Welcome // Mission Statement

The Medical Neuroscience Cluster bundles the clinically relevant research activities in all areas of neuroscience and psychosocial sciences at the Medical University of Vienna. The research groups forming the cluster cover a broad spectrum of disciplines including anatomy, physiology, immunology, cell biology, pathology and pharmacology of the nervous system, neuroimaging, molecular genetics as well as clinical neurology, pediatric neurology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, psychiatry and psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, child- and adolescent psychiatry.

The overall aim of all members in the MNC is to provide a better understanding of disease mechanisms in the nervous system and the psyche, to improve prevention, diagnosis and therapy and to communicate this knowledge to patients and the public.

Another important goal of the MNC is also to provide a high-level, systematic training for doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical scientists in basic neuroscience as well as in neurological, psychiatric and psychosocial research.



Scientific Symposium  for Jürgen Sandkühler –on the occasion of his  retirement September 6th 2022, 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hörsaal D lecture hall, University of Vienna, Spitalgasse 4, 1090 Vienna >> further information

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Activating a circuit between the amygdala and brainstem relieves pain and reduces defensive behaviors in rats, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience by a study team at MedUni Vienna's Center for Brain Research...


Tibor Harkany, Head of the Division of Molecular Neurosciences at MedUni Vienna's Center for Brain Research, has been awarded a substantial European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept Grant. Tibor Harkany and his team are working on the..


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Viral infections during pregnancy affect the mother's brain and her postpartum care behaviour. These are the findings of a research study in a mouse model conducted at MedUni Vienna. The results were published in the leading journal "Molecular..


Für herausragende medizinische Forschungsleistungen junger WissenschafterInnen wird der Johann Wilhelm Ritter von Mannagetta-Förderpreis für Medizin von der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW) einmal im Jahr vergeben. Heuer erhielten..


In the largest study so far conducted into schizophrenia, which included more than 320,000 participants, scientists from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC), a group of several hundred researchers from 45 countries, identified a large number..


In April 2022 Sarah Melzer begins a §99-(5) assistant professorship under the tenure-track model at the Center for Brain Research of the Medical University of Vienna. Within the context of a Vienna Research Group for Young Investigators (VRG) funded..


Polina KAMENEVA, PhD Department of Neuroimmunology Center for Brain Research RESEARCHER OF THE MONTH - April 2022 Neuroblastoma is the most common solid extra-cranial tumor in children, with an enigmatic origin that precludes the..


The EU Horizon 2020 project examines the spatial challenges faced by children following a stroke in both private and public settings.


Autoimmune diseases are triggered when the immune system malfunctions and attacks the body's own structures. Although there is not, as yet, any cure for such diseases, their progression can be slowed down by therapeutic measures. Researchers at..

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