Thanks to a Sciex scholarship Alexandru Deftu from Romania has been
researching aspects of pain signals in the central nervous system for
one year at Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV). On 17 November 2014
he presented his complex field of research at the University of Bern
to other research fellows and an interested public as part of the
"Sciex Science Slammer 2014" competition. In an interview he
talks about his work and the difficulty of making a complex subject
accessible to the general public.
More than 80 Romanian students, like Alexandru, benefit from a Sciex
scholarship co-funded by Switzerland as part of the Swiss enlargement
contribution. The programme, with total financial resources of CHF 47
million, is open to young researchers from ten central and eastern
European EU member states. In all, over 400 academics from those
countries are benefiting from a Sciex scholarship to conduct research
at a Swiss research institute for a fixed period of time.
The scholarship programme helps foster partnerships that
institutionalise the exchange of knowledge and cooperation in research.