Despite major advances in molecular, cellular and systems neurobiology, the greatest challenge of modern neuroscience has yet to be met: The development of causative therapies for psychiatric, neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. This goal of EU health policies is of prime socio- economic importance and can only be achieved on the basis of major research efforts into basic and applied neurobiology/neurophysiology. On the other hand Europe presently faces a lack of neuroscientists who have undergone advanced and multidisciplinary training that covers broad areas of neuroscience. It is therefore mandatory that high-quality training programs be implemented in Europe to educate future neuroscientists at the highest level. The Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Getting, together with its partners, the University of Getting, the European Neuroscience Institute, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, the German Primate Centre, and several research-oriented local companies, are in a unique position to provide such training in Getting. The neuroscience faculty of these institutions has therefore agreed on implementing an international training program for protectoral neuroscientists that is founded on cutting-edge research. 40 faculty members, many of them internationally renowned scientists, will join forces in its implementation. The program will provide structured training in a wide area of advanced methods of neurosciences and offer choices that are available only at very few places around the world. Furthermore, the program will provide education in complementary skills such as scientific presentation and writing, teaching, and project management, encouraging young researchers to embark on long-term research careers.
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