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Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience

As part of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour – the Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience is devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of human cognition and behavior in health and disease.

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Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience

Our institute’s mission includes conducting interdisciplinary research of excellence at the unique interface between genetic, molecular and cellular processes, on the one hand, and clinical and system-level neuroscience, including cognitive and behavioral readouts, on the other. In doing so, we aim to have a significant impact on the prevention, diagnosis, staging and treatment of specific brain-based disorders.

Joint research themes

The Donders Institute is a cross-faculty institute and is home to a large number of dedicated researchers, all of whom share the common goal of contributing to the advancement of brain, cognitive and behavioral sciences through investigator-driven research, and of improving health, education and technology by applying advances in this field.

The research at the Donder's Institute focuses on 4 themes:
  1. Language and Communication
  2. Perception, Action and Control
  3. Plasticity and Memory
  4. Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication
A majority of the Radboudumc researchers working on the themes Alzheimer's disease, Neurodevelopement disorders, and Stress-related disorders, work together within the context of Donders Institute's Plasticity and Memory theme.

A majority of the Radboudumc researchers working on the themes Disorders of movement and Sensory disorders, work together within the context of Donders Institute's Perception, Action and Control theme.

In addition, some Radboudumc researchers work in the context of the Donders Institute’s Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication theme.

Graduate School 

Training of PhD candidates of the five neuroscience related research themes is organized within the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience. The graduate school covers training at Master’s and PhD level. Over 350 PhD candidates of the Donders Institute are currently enrolled.

The graduate school offers a broad range of cognitive neuroscience courses, hands-on practical training and in-depth research experience. The program is appealing and well-structured. The graduate school has an international reputation for recruitment and training of the next generation of independent scientists and enforces policies aimed at reducing PhD graduation time in line with local, national and European guidelines.

Scientific Director

Prof. Guillén Fernández PhD
+31 (0)24 365 32 76

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Career Jobs and internships

Donders Institute offers ample positions for talented and ambitious new colleagues.

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Career Jobs and internships

The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class research centre devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of human cognition and behavior in health and disease. The Institute is home to more than 600 researchers from 35 countries who share the common goal of contributing to the advancement of the brain-, cognitive- and behavioral sciences through investigator-driven research, and improving health, education and technology by applying advances in this field.

Job vacancies

The Donders Institute offers ample positions for talented and ambitious new colleagues. There are frequent job openings for talented researchers, technical personnel and students alike. These positions are advertised online.

Hypatia Tenure Track Grant

A significant impact on healthcare is at the core of Radboudumc. It is, of course, far from the only institution seeking to achieve this. What sets Radboudumc apart is its level of commitment to selecting the best people and supporting them in order to achieve its vision. To demonstrate this, the medical center awards the prestigious one million Euros Hypatia Tenure Track Grant, to attract the most talented scientists.

Internships

Donders Institute welcomes students to perform internships within our institute. Many departments are very open and willing to accommodate ambitious students. Internships are not centrally organized in our institute. We recommend that you browse the Radboudumc/Research pages as well as Donders Institute website for interesting topics and directly contact (a limited number of) principal investigators with your resume, motivation, duration of internship and desired start date.

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Contact and getting there

The DCMN offices are located in the Trigon building.

Entrance: Donders Institute

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Contact and getting there

Visiting address

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Kapittelweg 29
6525 EN Nijmegen

Postal address

Donders Center for Neuroscience
Huispost /internal box nr 205
P.O. Box 9101
6500HB Nijmegen

Contact

T: +31 (0)24 365 32 76

Departments

DCN researchers work at different Radboudumc departments, (such as Neurology, Genetics, CNS, Psychiatry, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, Anatomy, Ophtalmology, ENT, Medical psychology and Radiology&Nuclear medicine). See departments for their contact information.

Directions

Enter building at: Donders Institute

Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience

In order to train young talent in the broad field of cognitive neuroscience we offer students a high-quality educational program at both the Master's and the PhD level.

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Grants and awards

Radboudumc grants several awards and subsidies every year. Our scientists also receive prestigious national and international awards.

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Website Donders Institute

Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience is part of the Donders Institute for brain, cognition and behaviour. General information about the Donders Institute can be found on their website.


Research Agenda 2025 for a significant impact on healthcare

The Radboudumc Research Agenda 2025 defines our research strategies.

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Public Outreach Officer

Harriette Koop, MSc
+31 (0)24 361 09 82

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Research themes

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