Marie Curie ITN NPlast
NPlast is an international Marie-Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) that started in January 2012 and that is coordinated by the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN) in Magdeburg. The MC-ITN 'NPlast is funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework program with 4 Mio Euros. The main objective of NPlast is the elucidation of neuronal and synaptic plasticity mechanisms relevant to neuropsychiatric disorders including neurodegeneration, dementia, schizophrenia and epilepsy. NPlast aims to investigate neuroplastic principles that can preserve or restore synaptic function and that can be used to ‚rejuvenate’ the brain in the elderly as well as to treat neuropsychiatric conditions in adults.
NPlast will train a total of 15 early-stage (Ph.D. students) and experienced researchers (young postdocs). The young scientists get the opportunity to join established research teams in six different European countries (eight partners from the public and four partners from the private sector) and to improve their research skills in the field of neuroscience. The highly multidisciplinary training program includes research in individual projects, secondments in research groups of different network partners and participation in a variety of local and network-wide workshops.
The program was initiated by Michael R. Kreutz, who also coordinates the network during the funding period. Michael is Head of the Research Group Neuroplasticity at the LIN in Magdeburg.
For more information about NPlast see www.nplast.de