How the brain decides what to eat
Carlos Ribeiro followed Drosophila foraging habits for several weeks and found that fruit flies choose between different food sources according to their nutritional requirements, gender and mating status. Having a balanced diet is a vital concern to all living organisms, not only humans. Animals choose between different food sources according to their nutritional needs.
Zach Mainen awarded an 2,3 million euro ERC grant
Zachary Mainen, coordinator of the Champalimaud Foundation Neuroscience Programme, has become one of the most recent winners of the prestigious and highly competitive European Research Council grants, to the value of 2.3 million euro, for a period of five years. This grant, which recognises Mainen’s contribution to the Neuroscience field, will be used to elucidate the biological role of the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Rui Costa gets an ERC Starting Grant
From the NIH to the Champalimaud Foundation, Rui Costa comes back to Portugal. CF Scientist Rui Costa, Awarded Prestigious European Starting Grant. From intent to habit: 1.6 million euro for neuroscience research.
Launching of the Centre for the Unknown
October 5th 2008 marked an historic occasion not only for the nation of Portugal but also for the Champalimaud Foundation.
When completed in 2010, the Centre for the Unknown will be the most grandiose and expensive life-sciences research project the country has even seen.
How rodents make decisions
In a paper published in Nature, the Coordinator of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Zachary Mainen, has revealed surprising findings on how rodents make decisions. “Primate used to be the only game in town,” says Zachary Mainen, now at the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme in Lisbon, Portugal, “Now we are starting to appear as a small force in cognition meetings.”