The overarching objective of this ETN is to provide high-level training in the field of serotonin, neurodevelopment, neuropsychiatry and neurotechnologies. A new generation of young , high achieving early stage researchers (ESRs), will be equipped with a combination of multi-faceted technical skills and a thorough understanding of brain development.
We will deliver ESRs excelling in cross-species data translation, neurotechnologies and transferable skills necessary for thriving careers in a rapidly evolving area that requires innovative scientific and technological development.
This goal will be achieved by a unique combination of “hands-on” research training, non-academic secondments and courses and workshops on scientific and complementary “soft” skills. These training activities are facilitated by the academic (10) – non-academic (11) composition of the consortium. S&B ESRs will be trained and well-positioned to address the current and future Societal Challenges, such as providing affordable health to the European population. The strength of this application is that it focuses on serotonin-mediated neurodevelopmental processes and behavioural and cognitive correlates that cut across diagnostic categories (such as depression, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and impulse control disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)).This we denote as transdiagnostic behaviour and cognition.
Our ESRs will increase the level of critical knowledge in the multi-level trajectories through which serotonin shapes transdiagnostic behaviour and cognition during critical windows in brain development. Through the integration of neurotechnologies and preclinical-clinical research, new discoveries can be expected. Furthermore, the training we provide in S&B allows ESRs to deliver insights in critical windows for interventions as well as new ideas for future intervention approaches redirecting serotonin-mediated developmental changes. This will lead to improved prevention of these disorders and promote mental health.
After this training, all our ESRs will be at ease with working in international, interdisciplinary, innovation-driven, and intersectoral collaborations and be able to make next steps in neuroscientific research and related industry.