The official kick-off meeting of the REACT NSC consortium took place in Bordeaux, France, on March 16, 2017. The meeting was hosted at the Neurocentre Magendie and the four groups that form the consortium were represented by their leaders.
It was a full-day discussion on the organization and planning for the coming 3 years, during which the members of the consortium will work together to understand how traumatic brain injury induces long-term changes in NSCs and newborn neurons, drastically altering the process of neurogenesis and thereby affecting hippocampal circuitry and cognitive functions.
Ultimately, we aim to demonstrate that NSCs and adult hippocampal neurogenesis should be considered a novel target for developing innovative therapies against brain damage.
Structure of the REACT NSC consortium
REACT NSC is composed of 4 partner groups:
- Laboratory of Neural Stem Cells and Neurogenesis
Leader: Juan M Encinas (Project Coordinator, leader work package 4)
Institution/Department: Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, Spain.
- Laboratory of Gene Expression Regulation in Neural Stem Cells
Leader: Carlos P. Fitzsimons (Leader work package 1)
Institution/Department: Neuroscience Program, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
- Laboratory of Neurogenesis and Pathophysiology
Leader: D. Nora Abrous (Leader work package 2)
Institution/Department: Neurocentre Magendie, Bordeaux, France.
- Laboratory for Neurobiology and Gene Therapy
Leader: Veerle Baekelandt (Leader work package 3)
Institution/Department: Department of Neurosciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.