ENC Network - European Neuroscience campus network

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  • Duration: 3 years (5 consecutive editions)


Description

Brain disorders are among the most prevalent and debilitating diseases. Because most major brain disorders are chronic, an individual’s quality of life and socio-economic prospects are dramatically impaired. Increased life expectancy further raises the impact of brain dysfunction on society. In the coming decades this burden is expected to grow into one of the most pressing and costly problems of the EU. Prevalent neurological and psychiatric diseases are typically caused by the interplay of environmental factors and genetic variations in multiple genes. Genetic variation is currently being identified by large international efforts to genotype patient populations. Scientific research should now aim at generating integrative neuroscience work-packages as a next step to identify interactions between genetic variations and environmental factors and to reveal how these translate into brain diseases.

To succeed, a new generation of neuroscientists is needed, capable of integrating information across different levels of research, from genes and proteins to synapses, and from networks up to complex brain (dys)function. In order to boost future multidisciplinary brain research in Europe, the programme offers a stimulating, multidisciplinary training environment for young neuroscientists to prepare them for future challenges in neuroscience research. Training in complex trait analysis and integrative neuroscience ensures first-class career opportunities and prospects to become future leaders in neuroscience. The ENC Network joint doctorate programme aims at integration and translation from bedside-to-bench and from bench-to-bedside as the key guides in training and in research approach.

The strategic objectives of the ENC joint PhD programme are to provide research-training by (a) focusing on a basic understanding of brain disease mechanisms, (b) developing the knowledge base, tools and resources needed to decipher the function of genes and gene products, neuronal networks and inter- and intracellular processes relevant to human health and (c) bilateral translational links between lab and clinic (and back). The five ENC Network home-institutes all have a long and established track record in PhD training in the field of molecular, cellular and integrative neurosciences. The key training objectives are to offer: 1) scientific training with innovative and multidisciplinary brain research methodology (task Academic Partners); 2) advanced technology courses (task Academic Partners); 3) training through original research aimed at the translation from bedside-to-bench and from bench-to-bedside (task PhD supervisors); 4) academic skills training (task of associate partners); 5) training in Technology Transfer methods (task of associate partners, including two SMEs)

Partners

  • NEUROSCIENCE CAMPUS AMSTERDAM, VU UNIVERSITY AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (Co-ordinating institution)
  • CENTRE FOR NEUROSCIENCE AND CELL BIOLOGY, Coimbra Portugal
  • NEUROSCIENCE CENTER ZURICH, Switzerland
  • EUROPEAN NEUROSCIENCE INSTITUTE GÖTTINGEN, Germany
  • BORDEAUX INSTITUTE OF NEUROSCIENCE, France

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