MoViR NENS Cluster 

The MoViR NENS Cluster will be formed to design a virtual practical training on neuroanatomical tracing and electrophysiology. It will mainly be used to define the different stages of the practical work to be created in virtual reality, the feasibility (technical level and interface with humans) and utility.

Cluster Partners:

The MoVir consortium comprises 3 partner institutions in collaboration with 2 SMEs.

a. The Bordeaux Neurocampus Department manages training programs in Neuroscience at the master and PhD levels at the University of Bordeaux. The EMN-Online master is an e-learning program that is already developing, in collaboration with Practeex (a start-up in Bordeaux), a stress/anxiety behavioural practical training to be played on a computer, coded with the Unity language.

b. The Universitat Jaume I Master’s Degree in Brain and Behaviour Research trains researchers in behavioural neuroscience. The program allows the theoretical and methodological grounds of this discipline to be acquired, along with the competences needed to undertake basic and clinical research. An essential part of training is carried out in the laboratory.

c. The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology is to excel in basic scientific research. It is associated to the Warsaw PhD School in Natural and BioMedical Sciences that offers interdisciplinary education in 4 scientific disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, medicine. Their role in the cluster will be to bring in their expertise in computational neuroscience. They will be supported by Elmiko, a company specialized in designing and developing medical electronics and IT solutions.

The training in VR will initiate master and (early) PhD students to experimental approach. VR will rely on the particularities and assets of this experimental approach, e.g. active learning, trial and error learning, student autonomy, in learning processes. This training will be achieved without having to deal with ethical constraints with regards to animal experimentation. The cluster will serve to eventually develop virtual practical training that could be delivered as an e-learning resource on the Moodle platform of the EMN-online master and other graduate programs.

This cluster is funded by the FENS Committee of Higher Education and Training (CHET).