Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute researchers awarded international collaborative grant

Three researchers from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute have been successful in the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Staff Exchange grant program. The researchers have been awarded €891,000 (~$1.3M AUD) to fund a four-year collaboration between Monash University, laboratories across the European Union and the United States, and industry partner Carl Zeiss.

Neuroscience Program members from Monash Dr Adam Morris, Dr Kostas Hadjidimitrikakis, and Professor Marcello Rosa, will work with the international partnership to understand the neural basis of vision and the mechanisms that allow behaviour to adapt to changing sensory environments. This research will build on recent work by Drs Morris and Hadjidimitrikakis.

Partner organisations in this grant include: the University of Münster, Philipps-Universitat Marburg, and the Zeiss Vision Lab at the University of Tübingen in Germany; the University of Bologna in Italy; the University of Western Sydney in Australia; and, Boston University in the United States. The Research and Innovation Staff Exchange grant will provide funds for world-leading senior researchers and early-career researchers from these organisations to join the Monash team for stays of up to 12 months. The Monash researchers will also participate in the exchange program through short stays in the European-based labs.