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Nijmegen Cognomics officially launched
On September 12, 2012, the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics launched their new initiative, which seeks to bridge the gap between the genes that we inherit and the way our minds work.
September 13, 2012
Cognition Genomics, or Cognomics, is an innovative new research field which traces the connections between genes, brains and cognition, in ways that have never before been possible. The Nijmegen Cognomics Initiative brings together leading scientists from a range of disciplines to understand how variations in the human genome affect brain structure and function, to impact on memory, language, social behaviour and other crucial aspects of cognition. This work promises to reveal how and why genetic variation can influence these important human traits in health and disease.
Deciphering our genome
"With Cognomics we couple the advent of personalised genomics to the state-of-the-art in brain imaging, and to other cutting-edge techniques of modern neuroscience, in studies that include thousands of people," says Simon Fisher, director of the MPI for Psycholinguistics and one of the initiators of the Cognomics programme. "The ambition is to go beyond simply reading our genome, to eventually decipher what it means for neurons, for the brain and for human cognition and behaviour; how the different words and phrases of the book that is our genome translate into a thinking, remembering, talking, feeling person."
At the official opening event the audience were treated to an outstanding keynote lecture from international bestselling science author Dr. Matt Ridley. "When it comes to communicating the complexities of human biology in an accessible and inspirational way, with all the shades of grey intact, there are few who can match Matt Ridley," says Fisher "His lecture was a very fitting launch for the Cognomics Initiative."
For more information please see the Cognomics website.