a great overview and also refreshed a lot." (participant)

4th CTNR Members' Meeting

October 2020

Fourth meeting of the CTNR members.

30 October 2020, at 2:00 pm
Hörsaal Zentrum für Nervenheilkunde
Klinik und Poliklinik für Neurologie
Gehlsheimer Straße 20, 18147 Rostock

(Participation only by invitation)

CTNR lecture: Forensic Neuroscience

August 2020

On August 17th, the guest speaker PhD Josanne van Dongen of the Erasmus University Rotterdam gave a lecture as part of the CTNR lecture series on the topic "Forensic Neuroscience: How neuroscientific insights can add to forensic psychology". She was invited by the CTNR member Prof. Dr. Birgit Völlm (Head of Forensic Psychiatry). 25 participants followed the lecture under the applicable hygiene rules. The event was organized and financially supported by the CTNR. The next dates of the series will be announced here.

How corona viruses get into the human brain

August 2020

International team of researchers examines influence on olfactory organ

The CTNR member Prof. Dr. Martin Witt works with colleagues from Zurich and Dresden to check what damage Covid-19 does to the olfactory mucosa of humans. In the study they "report two cases of olfactory neuropathy diagnosed at autopsy in patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection".

More information (in German).

The study has now been published in the journal The Lancet and can be found here.

Neuro Clinician Scientist at the CTNR

July 2020

Starting in august 2020, Dr. med. Felix Streckenbach will be a Clinician Scientist of the CTNR Clinician Scientist Program for Neurosciences.

Since 2018, Dr. Streckenbach is a resident at the Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Pediatric Radiology and Neuroradiology at the University Medical Center Rostock and member of the clinical research group in Neuroradiology. As a Neuro Clinician Scientist, Dr. Streckenbach will work on the “development of a biodegradable stent for intracranial aneurysms”.

The clinical mentor of Dr. Streckenbach is Prof. Dr. med. Marc-André Weber (Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Pediatric Radiology and Neuroradiology) and the scientific mentors are Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nils Grabow and Prof. Dr.-Ing Klaus-Peter Schmitz (Institute for Biomedical Engineering).

CTNR Events

March 2020

Due to the current situation all timely CTNR events (Lecture of Excellence, lecture series) are cancelled and postponed.

More information.

CANCELLED: Lectures of Excellence – 20 April 2020

February 2020

Professor Dr. Hans R. Schöler (Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Münster) will be the next guest speaker within the CTNR Lectures of Excellence.

Schöler's major research interests are the molecular biology of cells of the germline (pluripotent cells and germ cells), transcriptional regulation of genes in the mammalian germline, deciphering the molecular processes of reprogramming somatic cells after induction with transcription factors, nuclear transfer into oocytes, or fusion with pluripotent cells. In 2008, he received the Robert Koch Prize.

6:30 pm, 20 April 2020, Aula, Universitätsplatz 1, 18055 Rostock

More information.

DFG Review Board Election 2019

December 2019

The CTNR members Prof. Rüdiger Köhling (Fach-Nr. 206-05: Experimentelle Modelle zum Verständnis von Erkrankungen des Nervensystems) and Prof. Olaf Wolkenhauer (Fach 201-07: Bioinformatik und Theoretische Biologie) were elected by the German science community as new DFG review board members for the next period 2020 – 2023.

More information.

CTNR Activity Report 2017 - 2018

December 2019

The report of the CTNR and its members' activities in 2017 and 2018 has been published and is now available online. The report presents the development of the CTNR in the first two years after its founding and provides a snapshot of ongoing activities. It contains the research profiles of the members as well as the description of the education and transfer activities.

CTNR Lecture Series - Funding opportunities for young scientists

November 2019

On 18th November, the CTNR coordinator, Virginia Bolowski, gave a talk about funding opportunities for young scientists in the framework of the CTNR Lecture Series. More than 30 participants were interested in the information about national and international third-party funding bodies and their programs.

Stakeholder Workshop - Participation for better solutions in dementia

November 2019

On 13th November, the CTNR and the Department "Ageing of Individuals and Society" of the Interdisciplinary Faculty organised a stakeholder workshop in the field of neurodegenerative diseases. Affected persons, researchers and other representatives of care and society exchanged experiences and opinions about risks and benefits of participative research.

With the method of a "World Café" the participants worked out how active cooperation should be designed and what kind of research questions could be relevant.

