International cooperation project to fight Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
More than 50% the population are expected to encounter a severe traumatic experience, and roughly 8% of those exposed will develop the typical PTSD
The objective of this cooperative research project (entitled topdownPTSD) is to investigate the how memory circuits become dysfunctional in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is estimated that during a lifetime, more than 50% the population are expected to encounter a severe traumatic experience, and roughly 8% of those exposed will develop the typical PTSD with serious emotional states and flashbacks.
The team will investigate the brain circuits that generates PTSD, starting from a fundamental laboratory approach to therapeutic intervention with a focused goal to eventually treat or cure PTSD in humans.
Prof. Mazahir T. Hasan, Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience will lead and coordinate this European ERA-NET Neuron project awarded with a total of 1.2 million euros, with a consortium of 6 research groups from 5 different European countries: Spain, Italy, Norway, Germany and Poland.
The ERA-NET NEURON supports basic, clinical and translational research in the diverse fields of disease-related neuroscience. Ministries and funding organisations across Europe, Israel, Turkey and Canada have joined forces to conquer diseases of the brain and the nervous system.
This is the second year in a row that Achucarro researchers get one of these very competitive projects. On the 2016 call, JM Encinas was also granted another project, also as coordinator.