The Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET)
FENS aims to actively support continued higher education and training in neuroscience for European and international early career scientists.
CHET is responsible for the governance and implementation of training and education activities. The mission of CHET falls within the following areas:
- coordinating a programme of high-level neuroscience Schools
- investing in hands-on training in neuroscience through the support of the Cajal Training programme
- supporting national level training courses within NENS
- sponsoring student exchange programmes within Europe, with international partner organisations
- expanding the reach and impact of neuroscience training through the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS)
- increasing the development of and member access to online training materials in neuroscience
Karen Doyle, Ireland
Karen Doyle is Associate Professor in Physiology and Principal Investigator. Her research involves studying the causes of neurovascular stress and investigating novel strategies to protect brain tissue from damage due to stroke. Dr Doyle’s group is investigating the characteristics of human blood clots that cause occlusive strokes to inform medical device design and the discovery of novel biomarkers to advance stroke diagnosis and treatment. Dr Doyle is also investigating the pathophysiology of stroke in the brain and the effect of reperfusion strategy on the survival of brain tissue.
Dr Doyle is President of Neuroscience Ireland (2021 – present), is the founder and original director of Galway Neuroscience Centre (2004 – 2009), and was Vice Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, NUI Galway (2011–2015). Dr Doyle is a previous recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence in NUI Galway (2015) and the winner of a National Teaching Experts Award (2015), National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (in Ireland).
Patricia Gaspar, France
Chair CHET Committee
Patricia Gaspar is an Emeritus researcher of INSERM (Institut pour la Santé et la Recherche Médicale), working at the Paris Brain Institute. She trained as an MD in neurology and neuropathology (1983), and obtained a PhD in neuropharmacology from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris (1985). She obtained a full-time research position at the INSERM as group leader and then laboratory director at the Salpêtrière Hospital. She co-headed the Institut du Fer à Moulin (2007-2012) and directed the Ecole des Neurosciences de Paris (2010-14). The main aim of her research has been to better our understanding of the developmental basis of neuropsychiatric disorders. She has largely focused on the developmental role of serotonin (5-HT). Among the current research themes in the laboratory are projects aimed to identify mechanisms the role of 5-HT in parental behavior and early life stress.
She had the opportunity to work 2 years abroad: as MD in Tunisia, (Center of Neurology of Tunis :1979-1980) and as a visiting professor in the US (Jon Kaas laboratory, University of Vanderbilt: 1990-91). Throughout her career, she been involved in a number of general interest tasks for evaluation of research in France and abroad.
Domna Karagogeos, Greece
Domna Karagogeos is a Professor of Molecular Biology-Developmental Neurobiology at the University of Crete Medical School (GR) and group leader at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB). She holds a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard University. Before establishing her own group in Crete, she has done postdoctoral research on axon guidance in the Center of Neurobiology and Behavior and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University (US). Her research involves the elucidation of cellular and molecular
signals involved in neuronal migrations, especially in cortical interneurons and the interactions between axons and myelin, especially as it pertains to de- and remyelination and the role of glial cells. She uses mouse genetics, advanced imaging, primary cultures and functional assays. She has been involved in teaching developmental neurobiology in many national and international graduate programs. She has been a CHET member and past CHET chair and has participated in establishing training best practices for Neuroscience students in Europe.
Áine Kelly, Ireland
Áine Kelly is Professor in Physiology and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Science Education in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She holds a first class honours degree in Physiology and PhD in Neuroscience from Trinity College Dublin. Her research expertise lies at the interface between exercise physiology and neuroscience. She is interested in understanding how regular physical activity can protect brain function throughout the lifespan. A growing literature suggests that physical activity promotes an anti-inflammatory environment in the brain; this is of relevance to the study of ageing as both normal ageing and age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease share the common feature of chronic inflammation. Present projects in her laboratory focus on activity of glial cells in the brain in response to age, sedentary behaviour and regular exercise. She is President of Neuroscience Ireland, Ireland’s national neuroscience society and has a particular interest in public engagement with neuroscience as well as online learning.
