„Neuroscience is by far the most exciting branch of science because the brain is the most fascinating object in the universe. “ - Stanley B. Prusiner
The mission of the MCTN is to establish an iterative cycle of translating discoveries in neurosciences into clinical application and refine diagnostic and therapeutic concepts based on patient data.
To this aim the MCTN closely interacts with scientists from other Scientific Centers on Campus, such as the European Center for Angioscience (ECAS) to promote Neurovascular Research, the Mannheim Cancer Center (MCC) to promote Neurooncology Research, the Mannheim Institute for Intelligent Systems in Medicine (MIISM) to promote the development of data science and device development in Neurosciences as well as the Prevention Center to promote prevention of neuropsychiatric diseases.
Of particular importance to the MCTN is the promotion of young scientists and to create an environment that allows them to perform independent research and attain scientific excellence. Doctoral students, scientists and physicians are supported by dedicated training programs, such as The Master's degree programme in Translational Medical Research (TMR) and Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkolleg) for example. The members of the MCTN are committed to the support of young neuroscientists and other investigators engaged in neurosciences by providing expert knowledge and training assistance.
The long-term vision of the MCTN is to advance discoveries and novel diagnostic and therapeutic concepts for the treatment of neuropsychiatric diseases in collaboration with the Institutions of the Health and Life Science Alliance within Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Area and thereby contributing to alleviate the burden of these diseases as a leading cause of death.