‘Healthy Ageing’ is a primary focus of research, patient care, education & training within the RuG and the UMCG. PCN, as part of Research Institute Brain and Cognition, aims at promoting research, training, and funding opportunities, in line with this strategic overarching directive, narrowing the Healthy Ageing focus to ‘Ageing Brain’.
Within the research program PCN, an ambitious plan that covers a wide range of activities in research and education has been implemented. To increase the coherence within the research group, PCN organizes regular (joint) scientific and managerial meetings, encourages joint grant applications and other activities.
The programme’s overall goals are the following:
- Maintain the high level of research activity.
- Connect our research results directly to excellent clinical care.
- Acquire joint and individual grants.
- Ensure output in terms of conference presentations and manuscripts.
- Maintain high level of visibility in national and international scientific communities.
- Establish and maintain intensive and effective research collaborations. PhD students are encouraged to participate and work on integrative/joint projects, collaborative and integrative grant proposals at the local, national (e.g. ZON-MW, NWO) and international level (e.g. EU).
- Maintain an effective communication strategy through the organization of joint research meetings, seminars where PhD students and invited speakers can present and discuss their work (e.g. modelled after KNO lecture series, the auditory seminar).
- Provide theme-related education: organize a BCN introduction section dedicated to the PCN program, BCN research masters, Topmaster, Medical students and Summer schools.
- Participate in public outreach activities: organize Science Café style talks and contribute to and participate in the event ‘Groningen Night of Arts & Science’; Publications in journals of patient groups.