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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

Japan And Norway United in Brain, Education and Therapeutics

Alternative title: Japan og Norge forent i Hjernen, Utdanning og Terapi

Awarded: NOK 4.5 mill.

Educating young neuroscientists happens hands on, actively carrying out research projects. Successful training depends on training by excellent scientists, who head excellent research groups that are embedded in a large international and multi-disciplinary environment. We have established a cutting-edge, international research collaboration, with a very high potential to result in treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Together, the three partners secure a research and training space, which is unique in the world. The two Japanese partners have a longstanding collaborative tradition, and this holds also true for NTNU and Tohoku University. The participating Japanese and Norwegian students will actively contribute to an international research collaboration. Students will be exposed to different research cultures since they will study for some time in a country different from where they will obtain their degree. Their projects will all be part of a frontiers research endeavor, based on the recent discovery of new tools to manipulate the functions of identified neurons through changing their genetic code. This will provide a very high potential to result in treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. We have identified at least two PhD candidates to participate in the planned exchange program, but the COVID-19 situation has prevented implementation. The planned course on primate neurobiology took place in a digital form at Kyoto University from 10-15 September 2021.The Young Scientist Meeting, scheduled for September in Greece, has been moved to Spring 2022.

Educating young neuroscientists at MSc and PhD level happens hands on, actively carrying out research projects. Successful training depends on training by excellent scientists, who head excellent research groups that are embedded in a large multi-disciplinary environment. Here we propose to initiate a ground-breaking, cutting-edge, international research collaboration, with a very high potential to result in treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Together, the three partners secure a research and training space, which is unique in the world. The two Japanese partners have a longstanding collaborative tradition and this holds also true for NTNU and Tohoku University. The participating Japanese and Norwegian students will actively contribute to an international research collaboration. They will be exposed to different research cultures since they will study for some time in a country different from where they are being educated and will obtain their degree. Their projects will all be part of a frontiers research endeavor, based on the very recent discovery of new tools to manipulate the phenotype of identified neurons through changing their genotype, providing a very high potential to result in treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. We will initiate a student and researcher exchange program between the three partners, including exchange visits and hands-on courses at all locations. These courses will be recorded to prepare new online educational materials, to be used in training generations of students to come. An added aspect will include the exposure to neuromedicine, i.e. the application of obtained fundamental knowledge towards the development and assessment of new therapeutics.

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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research