Aalto University’s Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering (NBE) combines systemic and cognitive neuroscience with biophysics and medical technology. Research topics range from molecular and cellular studies to brain imaging and behavioral research. The NBE develops new technologies for neuroscience research and diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Research aims at innovation and technological breakthroughs that promote health and well-being.
In total, five researchers at the institute have received funding from the European Research Council (ERC), including 10M € via the Synergy Grant for the ConnectToBrain project.
The NBE facilities includes equipment for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), ultrasonography, ocular motion measurements, and thermal imaging. Cellular and molecular level research uses advanced electrophysiological methods and can perform DNA origami.
Existing and former researchers of NBE have successfully commercialized high-tech technologies. For example, Neuromag, a high-tech export company, was founded as a result of research work in 1989 (now MEGIN), while the development of TMS technology led to the establishment of Nexstim in 2000.
Both companies continue to work with the Department and the BioMag laboratory at Helsinki University Hospital.