Keywords: Organic Optoelectronics, Neuroscience in-vitro and in-vivo, Organic materials/neural systems functional interfaces, Stimulation and readout of bioelectrical activity, Neuro-organic optoelectronics
OLIMPIA is a training network initi ative built on research and development of innovative organic optoelectronic devices interfaced and integrated with living systems. The living systems of choice are neural cells (glia and neuron) that will be interfaced and integrated in vitro and in vivo with different organic electronic and optoelectronic devices (such as OLED, OFET/OLET, OECT, OPD). The major objective of OLIMPIA is to establish an innovative training program aimed at enabling and supporting the development of a novel supradisciplinary field that combines the worlds of organic optoelectronics and of neuroscience. Novel tools based on organic optoelectronic devices will be engineered and developed to stimulate and record neuron bioelectrical activity, such as neuron excitability and mem brane polarization, as well as to modulate cell proliferation and neurite outgrowth. The OLIMPIA research will provide radically new understanding of neural cell-cell communication processes and will impact a wide variety of fields, from biomedical resear ch to neuro-regenerative medicine. The OLIMPIA consortium is both interdisciplinary and intersectorial. It includes key European players with long standing and internationally recognized research tradition in the field of organic electronics and optoelect ronics, organic synthesis as well as neural cell biology and neurophysiology and, as such, is uniquely qualified to implement this ambitious supradisciplinary training program. Moreover, the consortium combines 10 partners belonging to 6 European countrie s from academia, public research centers and industrial labs thereby offering an exciting and broad training landscape to the new generation of researchers.