Micaela Morelli, Italy
Micaela Morelli is full Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Cagliari, where she is vice Rector for Research. She studied Biology at the University of Cagliari and was Research Associated at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Arizona, Tucson in 1981-82 and 1986. She was president of the Italian Society for Neuroscience from 2018-2020. Her research to date has primarily addressed the mechanism of action of drugs affecting dopamine and adenosine transmission and their interaction in models of Parkinson’s disease. She has long standing experience in behavioral evaluation of motor dysfunctions and in markers of basal ganglia function and dysfunction. The biochemical techniques utilized, range from immunohistochemical evaluation of enzyme, proteins etc. (tyrosine hydroxylase, DAT, GFAP, CD11b, Fos) and in situ hybridization evaluation of mRNA for early-genes, peptides, enzymes (zif-268, dynorphin, enkephalin, GAD67). The main scientific accomplishments have been the identification of adenosine A2A receptor antagonists ability to counteract motor and biochemical deficits in basal ganglia of Parkinson’s disease models and to evidence their neuroprotective effects. More recent findings have shown that amphetamine-like drugs as MDMA (ecstasy) produce neuroinflammation and dopamine neuron degeneration. She is authors of more than 200 publications having more than 8.400 total citations.
Dirk Schubert, Netherlands
Dirk Schubert is an Assistant Professor and principal lecturer, leading his research group for “Cellular Neurophysiology” in the Cognitive Neuroscience Department at the RadboudUMC in Nijmegen (Netherlands) since 2013. After obtaining his PhD in Biology at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf (Germany), doing a postdoc at the C&O Voigt Institute for Brain Research in Düsseldorf and being a guest researcher at the University of Szeged (Hungary), he joined the RadboudUMC in 2006.
His current research group focuses on understanding neuronal network formation and maturation in health and disease (ASD, schizophrenia and epilepsy), with a particular focus on the neuronal circuitries maintaining excitatory/inhibitory balance in rodent ex vivo models as well as human IPSC derived neuronal networks (“human neurological disorders in a dish”).
As principal lecturer, he coordinates and teaches courses across faculties at the RadboudUMC (Medicine and Biomedical Science curriculum) and the Radboud University (Biology and Molecular Life Sciences curriculum) at bachelor’s and master’s levels. Besides being representative of the RadboudUMC Biomedical Science Master specialisation in Medical Neuroscience at NENS, he is strongly involved in various teaching management teams that shape the general bachelor and master curricula at the RadboudUMC.
Ana-Maria Zăgrean, Romania
Ana-Maria Zagrean MD, PhD is a Professor in Physiology and Neuroscience at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest. She graduated from medical school (1995) and got a PhD in Medical Sciences, Neurology (2003). She had a doctoral fellowship at Clinical Neuroscience Department, Karolinska Institute (2000–2001), and she was a Junior Fellow of The Physiological Society, UK (2005-2007), and Honorary Research Fellow (2006-2008) at Medical Sciences Division, Birmingham University. She investigates the mechanisms regulating the brain responses to hypoxia/ischemia and altered states of excitability in the immature/mature brain, in vivo (cerebral ischemia, perinatal asphyxia, experimental epilepsy) and in vitro (oxygen-glucose deprivation), using genetic/epigenetic, biochemical, electrophysiological and behavioral approaches, and, more recently, the effects of metabolic and environmental stressors on neurodevelopment and brain recovery. As a founding member and secretary of the National Neuroscience Society of Romania (SNN) since 2001, Ana-Maria Zagrean was engaged in all scientific and outreach events of this society. In 2012 she contributed to the FENS History Project “Historiography of Neurosciences in Eastern Europe, Romania, 1870-1970”. As a recognition of her neuroscience advocacy activity, she was invited to serve as an EDAB Term member since 2006. From 2017, Ana-Maria Zagrean serves as an IBRO-PERC member.