Berg Lab – University of Copenhagen

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Berg Lab

My focus has been to combine quantitative approaches of mathematics and physics with experiments using electrophysiology, genetics and other biological tools to better understand the nervous system especially the motor system. I intend to consolidate this unique multi-disciplinary lab in order to contribute in understanding motor control in the brain and spinal motor circuits. I hope that our emphasis on strong quantitative approaches outside mainstream neuroscience will significantly move the research field forward. In particular, we believe investigating populations of neurons, as opposed to the single-neuron tradition, is crucial. In turn, this will likely spur therapeutic strategies for individuals with neurological conditions, especially spinal cord injuries.

  • Neuronal Population activity in the spinal cord and brain using large array electrophysiology.
  • Development of novel probe technology
  • Classification of network architecture in the spinal cord motor circuits.
  • Histological clearing techniques for large sample imaging
  • Chronic implantation of electrodes and optical fibers in the central nervous system.

Key publications last 10 years  

  • Berg, RW, MT Stauning, JB Sorensen, H Jahnsen (2017). Penetration of action potentials during collision in the median and lateral giant axons of invertebrates'" Physical Review X,april 2017 
  • Petersen, PC and RW Berg (2016) Lognormal firing rate distribution reveals prominent fluctuation-driven regime in spinal motor networks eLife; 10.7554/eLife.
  • R. W. Berg, A. Alaburda and J. Hounsgaard (2007) Balanced inhibition and excitation drives spike activity in spinal half-center" Science, vol. 315(5810) 390-393.

Overall publication metrics: Number of papers: 22 papers,  H index: 13, iH:13

Technological achievements:
 Designed the Berg64-probe now sold at Neuronexus http://neuronexus.com/custom-design/dr-rune-berg