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The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging has been designated to receive a grant of almost 8 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging has been designated to receive a grant of almost 8 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The institute will use the grant to purchase advanced equipment for multidisciplinary neuroscientific research, including 3T and 7T fMRI scanners.

A joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences (NIN-KNAW), the Academic Medical Center (UvA-AMC), VU University Amsterdam and the VU Medical Center, the Spinoza Centre represents a unique partnership, anchored in the idea that its members can achieve greater gains in long-term quality through collaboration than through competition. In addition to its position as a centre for innovative fundamental research, the institute also aims to provide a place where science-based biotech companies can connect with leading researchers

From molecule to man

Amsterdam is home to highly advanced brain research, the scope of which goes beyond similar research in other cities and thus covers the broadest possible spectrum - from molecule to man. Development of a shared research infrastructure will help to secure Amsterdam's position at the international frontline of neuroscientific research.

The Spinoza Centre's first 3T fMRI scanner will be put into operation on Thursday, 30 September, and the occasion commemorated with a opening symposium hosted by the UvA.