NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University Medical Center at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany (JGU) announced today separate deals to build out its capabilities in neuroscience research.

In one announcement, it said that the German Research Foundation (DFG) will create a collaborative research center at JGU to conduct studies into the molecular and cellular interactions "that enable a brain to maintain a balanced functional state in the form of network homeostasis."

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