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Systems neuroscience of Drosophila: from genes to circuits to behaviour

Objective

Understanding how the brain works represents one of the greatest challenges in modern science. This question embraces mechanisms spanning multiple levels of description, from genes to biochemical pathways, from neurons to circuits, from circuit activities to adaptive behaviours. The goal of the FLiACT programme is to train young researchers in the concepts and techniques necessary to study integrated brain functions. FLiACT will create a unique pan-European training network interconnecting 8 academic partners and 3 SMEs specialised in complementary fields of research from molecular and behavioural neurogenetics to electrophysiology, bioengineering and applied biomedicine.

To facilitate knowledge transfer across the network, FLiACT will focus on one model organism, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. During the last decades, Drosophila has become a premier system to clarify the molecular and cellular logic of perception and cognition. It has also emerged as a powerful model to study the genetic bases of neurodegenerative diseases affecting humans. The fly community can now capitalize on an unprecedented toolkit to probe the function of neural circuits in vivo and to interfere with their functions in a highly controlled manner. We aim to provide a group of neuroscientists with enough momentum to combine all these tools in a unifying framework.

In collaborative and personalised research projects, FLiACT fellows will seek to elucidate how neural circuit computation controls behaviour and how circuit-function relationships are genetically encoded. FLiACT will organise a series of interdisciplinary workshops on neurogenetics, neuroanatomy, neuroimaging and behavioural analysis and transferable skills. We will maximize the impact of our initiative by opening all workshops and conferences to the neuroscience community. FLiACT intends to have a timely structuring effect in a strategic area for European research and technology: systems neuroscience.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

FUNDACIO CENTRE DE REGULACIO GENOMICA
Address
Carrer Doctor Aiguader 88
08003 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 543 999
Administrative Contact
Stefan Pönisch (Mr.)

Participants (10)

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 460 345,99
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Reiner Witte (Mr.)
FUNDACAO D. ANNA SOMMER CHAMPALIMAUD E DR. CARLOS MONTEZ CHAMPALIMAUD
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 212 250,01
Address
Avenida Brasilia, Centro De Investigacao Da Fundacao Champalimaud
1400-038 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Philipp Tsolakis (Mr.)
JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 229 173
Address
Saarstrasse 21
55122 Mainz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roland Strauss (Prof.)
VIB VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 231 727
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rik Audenaert (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 247 530
Address
Avenue De L Europe 20
1700 Fribourg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique Bersier (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 256 951,01
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Béatrice Saint-Cricq (Ms.)
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR MOLEKULARE PATHOLOGIE GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 242 742
Address
Campus-vienna-biocenter 1
1030 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tanja Winkler (Mrs.)
PEIRA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 231 727
Address
Boekenberglei 126
2100 Deurne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Nicasy (Mr.)
DIGITAL CELL IMAGING LABS BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 231 727
Address
Mwami Mutaradreef 18
3140 Keerbergen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Barbara Weyn (Dr.)
Brainwave-Discovery Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 264 135,01
Address
Main Street Ardshiel
FK8 3RJ Gartmore
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wayne Davies (Prof.)