LEADERS
Nana Voitenko
Prof. Nana Voitenko is a Head of Department of Sensory Signalling at Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kiev, Ukraine. She graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, USSR; got Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1995 and Habilitation in Physiology in 2004 at Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kiev, Ukraine. Nana is an internationally recognized specialist in the area of the central and peripheral cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for the initiation, maintenance and recovery from persistent pain arising from peripheral inflammation and diabetes development. Her research interests include calcium signalling in sensory neurons, cellular mechanisms of pain processing, and molecular mechanisms of chronic pain. High ranking publications demonstrate the international recognition of scientific research of Voitenko's laboratory by the international community. Since 2017 she is a member of Scientific Committee of the National Council of Ukraine on the Development of Science and Technology headed by Prime-Minister of Ukraine.
Boris Safronov
Boris Safronov is a Principal Investigator, Group Leader of 'Neuronal Networks' at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, Porto, Portugal. He graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, USSR; got Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1989 at Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kiev, Ukraine and Habilitation in Physiology in 2000 at Faculty of Medicine, University of Giessen, Germany. He is an internationally recognised expert in the field of spinal nociceptive processing. The area of his scientific interests extends from imaging of non-labelled neurons in living tissue and anatomical organization of superficial dorsal horn neurons, to understanding the complex interactions in the nociceptive networks within preserved spinal cord and brainstem. Boris Safronov has a number of European and international research cooperations.Prof. Nana Voitenko is a Head of Department of Sensory Signalling at Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kiev, Ukraine. She graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, USSR; got Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1995 and Habilitation in Physiology in 2004 at Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kiev, Ukraine. Nana is an internationally recognized specialist in the area of the central and peripheral cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for the initiation, maintenance and recovery from persistent pain arising from peripheral inflammation and diabetes development. Her research interests include calcium signalling in sensory neurons, cellular mechanisms of pain processing, and molecular mechanisms of chronic pain. High ranking publications demonstrate the international recognition of scientific research of Voitenko's laboratory by the international community. Since 2017 she is a member of Scientific Committee of the National Council of Ukraine on the Development of Science and Technology headed by Prime-Minister of Ukraine.
Dmitri A. Rusakov
Dmitri A. Rusakov is a Professor of Neuroscience and Wellcome Trust Principal Fellow at UCL Institute of Neurology. He graduated from Dnepropetrovsk State University, Ukraine; got Ph.D. in Biophysics/Neurobiology in 1987 at Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kiev, Ukraine. Prof. Rusakov is an international authority on the mechanisms of synaptic transmission, activity-dependent plasticity and astroglia-neuron communication in the brain. His laboratory is at the forefront of developing cutting-edge experimental methods, including high-sensitivity imaging and nanoscopic probing, and theoretical models pertinent to basic and translational neuroscience research. His research is currently supported by major grant awards including ERC Advanced and ERC Proof-of-Concept grants.
Gorazd Weiss
Gorazd WEISS is a Senior expert and Head of the Unit "Research Policy and Development" at the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Austria. His key competencies include research on RTDI policies, sustainable development, RRI and Open Science, social entrepreneurship as well as the coordination and management of international RTDI cooperation projects. Since 2010, Gorazd has conducted dozens of trainings, workshops, info sessions and summer schools on the following topics: successful proposal writing for researchers, responsible research and innovation for different target groups (e.g. policy makers, researchers, Higher Education Institutions, Horizon 2020 National Contact Points, Civil Society Organizations (NGOs) and SMEs). Gorazd has, and continues to be involved in many RTDI projects around the world, from the European Union, Eastern Partnership (EaP) and Western Balkan countries, to Central Asia, Brazil, India, and the Russian Federation. Between 2008 and 2019 he was also involved in the organisation of several scientific events (i.e. workshops, focus groups, international conferences) for researchers and policy makers, on topics such as sustainable development, energy, climate change, migration, and NCP systems, etc.). Between 2005 and 2019 he wasinvolved in more than 30 international RTDI projects funded by European Commission (FP5, FP6, FP7, H2020, EuropeAid, Interreg), other international (e.g. UNESCO, UNIDO) and national funded projects as researcher, senior research project manager, senior expert or Coordinator.
