About the UK-Korea Neuroscience Consortium

What is the UK/Korea Neuroscience Research Programme?

The UK-Korea Neuroscience Research Programme promotes collaboration between neuroscience research communities in the UK and Korea. The programme has core UK-Korea presences at several institutes within the UK (Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Oxford) and Korea  (Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Korea Brain Research Institute (KBRI), Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Seoul National University). Based on sponsorship from the Medical Research Council (MRC), the UK department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) and Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOWH), UK-Korea Neuroscience aims to facilitate the exchange of research status, technologies and ideas, primarily through annual Neuroscience conferences. The results of our collaborative research efforts are disseminated widely within UK and Korean public domains.

History of the Programme

Since the first Korea-UK Neuroscience Symposium in 2005, the two countries have built and demonstrated many strong collaborative ties. In particular, the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skill (BIS) and the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) signed the Memorandum of Understanding in alliance of Neuroscience. This secured a long-term, broad programme for the UK-Korea Neuroscience collaboration. Furthermore, the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) have become official funding agents for the UK-Korea Neuroscience collaboration and beyond. This has provided a new platform for our UK-Korea collaboration, ‘UKorea’.

Over the last ten years UK-Korea Neuroscience Symposia have played key roles in promoting collaboration and scientific value in the field of neuroscience. UKorea will continue this vital role in bridging between UK and Korean Neuroscience and Medical Research. It is our mission in the next ten years to build on these foundations and ensure that this UK-Korea partnership plays a central role in seeding the next generation of basic and medical research. UKorea will facilitate interactions and communication among scientists, clinicians and healthcare industries via UK-Korea Neuroscience Symposia. Beyond the research community, UKorea will also engage with the public for the promotion of education and to deliver the understanding and importance of basic science and translational research. Through these approaches, UKorea will develop and innovate collaborative outcomes aimed at achieving health benefits for an ageing society.

Purpose of the Programme

The primary objectives of the UK-Korea collaborative Programme are to develop our understanding of basic neurobiology and to promote integrated R&D towards therapeutic targets for brain diseases.

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John O’Keefe (Co-Founder, London, UK)

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Kei Cho (Co-Founder, Bristol, UK)