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31 August 2018

The latest work by Karl Farrow and his team zooms in on the organization of neurons in the superior colliculus, a midbrain structure that mediates attention and orientation responses to...

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People at NERF: Rik van Daal

27 July 2018

Postgraduate student Rik van Daal won an award for his MSc thesis supervised by Bob Puers (Faculty of Engineering) and Fabian Kloosterman (NERF). Now that he graduated...

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New research reveals central role of the hippocampus in instructing the neocortex in spatial navigation and memory

17 July 2018

A research collaboration between the labs of Vincent Bonin at NERF and Bruce McNaughton at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge, Canada, has provided new...

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KU Leuven grant for Karl Farrow and Lieve Moons

25 June 2018

Great news for Karl Farrow and KU Leuven colleague Lieve Moons, from the department of biology. Together they secured a C1 grant from the university to investigate the causal...

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05 June 2018

NERF teams up with Cell Symposia to organize an exciting meeting in Leuven Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2018 that will broadly focus on neurotechnologies for research and neuroprosthetic applications, covering advances in...

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People at NERF: Meet Guillem

07 May 2018

Hi Guillem! You recently started your PhD at NERF in the lab of Aya Takeoka. What is your project all about? My aim is to understand how a specific sensory...

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Proximal and distal modulation with new optoelectrode

30 March 2018

As part of a collaboration between several partners, including the Haesler lab and scientists at KU Leuven and imec, a new optoelectrode was designed, fabricated and tested. The optolelectrode...

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Odor response in zebrafish: zooming in on cilia

21 March 2018

Several sensory systems, including vision and olfaction, rely on cilia-mediated sensory transduction. In vertebrates, olfactory sensory neurons located in the nasal cavity detect odors. Cilia on olfactory sensory neurons are...

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New algorithm for improved respiration measurements

19 March 2018

All mammals breath by actively ventilating their lungs. Inhalation is essential for the delivery of oxygen, but also of airborne odorants that direct our sense of smell. Thus, accurate measurement...

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Origami for cells: self-folding 3D cell grippers for recording

08 March 2018

Jordi Cools, who joined the Haesler lab as neural engineer last December, recently published the research he did at imec in the journal Advanced Science. The paper presents self-folding...

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Marie Curie grant for Norma Kuhn

02 February 2018

Many congratulations to Norma Kuhn from the Farrow lab on obtaining a very competitive Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowship! Norma's work will focus on visual feature-gating in a brain...

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EU funding for STARDUST consortium

05 December 2017

The EU has granted almost €4 million to the STARDUST project; a backronym for ‘in vivo optogeneticS, elecTrophysiology and phArmacology with an ultRasonically-powered DUST for Parkinson's Disease’. ...

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Functional ultrasound imaging and 2P imaging to study the neurovascular unit

20 November 2017

Alan Urban, Clément Brunner and Gabriel Montaldo (Urban lab) teamed up with researchers in Tel Aviv and Milan to write an extensive review on the advances in...

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The brain’s response to silicon probe implants

15 November 2017

Silicon probes are small, scalable devices that allow high-quality extracellular in vivo recordings from multiple neurons simultaneously. These probes can be mass-produced at low cost, and while they have been...

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Meet us at Neuroscience 2017!

10 November 2017

A large NERF delegation is on its way to Washtington DC for the annual SfN meeting. The world’s largest neuroscience conference for scientists and physicians starts tomorrow and...

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New silicon probes record activity of hundreds of neurons simultaneously

08 November 2017

In a $5.5 million collaboration led by researchers at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, scientists at Janelia, the Allen Institute, and University College London (with grant funding from Gatsby and...

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KU Leuven in top 5 of world’s most innovative universities

06 October 2017

KU Leuven ranks fifth in the Reuters world ranking of most innovative universities, which was published today. KU Leuven is the highest ranked non-American institution in the list. Stanford...

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Navigation and spatial memory: new brain region identified to be involved

16 August 2017

Navigation in mammals including humans and rodents depends on specialized neural networks that encode the animal’s location and trajectory in the environment, serving essentially as a GPS, findings...

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Falcon: Novel open-source software for closed-loop neuroscience

07 June 2017

For decades, the brain has been studied as a black-box, providing a stimulus and recording the response. This reductionist open-loop approach is increasingly being replaced by closed-loop neuroscience, which covers...

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Localizing the source of smells in a single sniff

22 May 2017

Mice spontaneously gather information about their environment through exploratory sniffing. Identifying smells and localizing their source is not only essential for navigation, but also to obtain food and avoid danger. ...

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Katja Reinhard has been awarded an INCOMING [PEGASUS]² Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship and a non-stipendiary EMBO Longterm Fellowship

30 January 2017

Katja Reinhard, Postoctoral Scientist at Farrow Lab, has been awarded has been awarded an INCOMING [PEGASUS]² Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (collaboration between FWO and Horizon 2020) and a non-stipendiary EMBO...

