How are thoughts generated? And how do we remember things? Professor Peter Jonas from the Institute of Physiology I at the University of Freiburg believes a network of nerve cells in our brain is responsible for all this. As the proper function of the network depends on the kind of contacts between the individual neurons, Jonas is investigating processes that occur at these contact sites, i.e. the synapses. He is cooperating closely with other colleagues from Freiburg and from Basel (Switzerland) with whom he has established a joint special research area (SFB 780) on the topic "Synaptic mechanisms of neural network function".