Start of the CTNR Lecture Series

October 2019

Since October, CTNR members have the opportunity to receive organisational and financial support for events in neurosciences such as lectures, symposiums, workshops etc. Within the frame of the CTNR lecture series they can apply for a topic and guest speakers. The lecture series will take place once a month at 4 pm at Hörsaal, Zentrum f. Nervenheilkunde, Gehlsheimer Str. 20.
For topics and free spots see "Educational Activities".

First Neuro Clinician Scientist at the CTNR

October 2019

From October 2019 on, Dr. med. Maxi Kersten, will be the first Clinician Scientist of the CTNR Clinician Scientist Program for Neurosciences. The program aims for a research protected time within the specialist/subspecialist training time to conduct a theoretical research project under the umbrella of the Rostock Academy for Clinician Scientists (RACS).

Since 2015, Dr. Kersten is a resident at the Department of Neurology and member of a clinical research group for movement disorders and deep brain stimulation. As a Neuro Clinician Scientist, Dr. Kersten will work on "Functional characterization of the basal ganglia-cortex network to improve individual clinical efficacy of deep brain stimulation in movement disorders".

The clinical mentor of Dr. Kersten is Prof. Dr. med. Alexander Storch (Department of Neurology) and the scientific mentor is Prof. Dr. med. Rüdiger Köhling (Oscar-Langendorff- Institute of Physiology).

3rd CTNR Members' Meeting

October 2019

16th October 2019, at 4:00 pm
Konferenzraum 039 (Neubau, Teil B, EG)
Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
Zentrum für Nervenheilkunde
Gehlsheimer Str. 20
18147 Rostock

(Participation only by invitation)

New CTNR Staff Members

September 2019

Since September 2019, the CTNR welcomes two new staff members:

Alexandra Brandenburg will support the CTNR as a project manager to develop and implement a research platform für clinical trials in the field of neurosciences. After completing her university studies in law in Greifswald and Kiel, she worked at the University Hospital Aachen (UKA) at the Center for Translational & Clinical Research Aachen (CTC-A) and in the legal Department of the UKA where she gained comprehensive knowledge in the field of clinical trials. In addition to the project management of clinical studies from the planning phase to the completion, her work will focuses on contract management, the preparation of Standard Operation Procedures (SOP's) and the support of investigators of clinical studies.

Dr. Jacqueline Hofrichter will support the CTNR as a project assistant to develop and establish the planned CTNR Master's program "Translational Neurosciences". In addition, she will assist the orgainisation of CTNR events (Lecture of Excellence, CTNR Lecture Series). She is a biologist and received her doctorate in the field of neurodegenerative diseases from Rostock University. She worked with transgenic mouse models of Alzheimer's disease and was particularly concerned with investigating disease mechanisms and therapy options. After completing her doctorate, she worked for several years in the Department of Extracorporeal Immunomodulation (EXIM) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI). She is working as a research associate at University Medical Center Rostock since 2018 on the establishment of cell culture models for investigations at the blood brain barrier and the neuronal network.

Neuro Clinician Scientist

July 2019

The CTNR offers two Clinician Scientist positions in the Neurosciences for the research protected time of two years within the specialist/subspecialist training time to conduct a theoretical research project. The program consists of an individual clinical, scientific and soft skill educational curriculum under the umbrella of the Rostock Academy for Clinician Scientists (RACS).

Application information.

Honorary doctorate for the CTNR member Prof. Dr. med. Martin Witt

August 2019

For his research on the detection of proteins in cells and tissues using so-called immunohistochemical techniques the anatomist and CTNR member of the University of Rostock, Prof. Dr. med. med. Martin Witt, was awarded with an honorary doctorate from the Medical University of Poznan in Poland. Immunohistochemistry is a method by which proteins or other structures can be visualized with the help of labeled antibodies. The ceremony took place on June 26, 2019 in the Congress and Teaching Center of the Medical University of Poznan.

The Vice-Rector for Research of the Medical University of Poznan and promoter of the procedure, Prof. Michał Nowicki, justifies the award: "He is a proven expert in the detection of proteins in cells and tissues and a master of image processing. He is particularly interested in the structural and molecular basis for the function of the olfactory system in neurodegenerative diseases. The colleagues in Poznan also benefit from the research stays of the Rostock anatomist Witt, because with his support they were able to write numerous scientific papers. In addition, a unique experimental angiological team (teaching of the arteries, veins and lymph vessels) has been established."

The CTNR congratulates Prof. Witt for the awarding.