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FWO doctoral scholarship for Elke Vermandere

03 January 2017

Congratulations to NERF fellow Elke Vermandere who was awarded a strategic basic research doctoral scholarship from the FWO in a collaborative project together with Lut Arckens (KUL). Elke will use...

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Dun Mao successfully defended his PhD thesis

19 December 2016

NERF fellow and Bonin lab member Dun Mao successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Neural Correlates of Sensation and Navigation in the Retrosplenial Cortex" at the University of Lethbridge on...

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09 December 2016

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Aya Takeoka secures 2017-2020 ERA-NET NEURON grant

21 November 2016

      Aya Takeoka secures 2017-2020 ERA-NET NEURON transnational consortium grant on “External Insults to the Nervous System” Aya Takeoka (VIB/KU Leuven, consortium coordinator)...

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5th VIB/NERF PhD week

24 October 2016

The 2016 NERF/VIB Phd class took place from September 26th to 28th, 2016. In 2016, the 1st year PhD students of NERF and of the VIB Center for the Biology of Disease...

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Michal Slezak joins the BioMed X Innovation Center in Heidelberg

30 September 2016

The NERF team congratulates Dr. Slezak to his new position as Group Leader in the BMP team (Brain Microcircuits in Psychiatric Diseases) at the BioMed X Innovation Center in Heidelberg,...

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Aya Takeoka joins NERF

01 September 2016

The NERF team warmly welcomes Dr. Aya Takeoka who started as new Group Leader at NERF in September 2016. Originally from Japan, Dr. Takeoka has received a PhD from University of...

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Eve Marder awarded prestigious Kavli Prize

03 June 2016

Eve Marder, NERF SAB member from 2013 till 2015, has been awarded the renowned Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for her groundbreaking research on the nervous system. Eve Marder used the simple...

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Alan Urban joins NERF

15 May 2016

The NERF team welcomes Dr. Alan Urban who started at NERF as new Group Leader in April 2016. Originally from France, Dr. Urban is an experienced molecular biologist and neuroscientist with...

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Neuronus 2016 awards for NERF students

05 May 2016

The Neuronus IBRO & IRUN Neuroscience Forum is an annual conference at the Jagiellonien University in Krakow (Poland) for young researchers from diverse sub-disciplines of neuroscience. Organized by a team...

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Alexandre Pouget to receive Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences

26 April 2016

The Carnegie Mellon University will award the fourth annual Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences to NERF Scientific Advisory Board member Alexandre Pouget. Alexandre...

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Research on largest network of cortical neurons to date published in Nature

28 March 2016

An international team of researchers, led by R. Clay Reid (Allen Institute for Brain Science), Wei Chung Allen Lee (Harvard Medical School) and Vincent Bonin (NERF) has published the largest...

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FWO funds three NERF research projects

01 January 2016

The Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) awarded three project grants to NERF researchers for the research period 2016-2019.  The projects of NERF principal investigators Vincent Bonin, Karl Farrow and Fabian...

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Imec, KU Leuven and NERF combine electronics and photonics in neural probes

18 December 2015

At the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting 2015, world-leading nanoelectronics research center imec, KU Leuven, and Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF) presented a set of silicon neural probes that combine 12 monolithically integrated...

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New insights into link between taste and behavior

07 December 2015

​Evolutionary conserved brainstem circuits are the first relay for gustatory information in the vertebrate brain. While the brainstem circuits act as our life support system and they mediate vital taste...

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Open Positions at NERF: Group Leaders

23 July 2015

NERF is currently recruiting Group Leaders with research interest in areas such as the study of information processing in neuronal circuits, including computational approaches, neuroengineering or the development of novel...

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Alpha-Synuclein Protein Aggregation in Parkinson’s Disease

24 June 2015

Researchers of the Laboratory for Neurobiology and Gene Therapy, KUL, of the Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience, CNRS, and of the Theoretical Neurobiology and Neuroengineering Laboratory, University Antwerp, among those NERF...

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Open Neuro-Technologist position at NERF

20 March 2015

NERF seeks currently an enthusiatic, inquisitive Neuro-Technologist who will organize the development of neuro-technologies directed towards the study of brain function in living animals. The focus is on the development...

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Emre Yaksi chosen as FENS-Kavli Scholar

09 January 2015

FENS (The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) and The Kavli Foundation have announced the first FENS-Kavli Scholars – 20 young European neurosciencists chosen for the excellence of their research, as...

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Canada’s Governor General met NERF

19 November 2014

NERF director Vincent Bonin had the pleasure to give an overview of research currently conducted at NERF when introducing Canada’s Governor General David Johnston to the young...

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Why yeast cells are highly appealing to fruit flies

13 November 2014

A new collaborative study led by scientists from VIB, KU Leuven and NERF shows that the fruity volatiles produced by yeast cells are highly appealing to fruit flies. This attraction...

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A chance to discuss state-of-the-art neuroscience

03 October 2014

In the past month, NERF had the pleasure to host the September symposium featuring 11 international neuroscientists, among them experts in neuro-engineering and neural prosthetics, fly behavior and genetics. Others have...

