Neural mechanisms of (mal)adaptive approach and avoidance behaviour

Research Training Group - RTG 2660

The DFG is funding the research training group “Neural mechanisms of (mal)adaptive approach and avoidance behaviour” (RTG 2660, spokesperson Matthias Gamer), starting in fall of 2021 and running for an initial 4 years. From the perspectives of psychology, psychiatry and neurobiology, an interdisciplinary group of young researchers aim to acquire a better understanding of a wide range of animal and human behaviour. For example, they are looking at the neural mechanisms underlying the switch from avoidance to approach or the role of social factors in modulating approach and avoidance behaviour in humans and mice. The RTG team consists of well-established leaders in the field and dynamic newcomers thus combining scientific and supervision expertise with innovative new approaches. From the start, PhD students are actively involved in steering their scientific track, e.g., by choosing their own project rather than being assigned to one. While there will be a focus on scientific skills and excellence, PhD students will also receive a broad education on research methods and important soft skills. The RTG’s comprehensive educational programme will lay the foundation for a new generation of scientists with both state-of-the-art research skills in a specific area and broad insights into approaches and methods used in the larger research field. Based on this combination of interdisciplinary experience and excellent research skills in a particular field, PhD students are enabled to translate basic molecular, cellular and circuit mechanisms to human conditions and clinical applications. This comprehensive qualification will provide an excellent basis for a future career in innovative and competitive academic institutions or non-academic fields.