Institutes

AMBition is a coalition of leading neuroscience research institutes in Amsterdam.

AMBition is organized by all relevant stakeholders from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), the Amsterdam Universitair Medische Centra (Amsterdam UMC) and the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN, KNAW), and associated research centers (see below). In total, we represent more than 1500 investigators in this field. 

There are longstanding collaborations, both on an ad hoc basis and in the form of formal research programs and platforms such as Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC), Amsterdam Neuroscience, and the Institute for Brain and Behavior Amsterdam (IBBA). AMBition is the overarching institute that will foster further collaboration between leading research institutes in Amsterdam. 

Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC)

The Amsterdam Brain and Cognition center is a unique interdisciplinary center that fulfils a number of functions within the University of Amsterdam. It serves as a platform and community for cognitive scientists interested in a wide range of Cognitive Science topics, ranging from perception to memory, decision-making, language and logic. ABC organizes a yearly Lecture series and Summer School, and various symposia and expert meetings. Research projects within the ABC are carried out in the participating institutes but the Centre also has its own research programme focusing on research questions that cross the borders between disciplines. This programme is carried out at the ABC Research Centre, which is strongly linked with the Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging (KNAW). The combination of state of the art neuroimaging facilities with the ambitious interdisciplinary research groups creates a true center of excellence in the field of cognition as a whole.

Amsterdam Neuroscience

Amsterdam Neuroscience is a collaboration between the VUA, UvA and Amsterdam UMC with the mission to improve understanding of the human brain and nervous system in health and disease by executing integrated basic, translational and clinical research. We do this by bringing together more than 1000 clinicians, faculty and staff in the Amsterdam area, producing 1300+ publications per year, and performing research and clinical care amongst the best in the Netherlands and beyond. Our investigators target and organize their collaborations along nine translational research programs, each focused in specific brain and nervous system disease mechanisms but also on technology innovation and basic research. In doing so, we contribute to generating deep understanding of brain mechanisms at all levels of study, from molecular, to cellular studies, to circuitry and intact brain and behavior. From there the latest scientific insights are translated into novel diagnostics and interventions for neurodegenerative, neuroimmunological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Institute for Brain and Behavior Amsterdam (IBBA)

Seven research groups from the faculty of Movement and Behavioral Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are part of the Institute for Brain and Behaviour Amsterdam. All these groups conduct experimental research involving humans and make use of advanced methods of research including psychophysics and neuroimaging. One of the goals of the institute is to foster the exchange and development of advanced knowledge for (neuro-imaging) methods of research. The institute works as a research incubator where researchers and students work together to push the limits of advanced methods of research.

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN)

Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN) aim to explain how circuits of neurons enable us to see the world and act upon it. The NIN performs fundamental research into the functioning of the brain. In the longer term, this knowledge will lead to new treatments, although direct applications are also explored. As an institute for excellent fundamental research the NIN’s role is unique. The NIN supplies universities and university medical centers in the Netherlands with top researchers and with innovative and applicable knowledge that is the result of long-running research lines at the NIN. The NIN hosts (inter)national facilities that support research into cognitive functions (unique animal facilities including non-human primates), human brain tissue (Netherlands Brain Bank), and sleep (sleep lab). The NIN is part of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences ('Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen', KNAW).