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EU Project: BRAINVIEW (2015- 2019)

The BRAINVIEW project is a multidisciplinary European training network, funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 framework. Its overarching aim is to investigate the disruptions of brain development in early life leading to autism and ADHD and to teach young researchers on these topics.

The network provides a versatile environment with partners from academia, companies, and patient organisations. BRAINVIEW aims to produce new knowledge, methods and technologies to support efforts to understand, prevent, diagnose and treat disorders as autism and ADHD. These disorders are thought to result from the disruption of normal brain development during the prenatal and early postnatal period.

The investigations will facilitate the development of new approaches for early detection, diagnosis and treatment. Recent advances in technology, infrastructure and analytic tools create a fertile environment to support optimal data acquisition from fetus and young infants with non-invasive neuroimaging techniques. To keep a strong focus, the BRAINVIEW project primarily targets the mechanisms involved in the early onset of autism, and examine the links between developing symptoms of autism and of ADHD.

BRAINVIEW will help to understand the underpinnings of the early social brain by investigating the role of genetic and environmental risk factors for neurodevelopmental disorders, and to develop new tools and applications to decode facial emotional expressions.

The project will also help to facilitate European research on early onset neurodevelopmental disorders and to create a long-lasting European network of excellence. It will educate professionals and the public about early onset neurodevelopmental disorders to combat stigmatization, raise public awareness, and to promote a healthy life style by instigating an open dialogue with policy makers on programmes for prevention and early identification of neurodevelopmental disorders across Europe.

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About Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly 80 billion euros of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.