StratNeuro is the strategic research area neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, Umeå University and KTH for integrating clinical and basic research and to foster a new generation of leaders and scientists in translational neuroscience.
Brain disorders are among the most common causes of disability in high income countries. The European Brain Council has estimated that one third of European citizens will be affected during their lifetime. In addition to the suffering of patients and their families, this leads to enormous costs for society. In spite of the major impact on society, there is a lack of effective prevention and treatments. Karolinska Institutet, together with Umeå University and KTH, therefore has established the strategic neuroscience area StratNeuro.
The vision is that by integrating research in clinical and basic neurosciences, the StratNeuro will significantly advance knowledge to the point where the burden of disease from brain disorders that cause cognitive and motor dysfunctions is reduced. One aspect of this will be a striving to create a truly interactive, translational neuroscience milieu with an international reputation that will attract academic and industrial partners.
The mission is to:
- Reveal the biological underpinnings of cognitive and motor functions
- Identify etiology, pathophysiology, social and environmental risk factors of the major brain disorders
- Develop biomarkers for early detection and for monitoring disease progress
- Develop new approaches for prevention and treatment
- Foster a new generation of leaders and scientists in translational neuroscience
- Basic mechanisms supporting motor and cognitive functions
- Neurodevelopmental disorders and psychiatry
- Neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases
Management and organisation
The strategic research area neuroscience is managed by a PI-faculty board and an Executive Board with representatives from the three research programs. The PI-faculty has regular meetings where they evaluate the research progress and make strategic decisions. Hans Forssberg coordinates the Executive board, and Bengt Winblad, Ole Kiehn, and Lars Nyberg are deputy coordinators.
- Bengt Winblad, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
- Patrik Ernfors, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
- Emma Andersson, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition
- Jens Hjerling-Leffler, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
Adjunct to the Management Group
The infrastructure is available for the whole neuroscience community at the universities. Our industrial partners take part in the development in a win-win agreement, by sharing costs for new equipment and running costs.
Research training: A director-of-study develop the Neuroscience Research Training Program, based on the existing course programs and research schools. This person is accountable for initiating the Student Network.
International Scientific Advisory Board: The advisory board includes world leading scientists who will evaluate the progress. They report and give advice to the PI-faculty and the Board of Research at Karolinska Institutet.