To tighten the individual expertise and strengthen the translational efforts of the consortium, we will implement the following instruments.
As a first step we will continue to exploit the possibility of using identical experimental learning paradigms in rodents and humans. This will be intensified by funding tandem projects in which a PI from the molecular field and a PI from the human field will co-supervise a postdoc and a PhD student in a project that benefits from a combined human-animal approach. In some areas (e.g. memory consolidation), an integrative neuroscience approach using modern neuropharmacological interventions and genetic analyses in humans allows direct links to findings in cellular and molecular neuroscience. In other cases the two fields can be linked by biologically plausible computional models. These fields will be strengthened by establishing an integrative neuroscience junior research group and a professorship for computational neuroscience. Finally, the envisaged link between molecular and human neuroscience will be fostered by junior scientists who have been trained in both fields through am integrated graduate school, which will in addition be linked to the tandem projects through the participating PhD students.