Navigation Links
European Research Council grant for neuroscience research

Zachary Mainen, coordinator of the Champalimaud Foundation Neuroscience Programme at the IGC, has become one of the most recent winners of the prestigious and highly competitive European Research Council grants, to the value of 2.3 million euro, for a period of five years. This grant, which recognises Mainen's contribution to the Neuroscience field, will be used to elucidate the biological role of the neurotransmitter serotonin. The ERC is the most prominent European organism supporting scientific research. Zachary Mainen, north-american, has published over 30 studies in leading scientific journals. In 2007 he left the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory for the Neuroscience Programme and is now living in Portugal.

Zachary Mainen and his group propose to shed light on one of the most enigmatic topics in Neuroscience - the exact role of serotonin in controlling vital behaviours such as eating, sleeping or breathing, and associated psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, migraine or eating disorders.

According to Mainen, "Anti-depressant drugs such as Prozac increase levels of serotonin in the brain, but little is known about what causes the brain to release its own serotonin or exactly how it affects the functioning of the nervous system. We are developing novel tools that will allow us to make definitive tests of serotonin function and gain insight into how this very important neurotransmitter actually functions in the brain. Ultimately, our studies may have clinical applications, as they may contribute to more effective drugs for behavioural disorders or ultimately to more advanced genetic therapies."

The tools the team of scientists is developing, based on genetics, optical imaging and electrophysiology (recording the electrical activity of nerve cells), are a valuable resource for the entire scientific community, across the world.


Contact: Ana Godinho
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Last chance for media to register for ECCO 14 -- the European Cancer Conference
2. 2 French scientists win European award for communication
3. Three-way mating game of North American lizard found in distant European relative
4. European lead in reading past climates from ice cores
5. Hot spots the key to controlling European carp in Australia
6. IdentiPHI Opens Paris Office to Boost European Sales and Support
7. European Union forests expanding, absorbing carbon at surprisingly high rate: study
8. First European Lung Cancer Conference
9. ESFs European ice core project EPICA receives prestigious Descartes Prize
10. European membrane expertise to focus on new treatments for human diseases
11. European light research opens door for optical storage and computing
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
European Research Council grant for neuroscience research
(Date:11/4/2015)... , November 4, 2015 ... market report published by Transparency Market Research "Home Security Solutions ... and Forecast 2015 - 2022", the global home security solutions ... bn by 2022. The market is estimated to expand ... from 2015 to 2022. Rising security needs among customers ...
(Date:10/29/2015)... Oct. 29, 2015  Rubicon Genomics, Inc., today ... distribution of its DNA library preparation products, including ... new ThruPLEX Plasma-seq kit. ThruPLEX Plasma-seq has been ... of NGS libraries for liquid biopsies--the analysis of ... prognostic applications in cancer and other conditions. Eurofins ...
(Date:10/27/2015)... -- Munich, Germany , October ... automatically maps data from mobile eye tracking videos created ... that they can be quantitatively analyzed with SMI,s analysis ... , October 28-29, 2015. SMI,s Automated Semantic Gaze ... tracking videos created with SMI,s Eye Tracking Glasses ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... --> Accutest Research Laboratories, ... Contract Research Organization (CRO), has formed ... Cancer Center - Temple Health for ... ,     (Photo: ) , ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015  PharmAthene, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ... adopted a stockholder rights plan (Rights Plan) in an ... loss carryforwards (NOLs) under Section 382 of the Internal ... --> PharmAthene,s use of its NOLs could be ... as defined in Section 382 of the Code. In ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... HOLLISTON, Mass. , Nov. 25, 2015 ... a biotechnology company developing bioengineered organ implants for life-threatening ... will present at the LD Micro "Main Event" investor ... PT. The presentation will be webcast live and posted ... also be available at the conference for one-on-one meetings ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OPBAP) has been formalized with the signing ... AMA team leaders met with OPBAP leaders Capt. Karl Minter and Capt. Albert ...
Breaking Biology Technology: