Neurobiologist Dr Carlos Fitzsimons has been awarded a grant from the Horizon 2020 programme NEURON: Network of European Funding for Neuroscience Research. The awarded project is called ‘REACT NSC: Induction of Reactive Neural Stem Cells by Traumatic Brain Injury in the Adult Hippocampus.’
This grant of total €850,000 will fund four postdoctoral fellows, for three years. A quarter of this grant is allocated to the research group of Fitzsimons, of the Swammerdam Institute of Life Sciences, at the University of Amsterdam.
With this grant the REACT NSC consortium aims to understand if and how reactive adult neural stem cells are induced by traumatic brain injuries. Also, they investigate whether blocking the activation of neural stem cells after traumatic brain injuries preserves neural stem cell populations and adult hippocampal neurogenesis. This would improve cognitive outcome and therefore can be translated towards novel therapeutic strategies against traumatic brain injuries.
Carlos Fitzsimons is awarded this grant together with colleagues from the Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, Spain; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and the Neurocentre Magendie Bordeaux France.