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Innovative Techniques and Models to Study Glia-Neuron Interactions

Objective

It became evident over the last 20 years that glial cells are involved in virtually every aspect of nervous system function. Neurons and glia exchange chemical signals that are essential for the normal function of the nervous system, and are crucial in disease. Recently it was discovered that glial cells also act as neural stem cells both in early development and adulthood, and in synapse formation. This rapid progress in glia research generated not only many new insights but also numerous new questions, and it became obvious that to deal with the complexity of glia-neuron interactions and to formulate new concepts in the field, we need novel experimental paradigms and methodologies. The EdU-GLIA network is aimed at equipping young researchers with the most advanced skills knowledge in glial cell research, in order to generate a new generation of scientists dedicated to resolving open questions of glia-neuron interactions. We will offer young investigators high quality interdisciplinary projects that will be individually tailored and each will be supervised by two mentors. Our team of supervisors consists of leading experts in the field, including an industrial partner. EdU-GLIA is based upon current original and promising research models ranging from basic science to clinical application, and on the most advanced and sophisticated research techniques. To complement the research projects, we will offer the young scientists a rich selection of courses, workshops, guest lectures, and symposia. This program will not only provide insights into research techniques and paradigms complementary to the individual projects, but will also strengthen professional skills such as writing papers, presenting data, and ethical conduct, enhancing the career prospects of the fellows. In summary, the main objective of EdU-GLIA is to train promising young researchers for careers in basic as well as in translational research, including clinical application and industry.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/cells technologies/stem cells

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 403 909,10
Administrative Contact
Thomas Wheeler-Schilling (Dr.)

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 207 452,50
Address
Winston Churchill Avenue University House
PO1 2UP Portsmouth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elizabeth Bartle (Dr.)
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 391 408,80
Address
Ingolstadter Landstrasse 1
85764 Neuherberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Juergen Ertel (Dr.)
HADASSAH MEDICAL ORGANIZATION
Israel
EU contribution
€ 395 031,10
Address
N/a
91120 Jerusalem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aharon Arik Tzukert (Mr.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Svea Viola Dettmer (Ms.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
France
EU contribution
€ 200 752,40
Address
Rue De Tolbiac 101
75654 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pier-Vincenzo Piazza (Dr.)
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 393 090,71
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ludde Edgren (Dr.)
USTAV EXPERIMENTALNI MEDICINY AKADEMIE VED CESKE REPUBLIKY VEREJNA VYZKUMNA INSTITUCE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 183 043,50
Address
Videnska 1083
14220 Praha 4
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
James Dutt (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 291 175,69
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 196 704,40
Address
Ritterstrasse 26
04109 Leipzig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Fuchs (Mr.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 167 808,50
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Janka Jugovic (Ms.)
TATAA BIOCENTER AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 207 033,41
Address
Odinsgatan 28
411 03 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Sjöback (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES
Germany
EU contribution
€ 248 143,70
Address
Campus
66123 Saarbrucken
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cornelia Köck (Ms.)