By The Global Journal | June 13, 2012 - 14:00 GMT
Universities in Geneva and Lausanne announced on Monday (11th of June) their intention to create a CHF110 million global neuroscience project "Neuropolis". Focused on furthering the understanding of the human brain, it aims at developing interactions between researchers and the public.
Neuropolis seeks to host several research projects, ranging from Switzerland's EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) Blue Brain Project to the European Union’s Human Brain Project, and including research on chronic diseases. Both Lausanne and Geneva centers seek to attract up to 1,000 research collaborators.
The Blue Brain project consists of attempts to construct a brain to better understand its architecture and functional principles, and in the process create a super computer. The Human Brain project focuses more on simulations of the brain. To improve the understanding of chronic diseases, neurological degeneration, and aging, an Institute of Translational Molecular Imaging will also be created.
A public-private partnership, the project will be funded by the Swiss federal and local governments, and Rolex. It would make the "Lemanic ark" one of the world’s leading poles in neurosciences.
(Photo © Blue Brain Project)
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