NovoBrain is a Marie Curie Programme, which provides Ph.D. students with a comprehensive and multidisciplinary research training programme in basic, cognitive and clinical neuroscience. The programme particularly focusses on „the mechanisms underlying learning and memory formation" in the mammalian brain.
Training is conducted over a 36 month period and culminates with a PhD in Neuroscience.
NovoBrain is based within the International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN) at the Ruhr University Bochum but interacts very closely with two other centres of research excellence: the Neurocenter in Bonn and the Institute for Medicine at the Forschungszentrum Jülich (Research Centre Jülich).
These centres are located in the state of Northrhine Westphalia on the western borders of Germany.
Bochum has an outstanding reputation in the area of systems neuroscience. Here, the students are trained in wide-ranging aspects of cognition and memory research which range from molecular mechanisms, through electrophysiology, systems neuroscience, cognitive and clinical neuroscience, as well as neuroinformatics. At Jülich, students are exposed to brain imaging techniques (MRI, PET, MEG, in vitro transmitter receptor mapping ) of the human brain and cognitive neurology at the level of "state of the art", at the Neurocenter (Bonn), students are trained in methods for human electrophysiological and cognitive analysis.
The NovoBrain Programme is coordinated by Professor Denise Manahan-Vaughan, Dean of Studies and Director of the IGSN, Ruhr University Bochum.