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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

Jan 17

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (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.

Building Bridges through Science

"The Science Bridge" initiative wants to promote international life science collaboration between Western and Middle Eastern neuroscience communities

Nov 15

The Ikerbasque Research Professor and Achucarro Group Leader Mazahir T. Hasan is the leading voice and the coordinator of "The Science Bridge" a new international initiative that strives to promote scientific collaboration as a way to get different cultures closer to each other.

In this paper, 122 authors from 82 research centers and 22 countries all over the world give an overview of successful intercultural science exchange during the ‘Golden Age' of the medieval Arab and Persian cultures. This historic model of tolerance and free exchange of ideas can serve as an inspirational model for efforts today in bridging cultures from the West and the Middle-East/South-Asia by scientific pursuits.

The authors also introduce a two-step plan for The Science Bridge: In the first step, the initiative will organize scientific conferences, research exchange programs and shared grants to enhance collaborations in the life sciences, especially brain research, with a focus on medical treatments and cures. In the second step, it aims to establish "Twin Institutes" which are complementary research facilities with one being located in a Western, the other one in a Middle-Eastern/South-Asian country and both being structured in a way to promote open dialog and exchange of ideas.

Nobel Laureate Professor Torsten Wiesel of the Rockefeller University in New York, USA says, "Researchers from different cultures and nations in the ‘Twin Institutes', an innovative concept proposed by The Science Bridge, could make important contributions both in science and in human relations."

Thomas Lissek, first author of the new publication and a medical student at Heidelberg University: "Our key motivation is to accelerate scientific progress by establishing new friendships and new collaborations around the world."

https://thesciencebridge.org/

New strategy 2018-2021

During the year 2017, Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience (ACHUCARRO) underwent a process of assessment and review of the achievement during the period 2014-2017, with the objective of reflecting on the challenges for the future and the next strategic period, 2018-2021.

Jan 18

ACHUCARRO is one of the Basque Excellence Research Centres (BERC) fostered by the Basque Government

During the year 2017, Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience (ACHUCARRO) underwent a process of assessment and review of the achievement during the period 2014-2017, with the objective of reflecting on the challenges for the future and the next strategic period, 2018-2021.

Strategic assessment and analysis with ISAC panel (JUne 2017)
Strategic assessment and analysis with ISAC panel (June 2017)

Achucarro Forum sobre las enfermedades autoinmunes del cerebro con el renombrado neurólogo Josep Dalmau

En esta ocasión, nos trasladaremos al auditorio de Dock Bilbao, en el Campo Volantín, la tarde del jueves 26 de octubre

Oct 26

Sabemos desde hace algo más de una década que el sistema inmunológico humano puede alterar algunas funciones cerebrales. Las alteraciones que nuestro propio sistema de defensa (el sistema inmunitario) puede producir en nuestro organismo, puede provocar alteraciones muy importantes de la conducta, la memoria o la personalidad, hasta llegar a la psicosis..

Nuestro ponente en esta nueva edición del ciclo de conferencias Achucarro Forum es el neurólogo e investigador, Josep Dalmau Obrador, que está considerado un experto mundial en neuro-oncología, síndromes paraneoplásicos y encefalitis autoinmunes. La carrera científica del Dr. Dalmau es realmente impresionante. Entre otros logros y méritos, ha sido capaz de descubrir alrededor de 10 enfermedades autoinmunes del cerebro, denominadas encefalopatías autoinmunes, en las que los anticuerpos del sistema inmune atacan a proteínas y receptores cerebrales. Uno de sus hallazgos más importantes es la encefalitis por anticuerpos contra el receptor NMDA.

https://www.achucarro.org/achucarro-forum/josep-dalmau

Inauguration of the new headquarters

Our centre has opened up our new facilities in the Sede Building of the Science park of the UPV/EHU en Leioa

Jun 21

The President of the Basque Goverment, Mr. Iñigo Urkullu; the Basque Minister for Education, Prof. Cristina Uriarte; together with the Rector of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Prof. Nekane Balluerka; the mayor of the city of Leioa, Mrs. Maria Carmen Urbieta; apart from other authorities and colleagues of the Basque Science System inaugurated the new building of Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience. The new ACHUCARRO is established in the Sede Building within the Science park of the UPV/EHU, next to the campus of that university in Leioa.

The following video strives to give a view on the new resources.

http://www.achucarro.org/the-center

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