Donders Center for Medical NeuroscienceOur 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 themesThe 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:
- Language and Communication
- Perception, Action and Control
- Plasticity and Memory
- Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication
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 SchoolTraining of PhD candidates of the five neuroscience related research themes is organized within the Donders Graduate School. 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.