The EU Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) and the US National Institute on Aging (NIA) - part of the National Institutes of Health - have announced the creation of a new collaborative initiative to link and support collaborations between researchers working in the field.
In 2017, the NIA and the JPND ran separate calls for proposals to investigate common mechanisms and pathways in neurodegenerative diseases. Now, in this new joint action, researchers supported under the JPND call are invited to team up with researchers supported under the NIA call, and vice versa, to propose joint activities such as common workshops, data exchange and pilot experiments. It is hoped that these activities will add value to the science being undertaken in ongoing projects by accelerating knowledge transfer between research groups.
"Collaboration is the key to progressing our understanding of the biological underpinnings of neurodegenerative disease," said JPND Chair Professor Philippe Amouyel. "These awards will offer NIH and JPND researchers the opportunity to more systematically and efficiently connect and share knowledge, tools and data. They will enhance current investigations into the fundamental mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases while also planting the seeds of future collaboration."