Charité NeuroScience (CNS) Newsletter

As the magazine of the Medical Neurosciences Program, the CNS Newsletter is created by and published every three months for the Neuroscience community in Berlin by current and former MedNeuro students.

We welcome authors from all neuroscience-related backgrounds to join our newsletter team.

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Each issue includes a series of articles focused on a theme – a topic related to neuroscience or academia in general – and a number of timely, non-theme articles.

Our non-theme section provides ongoing coverage of issues in neuroscience, conference reports, paper reviews, interviews with researchers of the Berlin neuroscience community, and features of the international cuisine in Berlin, asf.

For past examples, please see our latest issues below. 

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Issues – Volume 11, 2018

CNS Volume 11, Issue 1, Beauty and the Brain
CNS Volume 11, Issue 2, Brain Invasion

Issues – Volume 10, 2017

CNS Volume 10, Issue 4, Sleep

CNS Volume 10, Issue 3, Spirituality in Science

CNS Volume 10, Issue 2, Digital Health and Big Data

CNS Volume 10, Issue 1, Diversity in Neuroscience

Issues – Volume 9, 2016

CNS Volume 9, Issue 4, From Cradle to Grave in the Brain

CNS Volume 9, Issue 3, Happy Anniversary, MedNeuro!

CNS Volume 9, Issue 2, The Sporty Brain

CNS Volume 9, Issue 1, The Aging Brain

Issues – Volume 8, 2015

CNS Volume 8, Issue 4, Money on My Mind.

CNS Volume 8, Issue 3, Food for Thought.

CNS Volume 8, Issue 2, Art. And the Brain.

CNS Volume 8, Issue 1, Humor

Issues – Volume 7, 2014

CNS Volume 7, Issue 4, Communication and Social Media

CNS Volume 7, Issue 3, Nature vs Nurture

CNS Volume 7, Issue 2, Neuroscience of Love

CNS Volume 7, Issue 1, Mind and Brain

Issues – Volume 6, 2013

CNS Volume 6, Issue 4, Integrative Medicine

CNS Volume 6, Issue 3, Heat or Cold: What's Good for the Brain?

CNS Volume 6, Issue 2, The Social Brain

CNS Volume 6, Issue 1, Gender Differences

Issues – Volume 5, 2012

CNS Volume 5, Issue 4, Fat Gut or Fat Brain

CNS Volume 5, Issue 3, Engineering the Brain

CNS Volume 5, Issue 2, Open Access

CNS Volume 5, Issue 1, Mental Health Disorders

Issues – Volume 4, 2011

CNS Volume 4, Issue 4, Funding in Science

CNS Volume 4, Issue 3, Brain Stimulation

CNS Volume 4, Issue 2, Good & Bad Scientific Practice

CNS Volume 4, Issue 1, Neuroenhancement

Issues – Volume 3, 2010

CNS Volume 3, Issue 3, Women in Science

CNS Volume 3, Issue 2, Technology Transfer

CNS Volume 3, Issue 1, Relaunch


Ahmed Khalil

Ahmed is a PhD student at the Center for Stroke Research Berlin. His research interests include neuroimaging, neurophysiology, and clinical trials.

Since the March 2013 edition (Vol. 06, Issue 1), he has contributed regularly to the CNS newsletter.

He particularly enjoys writing about novel or controversial topics that are, or have the potential to be, directly applicable to the management of patients suffering from neurological or psychiatric illnesses. 

Selected Articles:

  • Hidden In Plain Sight – Gender Differences in Diabetes Mellitus (Vol. 06, Issue 1)
  • Just Can't Get Enough: On Love and Drugs (Vol. 07, Issue 2)
  • Sprinters, Swimmers, and Bellybuttons (Vol. 07, Issue 3)
  • How Much of Ourselves Are We Born With? (Vol. 07, Issue 3)

Apoorva Rajiv Madipakkam

Apoorva is a PhD student of the Visual Perception Laboratory, Berlin. She is fascinated by human behavior and enjoys learning, researching and writing about it.

