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Aim
The Graduate School Neurosciences Amsterdam Rotterdam
· coordinates the training program of the Ph.D-students participating in the school
· organizes courses, lectures, annual meetings in the field of neurosciences
· stimulates collaboration in neuroscientific research between the various participating institutes
· stimulates improvement of the quality of research and education in the neurosciences

Organization
The Graduate School Neurosciences Amsterdam Rotterdam (ONWAR) consists of five research institutes of the VU University Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Erasmus medical center. The scientific directors of the research institutes comprise the Directory Board of the Graduate School and one of them is appointed as Scientific Director (as of 2007: prof.dr. A.B. Smit.). VU University Amsterdam has acted as the representative for the school ever since it was initiated.
The ONWAR has been recognized by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2009.

Research Institutes participating in ONWAR
- Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam (www.neurosciencecampus-amsterdam.nl), VU University Amsterdam (www.vu.nl) and VU University medical center (www.vumc.nl)
- Center for NeuroScience, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS), University of Amsterdam (sils.uva.nl/research/research-groups/research-groups-of-sils.html)
- Research Institute Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam (www.amc.nl/web/Research/Research-Themes/Neurological-and-Psychiatric-disorders/Introduction.htm).
- Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences, KNAW (www.nin.knaw.nl)
- Dept. of Neuroscience, ErasmusMC (www.neuro.nl)
- Cell Biology, Molecular Neuroscience Section, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University (www.cellbio.nl)

Directory Board
- Prof.dr. A.B. Smit, Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam (chairman)
- Prof.dr. F. Baas, Research Institute Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam
- Prof.dr. G. Borst, Dept. of Neuroscience, ErasmusMC Rotterdam
- J.M. van der Harg (MSc), Research Institute Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam
- C. Heldring (MSc), VU University Amsterdam
- Prof.dr. V.A.F. Lamme, Dept. of Psychology, University of Amsterdam
- Prof.dr. C.M.A. Pennartz, Center for NeuroScience, SILS, University of Amsterdam
- Prof.dr. P.R. Roelfsema, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, KNAW

Teaching committee
- Prof.dr. C.N. Levelt, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, KNAW (chairman)
- Prof.dr. S. Amor, VU University medical center
- Dr. N. Cappaert, University of Amsterdam
- Dr. V. Gazzola, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, KNAW
- M. Hamada (MSc), Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, KNAW
- Dr. V.M. Heine, VU University medical center- Drs. D. Jeurissen, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, KNAW
- S. Kevelam (MSc), VU University medical center
- Dr. L. Reneman, Academic Medical Center
- Prof.dr. J. van der Steen, ErasmusMC Rotterdam
- Dr. L.M. Talamini, University of Amsterdam
- Dr. R.F.G. Toonen, VU University Amsterdam
- L. Wisse (MSc), VU University medical center

Staff
Finances: Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, VU University Amsterdam
Administration: Mrs.drs. E.A.M. Borghols (Dept. of Functional Genomics, VU/VUmc)