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Initial Training Network for Neurogical disorders orchestrated by cytoKines


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€ 3 536 796
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Neuroinflammatory disease, in particular multiple sclerosis affects more than 700.000 people within Europe alone. European countries are at the forefront of neuroimmunological research and students in medicine and biology are greatly attracted by the field. Neuroimmunology research further impacts our understanding of the ethiopathology of other CNS-disorders including Alzheimer’s Dementia and Morbus Parkinson. The ability of inflammatory immune cells to cause tissue damage within the nervous system is largely governed by soluble mediators including cytokines/chemokines, cytolytic molecules and growth factors. The therapeutic targeting of such mediators has proven successful for the treatment of a number of inflammatory diseases, yet is failing for the treatment of neuroinflammatory disorders. Clearly, the rules and regulatory elements, which govern inflammation and tissue injury within the CNS, differ significantly from those of other tissues and a unique CNS-focused research approach to unravel these rules is required. In this ITN proposal, we will train ESRs and ERs specifically in Neuroimmunology by combining prominent laboratories in academia and industry on the task to study the communication networks between immune and CNS-resident cells.
Scientifically, we focus particularly on the soluble factors mediating cell-cell communication at the immune-CNS interface. To this end, we combine expertise in molecular and cellular Neuroimmunology with Neuropathology of human and animal models of CNS inflammation. In addition, our goal is to further utilize inflammatory processes for neuroprotection.

Project partners

Medizinische Universitaet Wien
Phenex Pharmaceuticals Ag
Institut National De La Sante Et De La Recherche Medicale
Weizmann Institute Of Science
Miltenyi Biotec Gmbh
Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen
Universitat Zurich
Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin
Biontech Ag
Apitope Technology (Bristol) Ltd
Erasmus Universitair Medisch Centrum Rotterdam
Universita Vita-Salute San Raffaele
Universitaetsmedizin Der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz

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