Signal and imaging biomarkers of cognitive status  

Call for applications – Signal and imaging biomarkers of cognitive status 

COST ACTION CONNECT (Cognitive decline in neuro-nephrology) CA19127 

Application deadline
July 12th, 2023

Professionals, researchers and students are invited to join CONNECT Training School entitled “Signal and imaging biomarkers of cognitive status” which will be held in presence format in the campus of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal on 1-2 September 2023.  

This Training School has the aim to contribute towards an interdisciplinary network to study cognitive impairment in kidney disease. This problem, quite new in the field of medicine, must be faced from various aspects involving experts from areas such as neurology, nephrology, physiology, psychology and biomedical engineering. 

The aim is to deepen the knowledge about methods that allow for collection and interpretation of biomarkers derived from electrophysiology and functional brain imaging which are potentially useful to assess cognitive status, and to frame these in the wider context of cognitive assessment in a clinical setting. 

Output(s): Trainees will learn the basic procedures for the measurement of biomarkers derived from electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging and will become aware of how they complement or extend traditional biomarkers and assessment tools. The TS will include a full day devoted to hands-on sessions on EEG acquisition and processing as well as fMRI processing.   

Program and more details: here 

10 grants are available and will be applied to trainees per COST Action participating Country.  

Rules for Training schools and reimbursements are available in the Annotated COST Rules. Please read also the FAQ section

Selection criteria 

  1. PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, Early Career Researchers, or investigators employed by, or affiliated to, an institution, organization or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research in the field of neuroscience or kidney physiology. 
  2. English speaker  

How to apply
Applicants should send an e-mail to TS Coordinator Prof. Alexandre Andrade and enclose: 

  • A brief motivation letter 
  • CV 

Additional information
Language: English / Number of participants: 10 reimbursed/No registration fee/ Trainees can be reimbursed for their long-distance travel expenses in line with the COST eligibility rules. The reimbursement (Daily Allowance) covers the incurred accommodation, meals, and local travel expenses. 

Trainees eligible for reimbursement: • Trainees from COST Full Members / COST Cooperating Member participating in the Action. COST Policy and Rules, in particular the Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy will be considered when selecting the participants. 

Details regarding the venue and suggestions for accommodation will be provided to the selected applicants upon confirmation of participation in the course.  

This Training School is organized by COST Action CA19127 CONNECT (, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). Funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Program of the European Union. COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation. 

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