Doctoral school within Synaptic Dysfunction in Alzheimer Disease (SyDAD)

The European Training Network (ETN) Synaptic Dysfunction in Alzheimer Disease (SyDAD) is an international doctoral school that starts in April 2016. 15 doctoral students will be admitted and have the opporunity to become Alzheimer researchers of tomorrow.

SyDAD is a European Training Network sponsored by Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions which will train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR´s, PhD students) and perform a collaborative research program to reveal the mechanisms behind synaptic dysfunction in Alzheimer Disease (AD).

For these purposes, we have collected world-leading expertise in AD research and synaptic biology from distinguished universities and academic institutes as well as pharmaceutical companies. The PhD students will have access to this expertise, cutting-edge technology, an excellent training programme and international exchanges.

SyDAD aims

  • To train 15 Early Stage Researchers to a new generation of researchers with an innovative mind-set and full understanding of the requirements of academia, pharmaceutical companies, the clinics and the societal challenges. 
  • To, through a collaborative research programme, elucidate how the different pathways underlying synaptic dysfunction in Alzheimer Disease relate to each other, to identify novel pharmaceutical targets and to elaborate a drug discovery platform for future implementation of the results.

Participating organisations

SyDAD consists of four academic organisations and two pharmaceutical companies that all will hire PhD students.

Karolinska Institutet (coordinating university)


Prof Bengt Winblad

Project Manager and Site-responsible scientist

Assoc Prof Susanne Frykman

University of Bordeaux

Site-responsible scientist

Prof Christophe Mulle

University of Milano

Site-responsible scientist

Prof Monica di Luca

Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE)

Site-responsible scientist

Eckhard Mandelkow

Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Site-responsible scientist

Juan D Pita-Almenar

Axon Neuroscience

Site-responsible scientist

Michal Novak

In addition, collaborations, secondments and training will also take place at:

  • Gothenburg University
  • Astra Zeneca Translational Center
  • AlzeCure Discovery
  • Serendipity Innovations
  • Alzheimer Europe

ESR projects and how to apply 

The ESR´s will pursue 15 different PhD projects, distributed at the six participating organisations. The applicants are asked to send separate applications directly to each organisation and to provide a list which SyDAD projects (maximum three) they apply for in a prioritised order.

For more information on the ESR projects and how to apply, see SyDAD´s websait.


Susanne Frykman

Project Manager

Phone: +46-8-58583625

Professor Bengt Winblad


Phone: +46-8-585 854 74

Gunilla Johansson

Administrative Manager

Phone: +46-8-585 836 18

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