Schematic depiction of hydrophobic gating in nanopores.

Schematic depiction of hydrophobic gating in nanopores.

NAMASEN, Marie-Curie-Training Network

Neuroelectronics and Nanotechnology: towards a Multidisciplinary Approach for the Science and Engineering of Neuronal Networks

Projektname: NAMASEN
Neuroelectronics and Nanotechnology: towards a Multidisciplinary Approach for the Science and Engineering of Neuronal Networks
Projektleiter: Dr. Martin Stelzle
Geldgeber: EU
Projektträger: EU
FKZ: 264872
Laufzeit von: 01.10.2011
Laufzeit bis: 30.09.2015

Marie-Curie training network on Neuroelectronics, aiming at technological developments (novel multi-electrode arrays, advanced interfaces) and scientific research (study of neuro-electronic hybrid devices capable of functional and anatomical reconfiguration).


We identify Neuroelectronics as a novel mature discipline, at the boundaries between neurobiology, electrophysiology, computational neurosciences, microelectronics, material sciences, and nanotechnologies. In the proposed Marie-Curie consortium, each of these components, as well as the specific application contexts (i.e. basic research, neuroprosthetics, and pharmaceutical applications), are represented and combined in a concerted effort, towards the
training of a new generation of researchers and professionals. We target both technological priorities, such as the development of novel multi-electrode arrays and advanced interfaces that functionally interact with neurons and networks; and scientific priorities, considering and studying neuro-electronic hybrids as devices able to undergo a functional and anatomical reconfiguration, on the basis of the activity-dependent plasticity and rewiring properties of
neurons, under some control of the experimenter. Our ultimate aim is to lay the foundation of a virtual institute for the multi-disciplinary study of neuroengineering and network-neurosciences that will train a new generation of scientists and professionals and that will contribute to Europes leading role in scientific innovation. We strongly believe in the unique training potential of our consortium: neuroelectronics to analyze and synthesize neuronal networks, using artificial devices able to co-operate with neurons, thereby crossing the barriers between artificial devices and neurons. Knocking down the barriers between natural and artificial is, in the words of Edoardo Boncinelli (founding figure in developmental biology and 2005 EMBO Awardee for
Communication in the Life Sciences), "a fantastic crossing between biological evolution and cultural evolution, a shortcut between culture and nature".


  • Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet Freiburg
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
  • Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas
  • Instytut Biologii Dowiadczalnej im. M. Nenckiego Polskiej Akademii Nauk
  • Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum Vzw
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V.
  • Second Sight Medical Products
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • University of Antwerpen
  • University of Sheffield