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Collaborative Research Center 779 -
neurobiology of motivated behavior

Sonderforschungsbereich 779:  Neurobiologie motivierten Verhaltens

The German Research Foundation (DFG) agreed to the establish and fund the Collaborative Research Center 779 - neurobiology of motivated behavior (SFB 779) at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OvGU) end of November 2008. In September 2011, SFB 779 was successful in maintaining its claim by reapplying for funding by the DFG, which was granted for further 4 years. The DFG funding for the location Magdeburg totals to about 2 million Euros since 2008.

The SFB is a joint venture of the faculties of neuroscience and medicine as well as the Leibnitz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN). The interdisciplinary fundamental research that is conducted between neurobiologists, psychologists and physicians is aimed to discover important mechanisms that control and explain human behavior, e.g. the correlation between controlled behavior and its basis in brain structures and -operations as well as the neurochemistry involved. Why do we do things and follow certain goals, what are the fundamentals of decision making and which brain areas are involved in which tasks? To examine and describe these mechanisms, reaching from the molecular level to human behavior as the end result, is of vital importance not only to understand ourselves but also to help overcome diseases such as compulsive behavior disorders, depression or addiction.

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The SFB 779 was successfully concluded in the end of 2019.

Magdeburg as an international neuroscientific stronghold has achieved further acknowledgement by introducing SFB 779, which is considered one of the early successes of the cross-faculty institution Center for Behavioral Brain Science (CBBS). CBBS supports SFB 779 specifically to further the interdisciplinary collaboration and to aid in improving the chances for a renewal of external funding. To this date, total contributions of CBBS to SFB 779 amount to 1.9 million Euros. 


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