HealthPAC (Acronym for: Perception and Action in Health and Disease) is our Innovative Doctoral Programme (IDP), granted in 2013 by the EU FP7 Marie Curie programme to a renowned research team of 12 top PIs at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
With the strong growth of the aging population, sensory-motor loss and neurodegenerative disorders will affect an increasing number of Europeans, which will have huge impact on society. HealthPAC is an integrated, international and interdisciplinary network of renowned perception-action (PAC) research labs, clinical departments, and industry. Its mission is to understand the neural mechanisms of sensory-motor control and its disorders, and to utilize this knowledge to enhance the quality of life.
Our network trains ESRs to become excellent PAC-scientists who:
- set up and perform high-quality research in sensory-motor neuroscience
- can translate and apply their knowledge to clinics and rehabilitation centers
- and understand the processes to develop innovative products that improve the quality of life in health and disease.
Students participate in research training programs, tailored to their individual interests, and are brought in intensive contact with European companies and institutes to improve and extend their future career prospects. The PAC team of the Donders Institute is particularly suited to organize this training program. It studies sensory-motor integration in an interdisciplinary setting with unique state-of-the-art methodologies in research labs and clinical departments of eleven established neuroscientists. Moreover, the DI has a dedicated Graduate Program in which ESRs are trained in advanced research and analysis techniques, and acquire an academic and ethical attitude towards applying systems neuroscience.
Associate Partners contribute relevant knowledge from the private sector by teaching HealthPAC students about sensory-motor related product development, legal issues, management and marketing, and offer well-defined research secondments. Students are intensively mentored and prepared for their future careers, either as a PAC-scientist in an academic or clinical setting, or as innovative researcher in the private sector.