The purpose of DINEA is to promote research within cognitive neuroscience in general and research aimed at the development of truly integrative neuroscientific models in particular.
While important progress is constantly made within neuroscientific subdisciplines dealing with narrowly defined neural and/or cognitive subareas, the development of truly integrative models attempting to provide and stimulate a broader understanding of the brain and its mediation of cognitive processes is a rare occurrence. The purpose of DINEA is to encourage such a development of integrative models as well as improving the possibilities of research aimed in such a direction.
DINEA has associated research units at different universities and faculties to strengthen the integrative perspective. Thus, DINEA has access to a wide variety of experimental equipment and different areas of academic and clinical expertise.
Specifically, the purposes of DINEA are:
- To promote research within cognitive neurorehabilitation
- To promote the development of integrative neuroscientific models of neurorehabilitation
- To improve the scientific possibilities and options available to the members of DINEA
Being a unit within DINEA implies the following:
- Being open to sharing research facilities with other membership units in such a way that in principle any scientist within DINEA will be able to conduct research at the laboratories of all other DINEA-units (with appropriate considerations to available time, resources etc.)
- All members of DINEA are colleagues with not only the staff within that particular DINEA-unit but also all staff members from other DINEA-units – and thereby open to collaborations across as well as within units
- Common mailing lists and similar fora for exchange of information to ensure rapid exchange of information and news between all DINEA-members
- Scheduled meetings between all DINEA-members will be established – aiming at a minimum of two yearly “plenum” meetings
- All members of DINEA are to provide information allowing everybody within DINEA to know about her or his research activities – as well as to remain informed about the research activities of other DINEA-members
- All members of DINEA are to do her or his utmost to assist other DINEA-members in their scientific endeavours regardless of unit associations or academic credentials
Leadership and contact
Emphasizing that the leadership decisions of DINEA are made by consensus rather than majority, DINEA is headed by two directors: one primarily responsible for cognitively oriented research and one primarily responsible for neurally oriented research.