Director of the Donders Institute Guillén Fernández
Director of the Donders Institute Guillén Fernández
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Roshan Cools, the 'new' neuroscientist
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newsletter june 2015 front page

Memorandum of Understanding Donders and University of York

On Monday 11 May Guillén Fernandez, chair of the Donders Institute, and Robert Haché, Vice-President Research & Innovation of York University (Canada), signed a Memory of Understanding. The Memorandum aims at solidifying the existing research relationship and engaging in further collaboration in the areas of vision research and more generally the neuroscience of perception and action and their applications in health, computer science and robotics.

Furthermore the Memorandum focuses on active support for visiting scientists and students, identification and pursuit of large scale funding opportunities for multiple institutions and support for each other’s funding, research, and training initiatives whenever needed.

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Veni- and Rubicon grants for Donders researchers

Four VENI grants for Donders researchers
Donders scientists succeeded in scoring four VENI grants from NWO to fund their research. These grants will advance our understandings of topics as diverse as long term effects of neglect, treatment of antisocial patients, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the interplay between action and perception.

The trauma-resistant brain

by Marloes Henckens

How do actions form our perception?

by Fleur Zeldenrust

A decision model for antisocial and psychopathological patients

by Inti Brazil

Endocannabinoid signalling and vulnerability

by Piray Atsak

Rubicon grant:  Perception as a result of inference in the brain

for Peter Kok.

He will use the funding to reveal how prior knowledge of past events biases our perception of current events.

Rubicon is one of NWO's funding instruments. It allows recently graduated scientists to carry out research at a non-Dutch science institute, and thereby fosters international collaboration.

VENI grants, or Innovational Research Incentive Scheme Veni, are granted by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to young researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. This year, NWO honored 161 applications out of 1124.


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