Connecting European Neuroscience

Bordeaux Neurocampus and Champalimaud Foundation

The CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme is a FENS and IBRO initiative in partnership with Bordeaux Neurocampus and the Champalimaud Foundation, which offers state-of-the-art hands-on training courses in neuroscience.


Bordeaux Neurocampus Federation was founded by the University Bordeaux Segalen to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and research between the various neuroscience laboratories on the campus. Bordeaux Neurocampus coordinates the wide cross-disciplinary expertise and facilities and its clinical neuroscience partners in the hos- pital, and is engaged in developing ambitious training programs and conference series for the local and world- wide neuroscience research community. 

Neuroscience research in Bordeaux has become over the last 10 years one of the most productive and attractive community across France and Europe, with 46 research groups organized in institutes and research units affiliated to the CNRS, the INSERM and the INRA.

Bordeaux Neuroscience laboratories are particularly successful in fields such as synapses, addiction, cognition and memory, Alzheimer's disease, movement physiology and disorders, neuro-imaging, neuroinflammation, neurophotonics, nutrition and the brain.



The mission of the Champalimaud Foundation is to develop programmes of advanced biomedical research and provide clinical care of excellence, with a focus on translating pioneering scientific discoveries into solutions which can improve the quality of life of individuals around the world.

On October 5th 2010 the Champalimaud Foundation inaugurated a state-of-the-art research facility to contribute to its objective of developing biomedical research activities in Portugal. 

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown covers an area of 60,000m2 facing the River Tejo and comprises three large areas. The main building houses the Champalimaud Clinical Centre’s diagnostic and treatment facilities, an indoor garden, research laboratories and administrative services, all interlinked to promote discussion and collaboration between scientists, clinicians and other professionals. The tropical pergola-covered garden is at the heart of this structure.

Tne Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is a state-of-the-art facility for science, medicine, technology and public use.