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Neuroelectronics and nanotechnology: towards a Multidisciplinary Approach for the Science and Engineering of Neuronal Networks

Objective

"We identify Neuroelectronics as a novel mature discipline, at the boundaries between neurobiology, electrophysiology, computational neurosciences, microelectronics, materials sciences, and nanotechnologies. In the proposed Marie-Curie consortium, each of these components, as well as the specific application contexts (i.e. basic research, neuroprosthetics, and pharmaceutical applications), are represented and combined in a concerted effort, towards the training of a new generation of researchers and professionals. We target both technological priorities, such as the development of novel multi-electrode arrays and advanced interfaces that functionally interact with neurons and networks; and scientific priorities, considering and studying neuro-electronic hybrids as devices able to undergo a functional and anatomical reconfiguration, on the basis of the activity-dependent plasticity and rewiring properties of neurons, under some control of the experimenter. Our ultimate aim is to lay the foundation of a virtual institute for the multi-disciplinary study of neuroengineering and network-neurosciences that will train a new generation of scientists and professionals and that will contribute to Europe’s leading role in scientific innovation. We strongly believe in the unique training potential of our consortium: neuroelectronics to analyze and synthesize neuronal networks, using artificial devices able to co-operate with neurons, thereby crossing the barriers between artificial devices and neurons. Knocking down the barriers between natural and artificial is, in the words of Edoardo Boncinelli (founding figure in developmental biology and 2005 EMBO Awardee for Communication in the Life Sciences), ""a fantastic crossing between biological evolution and cultural evolution, a shortcut between culture and nature""."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology/neuroscience/computational neuroscience
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/developmental biology
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/microelectronics
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology/neuroscience

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 447 457
Administrative Contact
Anne Adams (Ms.)

Participants (12)

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 261 224
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eleni Vasilaki (Dr.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 186 098
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Panayiota Poirazi (Dr.)
THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Israel
EU contribution
€ 219 855
Address
Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Micha Spira (Prof.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 238 462
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arnaud Magrez (Dr.)
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 240 518
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Claudia Schiaffino (Ms.)
INSTYTUT BIOLOGII DOSWIADCZALNEJ IM. M. NENCKIEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 214 525
Address
Ul. Ludwika Pasteura 3
02 093 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marta Rucinska (Ms.)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 223 630
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Milos Nesladek (Prof.)
JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 223 630
Address
Turnhoutseweg 30
2340 Beerse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hamdy Shaban (Dr.)
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 015
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Egert (Prof.)
NATURWISSENSCHAFTLICHES UND MEDIZINISCHES INSTITUT AN DER UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 015
Address
Markwiesenstrasse 55
72770 Reutlingen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Martin Stelzle (Dr.)
SECOND SIGHT MEDICAL PRODUCTS (SWITZERLAND) SARL

Participation ended

Switzerland
Address
Chemin Des Oisillons 1B
1110 Morges
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gregoire Cosendai (Dr.)
3BRAIN GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 207 425
Address
Schulstrasse 76
7302 Landquart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Killian Imfeld (Dr.)