Second Workshop NIMHANS-MHeNs-CAPHRI

February 26th and 27th, 2018
Venue: Boardroom S.N2.010, (boardroom 0.01) level 0, Van Kleeftoren, azM Maastricht

Dear colleagues,
I would like to inform you about our forthcoming second joint NIMHANS – MHeNs/CAPRHI symposium on 26 and 27 February at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University. During these two days, we will also celebrate two double degree PhD thesis defenses between MHeNs and NIMHANS. We have taken the initiative that particularly on this occasion when 5 prominent members of the NIMHANS scientific and clinical community are visiting to introduce to each other ours. We would like to welcome all members of MHeNs to attend with the special emphasis on new joint PhD projects, or also for our PhD students the possibility for short visits to experience large cohorts of specific clinical patient groups. We have been working with NIMHANS and the Eye Institute for 5 years and already several joint PhD thesis projects have been finalized. We are following in this aspect the line of our Maastricht University regarding internationalization of our educational and research program. Bridging to India and Bangalore in particular opens for their PhD students the possibility for international experience and obtaining a highly rewarded PhD degree from Maastricht University. On the other side, it brings to our scientists to gain access to a large cohort of clinical data and experience which is sometimes takes much more time due to local restrictions. So, there is an excellent win-win situation.
FOSTERING TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH. We read and hear so much that is dispiriting and enervating during our daily routines. Inefficiency, corruption, nepotism, deteriorating
Standards, fake news and general decay appear to be the order of the day. Fortunately, there are antidotes. From a personal perspective, I was lucky in being able to spend time at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru recently. During this period, I was able to interact with some of its young researchers. To introduce NIMHANS lecturers and assistant professors in various departments including neurology, neurovirology, biophysics, clinical psychology, neurochemistry, neurophysiology and psychiatry are deeply involved in cutting-edge research. Particularly interesting is the neurophysiology department with their studies related to glial responses in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, evaluation of antiepileptic activity of medicinal plants in animal models of epilepsy and aberrant neural synchrony in schizophrenia. The department of psychiatry studies such topics as the neuroimmunogenic and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) correlates of smooth pursuit eye movements and telomere length in dementias. Other departments too cross the artificial boundaries that subdivide the neurosciences. So, I hope to welcome you at our second joint meeting and hope that you can broaden your network including partners at NIMHANS in Bangalore, India
Prof. dr. Harry W.M. Steinbusch
Professor in Cellular Neuroscience
President - Elect Neurotoxicity Society
Founding – Director EURON - European Graduate School for Neuroscience

Participation is free, but please note that registration is obligatory. Due to limited places early registration is recommended.

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