Football legend Karl-Heinz Körbel with head in MRT
Record-breaking Bundesliga player and director of Eintracht Frankfurt soccer school Karl-Heinz </ i>.bdquo;Charly“ Körbel today went to the Bad Soden hospital to have his brain scanned for the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung. The scan serves as the basis for the walk-in brain - the highlightexponat in the area “Mensch“ of the new Senckenberg Museum of Nature, which the non-profit Hertie Foundation is funding with 1 million euros. Last summer, Körbel had won the online voting “Whose brain is coming into the new museum“ clearly against Albert Einstein, monkey researcher Jane Goodall and an unknown Senckenberg fan.
50 times larger than in reality and explorable on foot - the walk-in brain in the new Senckenberg Nature Museum is intended to fascinate and inform about “man as a system“. But the future visitors will not stroll through some anonymous organ of thought: In an online voting last summer over 2300 participants decided that Karl-Heinz „Charly“ Körbel should stand for the exhibit model. “I consider the choice to be a great honour - it will be something very special to be able to walk through one's own brain!“, says Karl-Heinz Körbel, Eintracht legend and director of Eintracht Frankfurt Football School, delightedly.
To have his brain scanned, the Bundesliga record player placed himself today in Bad Soden in a magnetic resonance tomograph (MRT) of the Main-Taunus-Kreis clinics. “From the scans, a small model is then made in the 3D printer, which in turn will serve as a template for the XXL model“, explains Dr. Martin Čepek, Head of Staff Central Museum Development, Senckenberg Society for Nature Research and continues: “The Walkable Brain will be our highlight exhibit in the New Museum's Human Area.“
With 602 games, Körbel holds the record as the player with the most Bundesliga missions. His greatest successes are the UEFA Cup victory with Eintracht Frankfurt in 1980 and four DFB Cup victories. He had to play with his brains: Brain researchers found out that playing football demands more from the brain than chess, for example. “Footballers must not only control their own movements at relatively high speeds and in fractions of a second, but also take into account the positions of their team mates and opponents and calculate the direction and speed of the ball in three-dimensional space - a feat of the brain that no computer, however large, can achieve“, adds Prof. Dr. Michael Madeja, neuroscientist and managing director of the non-profit Hertie Foundation.
„It is nice that Charly Körbel and Senckenberg entrusted us with the medical part of the project“, says Dr. Tobias Kaltenbach, Managing Director of the Main-Taunus district clinics. The clinics are medical partners of many athletes.
As part of the "Project Senckenberg 2020 - Neues Museum", the area of the Frankfurt Natural History Museum will be almost doubled by 2020. The four new exhibition areas Man, Earth, Cosmos and Future will also be created. In the area “Mensch“, the non-profit Hertie Foundation is supporting an exhibition section on the subject “Mensch als System“ with 1 million euros, which will be conceived and implemented together with Senckenberg. A sum of 56 million euros is required for the major renovation and new building campaign, which will be collected via the fundraising campaign under the slogan "Die Welt baut ihr Museum". More under: www.die-welt-baut-ihr-museum.de
Photo: Hertie Foundation / U. Dettmar