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EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie project ‘MiND’: put your mind to work on ADHD and autism.

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are common neurodevelopmental disorders affecting both children and adults. Despite their societal importance, progress in understanding disease biology has been slow and treatment options are limited.

The pan-European training network MiND (, a strategic collaboration of world-leading academic groups, research-intensive commercial enterprises and patient organizations, aims to substantially increase our knowledge about the etiology of ADHD and ASD through interdisciplinary research. We combine advanced (epi-)genetics, epidemiological, and neuroscientific approaches with bioinformatics and will develop novel cell and animal models of increasing complexity to understand the biology of cognition. Our mechanistic work is embedded in a framework exploring disease definitions for ADHD and ASD across the lifespan and will contribute substantially to improved disease management. Within MiND, we will identify new compounds for pharmacological treatment, establish novel animal models to test these, probe the microbiome for dietary interventions reducing symptoms and evaluate mindfulness training as a non-pharmacological treatment option.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:42

Successful first Cognomics Summer School Brain Imaging Genetics

As part of the Radboud Summer School program, the Donders Cognomics Initiative successfully organized its first summer school on brain imaging genetics.
On August 11, 28 young researchers from 11 different countries, most of them PhD-students and young postdocs, eagerly started on the 5-day course to gain insight into how neuroimaging and genetics data can be linked. Experts in neuroimaging and in genetics from the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, accompanied by international experts from Australia, the western part of the US, and the UK, were available to share their knowledge with them.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:36

Brain Imaging Genetics Summer School

Registration is now open for this year´s summer school on Brain imaging genetics organized by the Cognomics Initiative!

Organized as part of the Radboud Summer School Program our summer school takes place from Monday the 11th of August to Friday the 15th. The summer school is targeted at national and international graduate students and junior postdocs (limited to 40) with a background in either neuroimaging or genetics, who want to learn how to perform imaging genetics studies. It will be an intensive course, covering several topics on brain imaging as well as diverse genetic analyses. The course will start with two parallel tracks that provide a brief introduction to both imaging and genetics, depending on your background. The program will consist of lectures by expert, internationally recognized speakers, followed by hands?on practicals and demonstrations using real life data. We will cover genetics ranging from single variant and gene-wide analyses to genome-wide strategies and combine those with different approaches to MRI-based neuroimaging (structural, diffusion tensor imaging and resting-state fMRI).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:49

Media coverage of Hanneke den Ouden's recent publication

Hanneke den Ouden's recent paper on the role of dopamine and serotonine transporters during a reversal learning task, has been picked up by The Guardian. Click here to read the whole story.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 10:42

Vice chair Cognomics, Simon Fisher, gave inaugural lecture

Vice chair of the Cognomics Initiative, Prof.dr. Simon Fisher, gave his inaugural lecture at the Radboud University Aula on the 26th of Sept, 15:45. His lecture is titled 'How your genome helps you speak'. Fisher, the director of the only lab in the world focussing on the genetics of speech and language, was involved in the discovery of FOXP2, a gene highly implicated in speech and language. This discovery has led to many other interesting findings published by Fisher and his lab.

More information about the lecture can be found here.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 14:37

Cognomics Symposium 10 & 11 September 2013

The Nijmegen Cognomics Initiative brings together leading scientists from a range of disciplines to understand how variations in the human genome affect brain structure and function, to impact on memory, language, social behaviour and other crucial aspects of cognition. Last year we officially launched Cognomics with an exciting opening event. This year, we organized our first annual two-day Cognomics Symposium. The program included key-note lectures by world-leading neuroscientists David Glahn (Yale University) and Genevieve Konopka (UT Southwestern Medical Center) along with several stimulating oral and poster sessions, covering the state-of-the-art on the links between genes, neurons, circuits, brains and cognition.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 10:46

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