Welcome to the Website of the INM

The Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine investigates the organization and function of the human brain at its various spatial and temporal scales. The high complexity of the brain as well as its manifold changes during the lifespan and in neuropsychiatric diseases require the integration of innovative neuroimaging and high-performance computing. We complement basic neuroscientific research with methods from the fields of modeling and simulation as well as artificial intelligence - this enables us to gain new insights from large and heterogeneous data ("Big Data") and to advance the development of these methods. On this basis, the INM contributes to the understanding of biological and cognitive information processing and its application to neuromorphic technologies. The INM promotes translation into clinical application with the goal of better understanding, diagnosing and treating neurological and mental diseases.

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Focus of our Research

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Decoding the human brain and its variability

To better understand the human brain with its many facets in its complexity and to capture its variability at all levels of organization is the focus of research at the INM. To this end, we are developing a three-dimensional model and atlas based on brain structure, brain function and dysfunction. The activity dynamics of the brain are captured and interpreted in network models at different scales of resolution.

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Bi-directional translation in neurology and psychiatry

The INM translates findings from basic neuroscientific research into clinical application and uses the insights into dysfunction and plasticity gained there for a better understanding of the healthy brain. A particular focus is the development of innovative machine learning approaches that open up new perspectives in the classification, diagnosis and prognosis of neurological and psychiatric diseases in the sense of "medical AI".

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Driving technology in the fields of multimodal neuroimaging and neuromorphic computing

The INM contributes to the development of new technologies in MRI and PET, brings simulations and AI-based analysis to state-of-the-art neuromorphic hardware, and opens up new methods of high-performance computing for brain research.

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Tools, analysis pipelines, and resources for neuroscientific research

We develop new algorithms and workflows for research data management, the analysis of neuroscientific data, and the simulation of brain activity. We make these software solutions, as well as diverse data and other resources, available to the scientific community.

Selected projects and cooperations

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Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship of the European Commission that aims at creating an innovative ICT-based scientific research infrastructure for brain research, cognitive neuroscience and neuro-inspired computing.

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Motor Control

This Collaborative Research Centre investigates the genetic factors as well as cellular, synaptic and neuronal processes underlying motor control in animals and humans. This expands the knowledge of motor control both in the healthy state and in neuropsychiatric diseases and enables more specific therapeutic strategies.


Joint Lab Supercomputing
and Modeling for the
Human Brain

The Helmholtz Joint Lab SMHB at the interface of supercomputing, machine learning and neuroscience addresses key issues in the analysis, simulation and visualization of extremely large and complex data sets.

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Helmholtz AI

As an interdisciplinary platform, the Helmholtz AI will bring together the Helmholtz Association's outstanding scientific portfolio, excellent infrastructures, unique datasets, and high methodological expertise, thus building a basis to put the Helmholtz Association at the forefront of AI research.


Helmholtz European Partnering

Forschungszentrum Jülich is one of three Helmholtz centers whose European research projects are funded under the "Helmholtz European Partnering" program. Together with the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), a platform for neuropharmacology is to be established to create new drugs in neurology.


International Research Training Group

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) “The Neuroscience of Modulating Aggression and Impulsivity in Psychopathology” has been jointly established by scientists of JARA-BRAIN (Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance), the institutionalized co-operation between RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Germany, and scientists from the University of Pennsylvania, US. The major aim of the IRTG is the advancement of current knowledge on the neurobiological and pathological mechanisms of aggression and impulsivity. This is, and will be, achieved using experimental, animal, clinical and increasingly also data-driven approaches.

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Scientists in the section JARA-BRAIN of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance are developing new strategies to diagnose, treat and prevent mental and neurological diseases.


Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration

Within the Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration (HMC) platform, new concepts and technologies for the sustainable handling of complex research data are developed. The Information Hub is located at the Forschungszentrum.