Her articles try to cover the unusual and interesting aspects of human behavior and she finds the newsletter and its quarterly themes as a nice outlet for her curiousity.

She also likes the opportunity the newsletter gives her in contacting other academicians in writing about their research when it fits the newsletter's theme. 

Selected Articles:

  • The Nose Knows (Vol. 06, Issue 1)
  • Yes..No..Maybe..:An Insight Into Decision Fatigue (Vol. 06, Issue 2)
  • In Search of Cupid: Erotomania (Vol. 07, Issue 2)
  • Hearing the Unspoken (Vol. 07, Issue 4)


Constance Holman

Constance is a Canadian master's student studying at the Charité. Though her "day job" in the lab is usually electrophysiology, she really loves writing about the wider context in which neuroscience is interpreted by society.

In particular, she likes to focus on how historical dialogues about the brain developed through the interplay between scientific and cultural forces.

For her, understanding how and why neuroscience is mangled by contemporary media is a lot of fun too. Enjoy!

Selected Articles:

  • Benjamin Libet and the Call to Human Will (Vol. 07, Issue 1)
  • Of Mothers, Methylation and Modernity (Vol. 07, Issue 2)
  • Stockholm Syndrome: A Not-Quite Love Story (Vol. 07, Issue 2)
  • White Bears, Written Words: Can Reading Change Our Brains? (Vol. 07, Issue 3)
  • Understanding the Pathogenesis of Parkinson's Disease (Vol. 07, Issue 3)

James Kerr

With a background in Biology and English, and a present straddling the border between Linguistics and Neuroscience, James writes to makes sense of this complex world he's found himself in.

He likes it when writing offers a bridge between disciplines, but even more when it offers the public a clear window into the murky world of science.

Weird and quirky tales are his favourite, but he finds virtually all science bizarre enough when you look at it the right way...

Selected Articles:

  • Hash yer asti k'athijilari? (Vol. 07, Issue 4)
  • Laughing From the Frontal Lobe (Vol. 08, Issue 1)


Betty Jurek

Betty is a MedNeuro PhD student at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and she has been writing articles since Vol. 06, Issue 4. She sees it as a very creative way to broaden one's horizon.

She is not focusing on any specific topic, she is rather interested in finding a good balance between scientific writing and telling an enjoyable story.

She also designs the covers, which for her is sometimes even more fun.

Selected Articles:

  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Am I Conscious after All? (Vol. 07, Issue 1)
  • The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth (Vol. 07, Issue 2)
  • Messing up With Mendel (Vol. 07, Issue 3)

Carla Wood

Carla is a second year master's student in the Medical Neurosciences program. She has a background in Molecular Biology and has completed research on skin cancer, stroke and brain cancer.

Her scientific writing interests include neurobiology as well as cancer biology and she also enjoys writing about current events.

Carla's passion for writing is rooted in her goal to increase accessibility to scientific information and to support research collaboration.

Selected Articles:

  • Is it Hot in Here or is it just Spring Fever? (Vol 7, Issue 2)
  • Lamarck's Last Laugh: The Nurture Within Our Genome (Vol 7, Issue 3)
  • Brain in Press (Vol 7, Issue 2; Vol 7, Issue 3)

Ann-Christin Ostwaldt

Ann-Christin was a PhD student in the group of Jochen Fiebach, doing analyses of structural MRI data of stroke patients.

She is very interested in every imaging-related topic that has some clinical relevance.

But she also likes to write about psychological or social science topics.

Selected Articles:

  • Social Psychology. A Psychological Perspective on our Social Brains (Vol. 06 , Issue 2)
  • Intelligent Groups?! Social Cognition, Cooperation, and Collective Intelligence (Vol. 06, Issue 2)
  • Decision-making and addiction (Vol. 06, Issue 2)
  • Consciousness from a clinical perspective (Vol. 07, Issue 1)