As part of the French Investment for the Future Initiative, the BRAIN project (Bordeaux Region Aquitaine Initiative for Neuroscience), led by Daniel Choquet has been selected as a cluster of excellence LabEx.
This highly competitive award aims to reinforce international attractiveness of French laboratories, by structuring local sites and giving the opportunity to realize very high level scientific projects. Therefore, 25 teams from 5 different institutes in Bordeaux received a total amount of 20M€ for 10 years.
Recent advances in the understanding of brain function are breaking down barriers that existed between the different areas of neurosciences. To be competitive, Neuroscience research must tend towards transversality between molecular, systemic, behavioral and clinical levels of analysis. The Aquitaine Neuroscience community has a critical mass of expertise and recognition at the international level on all these levels. The approach initiated in 2008 with the Neurocampus project has begun to formalize the consolidation of neuroscience teams towards a global and coherent strategy. The BRAIN project will bring them to a further level of excellence and recognition by favoring the integration and dissemination of research as well as accelerating the rate of discoveries.
The general scientific objective of BRAIN is to bring together a multidisciplinary consortium of scientists, featuring world renowned leaders, in order to tackle the most important challenges facing neuroscience research.
In this regard, BRAIN will build on the diverse and complementary expertise of its teams and partners. To make Bordeaux one of the top Neuroscience research centers in Europe, BRAIN will strengthen its teams in terms of (i) productivity and competitiveness through access to infrastructure and high level core facilities, (ii) attractiveness and visibility through the creation of international training programs and the offer of international doctoral and post-doc fellowships and positions.