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"Cross Disciplinary Program" (CDP) Project

From Neurons to Social Cognition in Grenoble: Understanding Brain & Mind with an interdisciplinary perspective

The NeuroCoG project aims at understanding the biological, neurophysiological and functional bases of behavioral and cognitive processes in normal and pathological conditions, from cells to networks and from individual to social cognition. NeuroCoG is based on a wide-spectrum interdisciplinary approach (e.g. fundamental and cognitive neuroscience, chemistry, physics, cognitive and social psychology, education, language sciences, computer sciences, applied mathematics, engineering, as well as clinical specialties such as neurology and psychiatry).
 NeuroCoG Univ. Grenoble Alpes

The challenges

The links between neurobiological processes, computations within neural networks, and the emergence of individual and collective cognitive mechanisms stay largely misunderstood. They provide the major scientific objective of NeuroCoG, with important potential clinical developments considering the numerous neurological and cognitive pathologies, but also in the industrial domain, to develop technologies adapted to human users.


No decisive progress can be achieved in this area without an ambitious interdisciplinary approach. The interdisciplinary ambition of NeuroCoG is particularly strong, bringing together the best scientists, engineers and clinicians at the crossroads of experimental and life sciences, human and social sciences and information and communication sciences, to answer major questions on the functioning of brain and cognition.

The scientific questions addressed by Neurocog require strong collaboration between various disciplines. We do not expect a simple juxtaposition of several disciplines, but a real complementary and transforming multidisciplinary work that will modify our vision of research in neurocognition. As a next step, we aim at bringing together all local forces within a future Grenoble Institute for Brain & Cognition.

International visibility

NeuroCoG is based on existing and recognized networks at local, national and international levels such as the FHU NeuroPsynov, the International excellence network on neurodegenerative disorders (GREEN), the Pole Grenoble Cognition and Health and Society Research Alliance. Neurocog will develop scientific collaborations with the University of Lausanne and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and improve international visibility of neurosciences and cognition within UGA.

NeuroCoG project is oriented in a perspective of continuous development. Our long-term objective is the creation of the Grenoble Institute for Brain & Cognition. Such an Institute would integrate several disciplines at the UGA within acknowledged high-level teams and research laboratories, as well as techniques and equipment already available in Grenoble, including brain neuroimaging, in vivo platforms for cognitive experiments, and in situ programs for social evaluation.

Updated on July 2, 2018

Porteurs du projet

  • Frédéric Saudou
  • Monica Baciu

  • Elena Moro
  • Jean-Luc Schwartz
  • Marylin Vantard
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