The University of Nicosia Medical School has joined the Human Brain Project (HBP), one of the largest EU-funded initiatives.
A total of 32 organisations from 13 countries will join the partnership.
The HBP began in October 2013 with the aim of creating the world’s largest experimental facility for ground-breaking research into the structure and functions of the human brain; the causes, diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases; and the development of new computing technologies such as low energy, brain-like computing systems. This research has the potential to dramatically improve quality of life for millions of Europeans and to boost Europe’s role in this key scientific field. The HBP budget of €1 billion is to be funded by the EU, Member States and other sources.
The new partners will carry out specific research tasks, collecting data, developing theoretical frameworks and performing the technical development work necessary for the future development of the HBP.
“The brain is a fascinating thing. Digital tools enable us to make huge progress in understanding the brain, but also to learn from it: from better treatment of brain diseases, to building the next generation of supercomputers. I am delighted that we are putting our heads together with more partners – the more brain cells working in this area the better,” commented Vice-President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes.
The Human Brain Project is part of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships announced by the European Commission in January 2013. The goal of the FET Flagships programme is to encourage visionary research with the potential to deliver breakthroughs and major benefits for European society and industry. FET Flagships are highly ambitious initiatives involving close collaboration with national and regional funding agencies, industry and partners from outside the European Union.
The University of Nicosia Medical School is represented by Dr Avgis Hadjipapas, Associate Professor for Neuroscience and Research Methods. His main research focus is on the relationship of aggregate macroscopic signals that can be measured noninvasively in man (Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Electroencephalography (EEG)) to collective behaviour and dynamics occurring in the underlying neuronal network.