Transatlantic Collaboration in Neuroscience: A special event

28 November 2014

On the 18th of November, 2014, the residence of the ambassador of The Netherlands in Washington DC was filled with entrepreneurs, engineers, and scientists from The Netherlands and the United States of America.

Scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs

Advancing our understanding of how the brain works, the relationship between brain and behavior, the genetic basis of brain disorders, and the effect of food and drugs on brain functioning requires a concerted effort of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

Researchers increasingly work in interdisciplinary teams to tackle scientific challenges, and engineers are indispensable for the development of novel scientific instruments that move the boundaries of measurement and analysis. Entrepreneurs translate scientific results and technical prototypes into commercial products, for widespread use by researchers and clinicians. However, the grand challenges of brain research exceed the capabilities of a single country. Therefore scientists and entrepreneurs must join forces across geographical boundaries. Governmental agencies and professional societies should create the appropriate policies, programs and instruments to facilitate these international ambitions.

Looking back on an inspiring evening

During the event on the 18th of this month, executives of leading US and Dutch scientific bodies and four promising young scientists and innovative start-up entrepreneurs shared their experiences in international collaboration in research and product development. Dr. Tom Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, Dr. Arjen Brussaard, Director of Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam, and Dr. Amber Story, Deputy Division Director for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, National Science Foundation started the evening with inspiring presentations.

Dr. Amber Story - Transatlantic Collaboration in Neuroscience

Dr. Michel van den Oever, VU University Amsterdam, Dr. Lex Kravitz, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, Dr. Maarten Loos, Synaptologics BV, and Dr. Kunal Gosh, Inscopix Inc. stepped in with pitches, pinpointing opportunities and challenges in international collaboration, making this evening into a true transatlantic event.

Dr. Kunal Gosh - Transatlantic Collaboration in Neuroscience

A panel of representatives from U.S. and Dutch neuroscience societies and public-private networks, Dr. Tom Insel, Dr. Amber Story, Dr. Arjen Brussaard, and Dr. Guus Smit, president of the Dutch Neurofederatie, discussed opportunities and success factors for transatlantic partnering. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Lucas Noldus. Participants received information about current US and Dutch funding programs for international collaboration in science, education, and innovation.

Dr. Guus Smit and Dr. Lucas Noldus - Transatlantic Collaboration in Neuroscience

The event was co-organized by the Dutch NeuroFederatie (, the foundation “ICT for Brain, Body & Behavior” (i3B Foundation, and the Netherlands Office for Science and Technology. The event was hosted by the Ambassador of the Netherlands, Mr. Rudolf Bekink.

About Noldus

We have been making professional tools and instruments for behavioral research for more than 25 years. These products enable the collection, integration, analysis, management, and presentation of behavioral and other data. Our product range for neuroscience research includes EthoVision XT video tracking, The Observer XT behavior annotation, CatWalk XT footprint and gait analysis, ErasmusLadder cerebellar phenotyping, PhenoTyper home cage testing, DanioScope zebrafish embryo and larvae measurements, and DanioVision zebrafish larvae activity monitoring. Our latest new addition is UltraVox XT for ultrasonic vocalization recording and analysis.

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