Real progress in neuroscience research can only be achieved through highly multidisciplinary approaches.
This necessarily involves the collaboration of experts from fields as different as behavioural sciences, electrophysiology or molecular biology. In this network scientists from these and other disciplines have joined to accelerate research in the study of the synaptic role in brain disorders involving cognitive impairment, such as neurodevelopmental disorders, or cognitive decline, such as neurodegenerative diseases.
To perform multidisciplinary science it is indispensible to collaborate with experts in different fields of research.
One of the main objectives of this network is precisely to facilitate the interaction and collaboration of scientists that would otherwise work independently as they belong to different fields. The exchange of ideas and knowledge between members of the network will be promoted through the organisation of meetings and a specifically developed programme of students mobility between laboratories.
The SynCogDys network is formed by 10 research groups from universities and research institutes across Spain.
These cover all major fields of expertise in neuroscience: behavioural research in animal models, functional studies on behaving animals, synaptic physiology, pharmacology, cell biology, neuronal circuits, optogenetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and computational biology. While using different methodological approaches all these groups share an interest in the biology of synapses, both in health and disease.
Widespread dissemination of research findings is fundamental for the advancement of science.
For this reason one of the central objectives of this network is to potentiatte the publication of the collaborative work performed by its groups. Research undertaken by the network will be primarily published in specialised scientific journals. The network members are strongly committted to open access publication policies as these maximise knowlegde dissemination.