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European Initial Training Network on Developmental and Computational Biology

Objective

The ability to manipulate cellular pluripotency and differentiation holds the as yet unrealized promise of regenerative medicine to produce replacement cells and tissues. To this end a deep understanding of the regulation of differentiation potential in the context of normal embryonic development is crucial. The recent revolution in sequencing technology has enabled high throughput and genome-wide analysis of cellular behaviour. The challenge with the new opportunities in genome-scale quantitative data gathering is to reach a more fundamental, systems level understanding of complex biological phenomena such as development and differentiation.

The mission of the DevCom network is to train a new generation of promising scientists to bridge the gap between developmental and computational biology, and to prepare this generation for the emerging field of “New Biology” in which systems-level, quantitative and computational approaches are fully integrated in the analysis of profound scientific problems related to pluripotency and differentiation. The DevCom research plan revolves around early embryonic regulatory networks and disease networks in vertebrate embryos of the Xenopus and zebrafish model systems. The training plan involves interdisciplinary training with exposure to both academic and business settings. The trainees will acquire technical expertise in embryonic anatomy and development, genomic profiling, sequence conservation and evolutionary relationships of regulatory elements, genetic and chemical screens, mass spectrometry, informatics, statistics and computational modelling, and will be trained in a range of soft and complementary skills.

Therefore the DevCom Training and Research Programmes are designed to foster readiness for leading roles in academia and industry and will have a lasting impact on the training programmes of participating institutions.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/mass spectrometry
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/embryology

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 135 733,94
Administrative Contact
Susanna Bicknell (Ms.)

Participants (7)

THE FRANCIS CRICK INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 861 769,92
Address
1 Midland Road
NW1 1AT London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jo Woods (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD PABLO DE OLAVIDE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 456 663,24
Address
Carretera De Utrera Km 1
41013 Sevilla
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rosario Jimenez (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 515 197,32
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Brice Kerber (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 573 413,28
Address
Earlham Road
NR4 7TJ Norwich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alan Walker (Dr.)
QIAGEN AARHUS AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 250 198,75
Address
Silkeborgvej 2
8000 Aarhus
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Knudsen (Ms)
WATCHFROG
France
EU contribution
€ 222 993,55
Address
4 Rue Pierre Fontaine
91000 Evry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Noelle Couget (Mrs.)
MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
North Star Avenue Polaris House 2 Floor David Phillips Building
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michele Marron