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Synapses: from molecules to higher brain function and diseases

Objective

SyMBaD aims to move forward our knowledge on synapse structure and function in the normal and pathological brain. Brain diseases represent a considerable social and economic burden in Europe. Emerging evidence indicates that synaptic dysfunction is associated with a majority of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Novel therapeutical approaches relie on a better knowledge of the synapse and its pathologies. The network comprises 23 teams from 6 academic centres (Bordeaux, Alicante, Milan, Geneva, Göttingen, Bristol) representing an important fraction of the leading European researchers in the field. Synergies and complementarities between the research teams exist and should develop with the activities of the SyMBaD network. The participants are already well integrated in European scientific collaborative networks, and have an outstanding track-record of training young researchers. Industrial partners (6) will take part as full partners in training by an obligatory placement from 6 to 12 months of 16 ESR among the 26 recruited. The other ESR will be fully integrated into collaborative projects between academic teams. The private sector comprises companies involved in the development of new therapeutical strategies to combat brain diseases (GSK, Neurosearch, Xygen, and Noscira) and companies involved in technical development to be used in synaptic research and beyond (Bioxtal, Amplitude Systems, Explora Nova). The SYMBAD network aims to: • Teach a number of increasingly sophisticated techniques required in neuroscience and to advance towards novel therapies. • Focus on technological innovation and on interweaving of multilevel approaches. • Facilitate future constructive dialogue between academia and industry in the field by involving SMEs in the training of PhD students through collaborative research projects. SyMBaD will make European Neuroscience more attractive to young scientists, it will catalyze multi-level collaborations and foster intersectorial exchanges to advance in the study of some of the foremost Health issues of the European Community.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX
Address
Place Pey Berland 35
33000 Bordeaux
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Adeline Barre

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITE VICTOR SEGALEN BORDEAUX II

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 1 698 583
Address
Rue Leo Saignat 146
33076 Bordeaux Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christophe Mulle (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD MIGUEL HERNANDEZ DE ELCHE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 460 673
Address
Avenida De La Universidad S-n
03202 Elche
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juan Lerma (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 706 012
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johanna Rule (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 767 364
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christian Lüscher (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN GOETTINGEN - GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN - STIFTUNG OEFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 393 728
Address
Robert-koch-strasse 40
37075 Goettingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christiane Hennecke (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 522 317
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monica Diluca (Prof.)
NEUROSEARCH AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 117 405
Address
Pederstrupvej 93
2750 Ballerup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lars Christian Ronn (Mr.)
GLAXOSMITHKLINE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LTD.
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 101 688
Address
Great West Road 980
TW89GS Brentford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jill Richardson (Prof.)
NOSCIRA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 92 794
Address
Calle Jose Abascal 2
28003 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Medina (Dr.)
AMPLITUDE
France
EU contribution
€ 32 931
Address
Avenue De Canteranne 11 Bat Meropa 6 Alee Des Lumieres Cite De La Photonique
33600 Pessac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Mottay (Mr.)
EXPLORA NOVA SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 65 762
Address
Rue Alfred Kastler 15
17011 La Rochelle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christophe Ranger (Mr.)
BIO-XTAL SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 98 493
Address
Rue Thomas Edison 2
67450 Mundolsheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Etienne L'hermite (Mr.)