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Synaptic Dysfunction in Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Objective

The large public health burden and individual suffering associated with mental disorders speaks to the need to study their biological underpinning. Genetic research, animal models of disease and human neuroimaging studies have provided convergent evidence to common pathways implicated in their aetiology, namely pathways that regulate synapse development and plasticity, which result in abnormal structural and functional connectivity in the brain of neuropsychiatric patients. The time has come to integrate studies across different levels, leading to the identification of signatures of illness associated to specific risk pathways, which can drive the development of novel therapies.

The objective of Syn2Psy is to provide high-level Ph.D. training for 14 early stage researchers (ESRs) to answer three critical questions: 1) What are the synaptic defects at the basis of neuropsychiatric disorders? 2) Which are the neuronal circuits that are disrupted, and may be targets for therapies? 3) How and when can we modulate the course of disease? Syn2Psy combines strong scientific with complementary know-how from the non-academic sector, and network-wide actions on scientific and complementary soft skills, to train a new generation of high achieving ESRs and provide them with the transferable skills necessary for thriving careers in a flourishing area. Industrial partners Lundbeck, Eurotrials and ZEISS provide experience on drug, clinical trials and technology development, the Coimbra University Hospital will expose the students to clinical research, while the clinic for child development PIN and the Marionet theatre company offer training in societal awareness and outreach. The excellent basic scientific knowledge and diverse skills acquired by ESRs will enhance their employment prospects in both the academic and non-academic sectors, and their scientific contributions will inform novel therapeutic approaches for alleviating this leading cause of disability worldwide.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

CENTRO DE NEUROCIENCIAS E BIOLOGIACELULAR ASSOCIACAO
Address
Universidade De Coimbra Largo Marques De Pombal
3004 517 Coimbra
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 713 160,72

Participants (5)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 1 099 208,16
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 562 553,28
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 606 345,12
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 606 345,12
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
H. LUNDBECK AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 297 522
Address
Ottiliavej 7-9
2500 Valby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (5)

MARIONET-ASSOCIACAO CULTURAL
Portugal
Address
90 Av. Emidio Navarro 5 Esq
3000 151 Coimbra
Activity type
Other
PIN - Progresso Infantil
Portugal
Address
Rua Calvet De Magalhães, 244 - 0
2770 - 022 Paço De Arcos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRO HOSPITALAR E UNIVERSITARIO DE COIMBRA EPE
Portugal
Address
Av De Bissaya, Praceta De Mota Pinto
3000-075 Coimbra
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Eurotrials Scientific Consultants
Portugal
Address
Rua Tierno Galvan, Torre 3, Piso 16
1070-274 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CARL ZEISS SMS GMBH
Germany
Address
Carl Zeiss Promenade 10
07745 Jena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)