An international team led by Professor Daniel Huber from the Department of Basic Neurosciences at the University of Geneva Medical Faculty has been awarded with a prestigious research grant of the Human Frontier Science Program. Together with Dr. Jinhyun Kim from the Center for Functional Connectomics in Seoul and Dr. Fabien Pifferi from the French National Museum of Natural History in Paris, he will investigate how the neuronal circuits of the cerebral cortex of the brain compare across species. By combining state of the art microscopy, behavioral essays and anatomical studies and will potentially provide novel insights into the evolutionary origins of the human brain.
The Human Frontier Science Program promotes intercontinental collaborations in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary and high-risk research focused on the life sciences. This program is supported by 15 countries, including Switzerland, as well as the European Union. The applicants go through a year-long, highly competitive selection procedure. This year, less than 3 percent of the initial 871 applications were successful.
The full lists of this year’s awards are available at http://www.hfsp.org/awardees/newly-awarded