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Training the Next Generation of European Visual Neuroscientists for the benefit of innovation in health care and high-tech industry

Objective

The human visual brain can learn and adapt to change, which solves many of the problems posed by an ever-changing visual environment. However, to maintain a consistent overall representation of the visual world, the brain also has to retain previously acquired neuronal mechanisms. The key is to strike a balance between plasticity and stability.
Increasing our knowledge about the stability and plasticity of the visual brain has tremendous potential for innovation in health care and high-tech industry: 1) rehabilitation, treatments and detection of disease can be developed and refined based on knowing how the brain changes as a result of visual loss or neural dysfunction; 2) it can inspire the development and implementation of artificial intelligence, such as adaptive automated vision systems. However, our present knowledge of the adaptive capacity of the human brain is incomplete and largely qualitative in nature. This limits translation into significant applications.
To overcome this, NextGenVis –Research Network for training the Next Generation of European Visual Neuroscientists – will aim its research and training efforts on teaching young researchers in how to a) acquire new, quantitative knowledge on the adaptive properties of the visual brain in health and disease – with a strong focus on the neurocomputational basis – and b) apply this new knowledge to boost innovation in health care and technology.
Our pan-European team of academic, health care and private sector partners is ideally suited to accomplish this as it bundles and focuses unique European expertise and resources in brain imaging, psychology, neurology, ophthalmology and computer science. Importantly, the positive impact of this network will extend beyond the current focus on vision and will last long after the funding period. It will continue to link together a team of highly skilled researchers who will inspire each other to excel in visual neuroscience and its applications.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/neurology
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/ophthalmology

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

ACADEMISCH ZIEKENHUIS GRONINGEN
Address
Hanzeplein 1
9713 GZ Groningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56

Participants (9)

OTTO-VON-GUERICKE-UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
39106 Magdeburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
H. LUNDBECK AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 081,88
Address
Ottiliavej 7-9
2500 Valby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Fondazione Stella Maris
Italy
EU contribution
€ 516 122,64
Address
Viale Del Tirreno 331
56118 Pisa
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HADASSAH MEDICAL ORGANIZATION
Israel
EU contribution
€ 260 300,52
Address
N/a
91120 Jerusalem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PATTERN RECOGNITION COMPANY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Maria Goeppert Strasse 3
23562 Lubeck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BRAIN INNOVATION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Oxfordlaan 55
6229 EV Maastricht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WHITEMATTER LABS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Prinzessinnenstrasse 8/14
10969 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (5)

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING KONINKLIJKE VISIO, EXPERTISECENTRUM VOOR SLECHTZIENDE EN BLINDE MENSEN
Netherlands
Address
Amersfoortsestraatweg 180
1272RR Huizen
Activity type
Other
PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
Address
High Tech Campus 52
5656 AG Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Nano Retina
Israel
Address
Medinat Heyehudim 85
46140 Herzliya
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROGRANT GMBH
Germany
Address
Strehlener Strasse 14
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)