Arthur Konnerth
Arthur Konnerth is a Carl-von-Linde Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Technical University Munich (TUM), Friedrich-Schiedel-Professor (since 2005) of Neuroscience (C4) at the TUM, Brain Prize winner (2015). He graduated from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, München, Germany in 1981; got PhD degree from MPI of Psychiatry Munich, Germany in 1983. Professor Konnerth's research explores the basic processes underlying brain function. By means of electrophysiology, imaging and cell biological approaches, he focuses on synaptic interactions in neuronal circuits in order to achieve a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying learning and memory. A further goal is the elucidation of the neuronal defects associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Georgy Bakalkin
Georgy Bakalkin is a Professor in Molecular Drug Addiction Research in the Division of Biological Research on Drug Dependence, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, BMC, Uppsala University. He graduated from the Moscow State University, Biological Department (Biochemistry), USSR in 1971; got PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1977 at Moscow State University. Prof. Bakalkin is well established and an internationally recognised expert studying molecular mechanisms of alcoholism; his laboratory is also involved in molecular analysis of human brain and neuropeptide research. The focus of his laboratory is on molecular and epigenetic mechanisms underlying plasticity in human brain including adaptations relevant for substance addiction, and on the development of treatment strategies. Identification of biomarkers and new therapeutic targets for the treatment of developmental psychiatric disorders is also in focus. Georgy Bakalkin serves as Principal Investigators on two large national projects supported by major funding Swedish agencies and involving several European laboratories.
CO-LEADERS
Philipp Brugner
Philipp BRUGNER is Project Manager and R&I policy expert at the Centre for Social Innovation GmbH (ZSI) in Vienna, Austria. Since 2013 he has been working in various internal EU-funded projects funded under FP7, Horizon 2020, EuropeAid and Interreg with partners from the EU Member States, the Western Balkan Countries, the Eastern Partnership Countries, Turkey, Ukraine, and Southeast Asia. He is an expert on strategic project communications and the dissemination and exploitation of project-generated results and was/is principally leading the communication and dissemination of projects such as Danube-INCO.NET (FP7), EaP PLUS (H2020), SEA-EU JFS Phase 1 and 2 (H2020) and S4D4C (H2020). Moreover, he has a profound knowledge about Smart Specialisation Strategies as part of national STI policies. Regarding trainings, he is experienced in presenting the Horizon 2020 programme (for the International Cooperation Service Facility of the EC in H2020) and was involved in several proposal-writing workshops targeting applicants from EU third countries for Horizon 2020 funding. In an honorary capacity, Philipp is a Young European Ambassador for the Eastern Partnership countries under the „EU NEIGHBOURS east" project and a member of the youth board of the Policy Crossover Center (PCC): Vienna - Europe, an Austrian think tank on EU affairs. He occasionally writes on EU topics for print and online media (Der Standard, Die Presse, Wiener Zeitung, EURACTIV).
Pavel Belan
Prof. Pavel Belan is a Head of Department of Molecular Biophysics at Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kiev, Ukraine. He graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, USSR; got Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1991 and Habilitation in Physiology in 2005 at Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, Kiev, Ukraine. Research in Prof. Belan's laboratory is focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie modulation of synaptic transmission, Ca2+ signalling and neuronal excitability. He mainly uses optical (fluorescent imaging, confocal microscopy, FRET) and conventional electrophysiological methods (dual patch clamp, perforated patch clamp, local iontophoresis) as well as new original statistical approaches in those studies. Prof. Belan's laboratory has contributed to better understanding of how altered AMPAR trafficking in the dorsal horn neurons participates in the maintenance of persistent pain. He has also deeply focused on how alterations in functioning of T-type Ca2+ channels, specific for different types of diabetic neuropathy, may underlie the variety of pain syndromes induced by diabetes.