clock-drawing-test, a measure of cognitive decline in Alzheimer patients

Overview of the proposed early stage research training project

The common aim of the consortium is to study the early pathomechanisms of AD, the consequences for the functioning of neuronal networks and for deficits in memory performance in animal models. Due to the demographical development of societies in industrialized countries, the number of AD patients will increase dramatically within the next years.

It is expected that the demand for well-trained scientists in pharmaceutical companies and academic research units focussing on AD is increasing within the near future. A consortium of AD scientists from nine European universities and associated partners from industry have gathered to implement a Marie Curie Early Stage Training programme, named NEURAD (acronym for "neuron" and "AD").

The NEURAD Ph.D. students will benefit from all of these different aspects during the training programme. The initial research training is carried out in a university laboratory. Within the three year NEURAD Ph.D. programme the students will be trained in three additional and mandatory modules, and one optional module.

  • Module 1: They will perform an interdisciplinary experimental training in foreign university based laboratories within the consortium.
  • Module 2: Multidisciplinary courses and seminars in AD research and management skills will be held in year 2, 3 and 4 during a two-week Summer School as complementary training.
  • Module 3: They will receive an intersectional three month research training in a laboratory of the associated pharmaceutical groups, in order to gain insight into industrial processes.
  • The optional 4th module s offered for one month clinical internship in order to learn daily cause of action in a clinical memory unit, hands-on knowledge on neuropsychological rating and clinical diagnosis, and handling of human body fluids.
All these actions will manifest the mobility of the Ph.D. students in a European perspective, and implement the truly interdisciplinary, intersectional and multidisciplinary character of the NEURAD initiative, which will warrant competitive recruitment and engagement of highly motivated Ph.D. students, who will get an optimal supervision and training.