Last year was a special year for LIBC. Established in 2006, we celebrated our 10-year anniversary.
In this report, the 3 founders of LIBC, Mark van Buchem, Bernhard Hommel and Lisa Cheng, are interviewed. They explain why LIBC was founded, what it has contributed, and what challenges lie ahead.
We think it is amazing what has been accomplished in the past 10 years. Research on brain and cognition in Leiden has flourished. Strong research teams have been established, and grants add up to more than 60 million euro. Our researchers continue to be successful, as illustrated by the 2016 grants that include ERC starting, consolidator and advanced grants, and NWO- Veni, Vidi and Vici grants. We have access to a research-dedicated MRI scanner owned by the university, which will be replaced by a new state-of-the art machine in 2017.
Teaching topics and courses on brain and cognition that did not exist 10 years ago, have now become very popular and well appreciated by students.
We receive many visitors every year on our annual public symposium. In 2016 the topic was ‘onzekere tijden: struikelblok of springplank’. It has become a tradition that our symposium is opened by our mayor, Henri Lenferink, this year in an almost sold out Stadsgehoorzaal.
These accomplishments of the past decade have been made possible because we are lucky to have an LIBC office, LIBC support and strong researchers in Leiden. We are grateful to the LIBC founders and the executive Board of our university for their continuing support. A special word of thanks goes to university director Piet van Slooten, who retired this year.
Great opportunities lie ahead for LIBC, as new acquisition and analysis techniques in the field of data science are rapidly making their entry in brain and cognition research. In Leiden, we are ready for these changes. LIBC is looking forward to continue to play a leading role in brain and cognition research, by connecting Leiden researchers, by sharing knowledge and providing research facilities.
The LIBC Board