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CORTEX Project

What is CORTEX?

How the cortex is dynamically assembled, its architecture, the computations it supports and finally its capacities for perception, action, emotion and communication are part of a highly integrated process. Hence creating a coherent research program that integrates the communities pursuing cortex development, physiology and anatomy, cognitive science, medicine and social sciences is a primary ambition of CORTEX. We are also developping stemcell biotechnology to develop transgenic animals and to explore regenerative medical approaches. One convergence in CORTEX is the implementation of invasive approaches in animal models and their parallel in humans. This provides a unique level of insight into the cellular mechanisms underlying cognitive brain disorders, recovery and repair. A second strong convergence is the integration of clinical and fundamental research. Extensive expertise in signal analysis, brain imaging, human electrophysiology and behavior has allowed CORTEX teams to make important contributions to understanding pain, motor and sensory-motor deficits, epilepsy, cognitive deficits, autism, Parkinson’s disease and cortical reorganization following injury.

PIA, LabEx and IDEX

The Programme Investissement d’Avenir (PIA) was launched in 2010 by the French government in order to foster competitiveness and innovation among universities and research institutions. The Laboratoire d'Excellence (LabEx) and Initiative d'Excellence (IdEx) are part of the PIA and are obtained through competitive calls. 
The objective of a LabEx is to provide research teams with significant resources to compete on the international stage, to attract outstanding researchers and to build an integrated policy for high-level research, training and valorisation.

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