Neuroscience has become a major research focus in Bonn, with a large and vibrant community of more than 300 Neuroscientists. The rapid development of neurosciences in Bonn has led to the formation of the Bonn Center of Neuroscience (BCN) in 2016 as the central network for neuroscience at the University of Bonn. The mission of the BCN is to support cutting edge discovery neuroscience, with a particular focus on research into the basic mechanisms, diagnosis and therapy of brain disorders. The BCN combines resources and expertise to promote exchange and networking, to support technology development, and to promote teaching of neurosciences at the University of Bonn.
The Center for Economics and Neuroscience (CENs) was funded as an interdisciplinary research unit for the analysis of human decision making at the interface of psychology, economics and neuroscience. Different methods from neuroscience, including eye-tracking, functional MRI and genetics, are used to improve our understanding of decision processes, underlying computations and heterogeneity in human decisions.
Founded in 2002 with the support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia LIFE & BRAIN is the pre-clinical translational center of Bonn University Medicine. Within LIFE & BRAIN over 250 scientists and researchers work together under one roof in different R&D platforms to recognize innovative research results early and develop them further into marketable products and services.

The BCN scientists are closely intermeshed with researchers in the major research institutions of the Max-Planck foundation (caesar), and the Helmholtz Association (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases), as well as institutions at the University of Bonn (LIMES).

The center of advanded european studies and research (caesar) is a neuroscience research institute associated with the Max Planck Society. Caesar’s research is interdisciplinary with scientists from various research areas working together on the topics of cellular signal processing and the neural foundations of behavior. The association with the Max Planck Society implies a very close scientific connection between caesar and the Max Planck Society.
 deutsches_zentrum_fur_neurodegenerative_erkrankungen_logo-svg The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen – DZNE) was founded on 3rd April 2009 to meet the challenge posed by the increasing burden of neurodegenerative disorders in the ageing society. The DZNE pursues an integrated research approach which combines basic and clinical research as well as patient care research. The central site of the DZNE is located in Bonn, with additional sites in Tübingen, München, Rostock/Greifswald, Göttingen, Magdeburg, Witten, and Berlin. The DZNE has become closely linked with the University of Bonn, with a large number of DZNE group leaders receiving cross-appointments at the Medical Faculty or Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics. The mission of the DZNE is to understand the causes of and risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases, and to develop new cures and preventive strategies.
 limes_institut_bonn_logo The Life & Medical Sciences Institute (LIMES) is a center for both basic research and higher education in Life Sciences and Biomedicine at the University of Bonn. The LIMES concept was developed in the year 2000 by M. Hoch (Biology) and M. Famulok (Chemistry). Central to the conception of LIMES is the development of competitive research strategies at the interface of biology, chemistry, and medicine. A particular area of expertise within LIMES is chemical biology, a topical area which we see as particularly important for developing future strategies for manipulation of neuronal networks. Within LIMES, a number of joint teaching programs with the Medical Faculty have been set up, including the undergraduate study program Molecular Biomedicine, and the joint Summer School program Life Sciences & Culture Bonn with Harvard University. A novel International Graduate School Life & Medical Sciences offers a combined M.Sc./Ph.D. program.