Renewed Partnership

On 29 May 2017, Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, Michael Hengartner, President of the University of Zurich and Anna Christina Nobre, Head of Oxford Neuroscience, signed the new Memorandum of Understanding in Montreal to continue the Oxford-McGill-Zurich Partnership in Neuroscience.

Since 2013 the partnership has successfully conducted a variety of joint activities: mutual participation at annual symposia, more than 60 joint pilot projects and more than 10 joint publications, several student fellowships and three large-scale joint research projects in the area of healthy brain aging.

The joint activities will be continued for the next five years. Pilot projects will be called for twice a year and concern any area relevant to the nervous system and its disorders. For the four new joint focus areas

  • Neurodegeneration / Healthy Aging
  • Neuroinflammation / Multiple Sclerosis
  • Sleep /Circadian Rhythms
  • Brain Networks / Neural Circuits

the three partners will define new large-scale research projects in the coming months. Special postdoc events and new student fellowships will be offered. The next call for pilot projects will be announced by 3 July 2017 (see post in this newsletter).

Image: From left to right: Michael Hengartner, President UZH; Fritjof Helmchen, Director ZNZ; Kia Nobre, Head Oxford Neuroscience; Rosie Goldstein, Vice-Principal for Research and Innovation, McGill University; Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University