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NERF welcomes the 2014 SAB

01 October 2014

As the NERF Scientific Advisory Board visits NERF for its 2014 meeting, the NERF Management Committee would like to thank former SAB members Prof. Christof Koch and Prof. Patrick...

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Open positions in NERF operations team

01 October 2014

NERF is currently looking for an Office Coordinator and a full-time Management Assistant to reinforce its small but agile operations team and to assist the NERF director and the NERF...

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Open Research Positions at NERF

05 May 2014

NERF is currently seeking to recruite 1-2 additional Group Leaders who will investigate brain function in a living animal. The focus is on studying information processing in neuronal circuits and...

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NERF contribution to “The New Visual Neurosciences”

01 May 2014

NERF PI Vincent Bonin contributed together with his colleagues Chris Niell, University of Oregon, and Mark Andermann, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, to the “essential reference to contemporary...

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New Associated Research Group at NERF

16 February 2014

NERF welcomes the collaboration with Prof. Michele Giugliano, associate scientist from the Department of Theoretical Neurobiology & Neuroengineering at the University of Antwerp (UA), Belgium. His interests are...

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A switch board to guide behavior

15 February 2014

How does the brain combine information from body external sensory stimulation with information on the internal state of the individual such as hunger, fear or stress? The Yaksi lab investigated...

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NERF/VIB PhD Class and Symposium 2013

23 October 2013

The VIB Center for the Biology of Disease, KU Leuven and NERF faculty complement the scientific training of their PhD students with an annual joint PhD class and symposium. For...

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Karl Farrow receives Swiss OphthAWARD

05 September 2013

At this year’s annual meeting of the Swiss Society of Ophthalmology (SOG-SSO), which took place in Locarno last week, Karl Farrow was awarded the Swiss OphthAWARD in the...

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ERC Starting Grant for Emre Yaksi

26 August 2013

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded NERF Principal Investigator Emre Yaksi a Starting Grant for his work on the senses of smell and taste. The project aims at unraveling...

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NERF welcomes Karl Farrow as fifth Group Leader

27 May 2013

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Karl Farrow will join NERF as fifth Group Leader. Originally from Toronto in Canada, Dr. Farrow is an accomplished retinal neurophysiologist. He worked...

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Yaksi lab publishes review article in “Frontiers in Neural Circuits”

11 April 2013

The review article was written by the members of Yaksi lab, Dr Florence Kermen, Luis Franco, Dr Cameron Wyatt and Dr Emre Yaksi. It discusses how applying recent technological advancements...

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Sebastian Haesler wins Career Development Award

11 April 2013

NERF Group Leader Sebastian Haesler receives a Career Development Award of the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP). The HFSP supports innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms...

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Yaksi lab (NERF) collaboration with VIB Center for the Biology of Disease

31 March 2013

Yaksi lab (NERF) collaboration with VIB Center for the Biology of Disease results in research article published in Journal of Cell Biology. In this article the research team showed that...

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A switch to see in the dark

31 March 2013

Neurobiologists at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (including new NERF principal investigator Karl Farrow) have identified switch cells in the retina that facilitate our ability to see both...

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Emre Yaksi receives FENS EJN Young Investigator Award 2014

31 March 2013

The FENS Young Investigator Award is a biennial prize. It is given in recognition of outstanding scientific work in all areas of neuroscience to a young researcher (under the age...

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Young Investigator Grant for NERF Group Leader

25 March 2013

Newly arrived NERF member Sebastian Haesler received a Brain & Behavior Research Foundation 2012 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the New York, USA-based nonprofit organization. The Brain & Behavior Research...

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New Operations Manager at NERF

15 March 2013

We welcome our new Operations Manager Els Lemmens who will strengthen the central administration team and support NERF in the necessary groundwork required to keep our bustling research environment afloat....

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NERF director participates in ‘Science in public’ debate at KU Leuven

06 February 2013

On Tuesday, 5 February, NERF Director Emre Yaksi participated in a public debate with Dr. Rita Carter. Dr. Carter is a New York based science writer, lecturer and broadcaster who received...

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New insights in the routing of visual signals

07 January 2013

The mammalian visual system is composed of a plethora of visual areas. They convey distinct aspects of the visual scene and subtend distinct behaviours. How this functional specialization emerges, has...

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New NERF management

01 January 2013

As of January 1st 2013, NERF will be managed in a bottom-up fashion. The new NERF Management Committee is composed of the five NERF Group Leaders. One of them will be...

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NERF welcomes Sebastian Haesler as Group Leader

19 November 2012

On November 15th Dr. Sebastian Haesler officially joined NERF as a new Group Leader. Dr. Haesler completed his doctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Constance Scharff, then at the...

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A new method extracts maze layout from neural activity

31 October 2012

Neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including NERF group leader Fabian Kloosterman, have presented a new method to extract information about the spatial layout of an environment from...

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