GENDEVOCORTEX is an Advanced Grant ERC research project (2013), led by Pierre Vanderhaghen (IRIBHM & UNI, Faculty of Medicine)

The mechanisms underlying the evolution of the human brain constitute one of the most fascinating unresolved questions of biology. The Pierre Vanderhaeghen's hypothesis? The key species-specific features of the development of the human cerebral cortex, in particular the generation and differentiation of pyramidal neurons, are linked functionally to the emergence of hominid-specific (HS) genes controlling corticogenesis.
By identifying the function of hominid-specific genes in cortical developpment, we will uncover specific genetic mechanisms linking functionally the development and evolution of the human brain, with broad implications in neurobiology, developmental and evolutionary biology.
End of the project: 30/09/2019  

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 340020).

Created on August 9, 2018