CTNR Lectures of Excellence starts successfully with Nobel laureate Prof. Nüsslein-Volhard

March 2019

On 20th March 2019, the newly initiated CTNR "Lectures of Excellence: Pioneers in Neurosciences" took place for the first time. The Nobel laureate Prof. Nüsslein-Volhard gave a very demonstrative lecture on "The stripes of Zebrafish: Development and evolution of biological aesthetics". About 200 participants visited the lecture in the Aula of the Universities main building and used the opportunity to get in close contact with the excellent scientist.

The Pro-Rector of Research and Transfer of Knowledge of the University of Rostock, Prof. Udo Kragl opend the event with an opening speech and presented Prof. Nüsslein-Volhard with the jubilee medal of the University (Jubiläumstaler).

More information.

Fotos: Thomas Mandt

High attendance at the CTNR seminar about third-party funds

February 2019

On 27th February 2019, within the CTNR qualification program, the CTNR member Prof. Olaf Wolkenhauer offered a seminar about how to write successful grants. He talked about the review process and gave useful advices about the grant writing and application process.

64 researchers of the University and University Medicine Rostock took the opportunity to get in close contact with the member of the DFG review board. 

More information about the event.

Albrecht-Kossel-Section for Translational Neurodegeneration

January 2019

The Albrecht-Kossel-Section for Translational Neurodegeneration at the Department of Neurology will be newly founded on the 01.01.2019 and is investigating the mechanisms of physiological and pathological aging as well as the pathophysiology of neurodegeneration. Aiming for the translation of innovative therapies into the clinical neurology, the main focus of the group is the application of human cell models of pathological aging (progeria infantilis and adultorum, down-syndrome), of adult neurodegeneration (ALS/FTD) and of juvenile neurodegeneration (chorea-acanthocytosis, Niemann pick type C, NCL). We want to combine the strategies of reducing pathological aging on the one side and the specific therapy of neurodegeneration on the other side.

New Section Leader:
Prof. Dr. Dr. A. Hermann

Available positions at the AKOS.

2nd CTNR Members' Meeting

December 2018

13th December 2018, at 5:00 pm
Konferenzraum 039 (Neubau, Teil B, EG)
Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
Zentrum für Nervenheilkunde
Gehlsheimer Str. 20
18147 Rostock

(Participation only by invitation)

Presentation of the CTNR at the 9th Research Workshop

November 2018

Members of the CTNR will present their research work within the "Profilschwerpunkt Neurowissenschaften" at the 9th Research Workshop of the University Medicine Rostock.

16th November2018, beginning at 8:30 am
Campus Ulmenstraße 69
18057 Rostock


Successful completion of the CTNR workshop about DFG research grants

October 2018

The scientific coordinator of the CTNR, Virginia Bolowski, initiated successfully the first workshop about the DFG research grant (Sachbeihilfe). The workshop was about the content, structure and submission process of a research grant at the German Research Foundation.

26 participants of various institutes of the University Medical Centre got the possibility to get in touch with this funding instrument by doing practical exercises and interacting with each other.

The workshop is part of the CTNR qualification program to strengthen grant efforts within the University Medical Centre Rostock.

Clinician Scientist Program at the University Medicine Rostock

October 2018

To improve the recruiting of young medical scientific researchers and to support their specific challenges concerning compatibility of research and clinical work, the University Medicine Rostock (UMR) established an overall clinician scientist program ("Strukturprogramm Clinician Scientist").

In order to create efficient incentives for an academic/research career besides medical training, 15 positions for an advanced training in a clinical specialty/subspecialty (ärztliche Weiterbildungsstellen) are advertised.

The key element of the program is the research protected time of two years within the specialist/subspecialist training time to conduct a theoretical research project. The program consits of an individual clinical, scientific and soft skill educational curriculum and is structured into a Junior and an Advanced Clinician Scientist Program.

The positions are available now: job advertisement.

Newsletter about Funding Opportunities, Training and Events in Neurosciences

The monthly newsletter is a free service of the Centre for Transdisciplinary Neurosciences Rostock. It provides information about recent funding opportunities, awards, training opportunities and events in the field of neurosciences.

Presentation of the CTNR at the 8th Research Workshop

November 2017

The Boardmembers of the CTNR will present the "Profilschwerpunkt Neurowissenschaften" at the 8th Research Workshop of the University Medicine Rostock.

24th November2017, beginning at 9:00 am
Campus Ulmenstraße 69
18057 Rostock



1st CTNR Members' Meeting

November 2017

First meeting of the CTNR members.

22nd November 2017, at 5:00 pm
Hörsaal Zentrum für Nervenheilkunde
Klinik und Poliklinik für Neurologie
Gehlsheimer Straße 20, 18147 Rostock

(Participation only by invitation)