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The Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme aims to unravel the neural basis of behaviour.

Through evolution, the process of life has organized matter into a myriad of interlinked forms, from molecules to ecosystems. Neuroscience attempts to understand the behavior of individual organisms within this web in terms of the structure and function of their nervous systems.

A major current challenge in neuroscience is to understand how properly functioning neural circuits support intelligent, adaptive behavior and how the dysfunction of these circuits can be prevented. Based on work over the last century, this appears to be a problem ripe for progress but which may demand a paradigm shift in current thinking and approaches. 

The Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme (CNP) seeks to facilitate the quest of scientists to forge new links between nervous system function and behavior. The scientific goals are represented not by a particular field within neuroscience, but by the full intellectual scope of the scientists of the programme.