The educational part of the program consisted of a spectrum of optional and obligatory courses and training opportunities at different levels. The complementary training aimed at generally applicable skills: e.g. data presentation, grant writing, and scientific language/writing English, but also management courses, computer skills, project management, team building. Each individual trainee could make a selection from the workshops and courses offered by each of the BrainTrain network partners and require additional courses outside the given programme. This resulted for each fellow in a BrainTrain certificate presented at the final conference in Japan.


  • Research teams

    To reach its objectives, the BrainTrain research program is composed of 5 scientific Research Teams, see list below, with 3 trainees each.
  • Genetics of the brain

    The increasing prevalence for neurodegenerative disease in our aging population poses a growing problem for healthcare.
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  • The synaptic interactome

    Many brain disorders are to be considered 'synaptic diseases" or 'synaptopathies' and cellular function of synapses.
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  • Functional genomic of the synapse

    The synapse is a specialized structure between two neurons at which basal neuronal communication takes place.
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  • Synaptic plasticity

    In neuropsychiatric disorders associated with reduced cognitive abilities, such as age-related cognitive decline, but also mental retardation, the ability of synapses to alter their strength is strongly affected.
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  • Transmission and behavioral function

    The etiology of many disorders including age-related cognitive decline and neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease is still poorly understood.
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