The JARA-BRAIN research alliance offers the opportunity to combine the freedom of research with clinical education or activity in junior professorships. At present, four JARA-BRAIN junior professors work as “clinician scientists” at University Hospital RWTH Aachen and, in parallel, at Forschungszentrum Jülich.
University Hospital RWTH Aachen offers a rotation programme for doctors who actively pur-sue a career in research. They can be granted leave of up to two years from their clinical duties during their time as a junior doctor so that they are able to concentrate on their research projects.
Within the JARA-BRAIN cooperation, the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine at Forschungszentrum Jülich, in particular, is a popular destination for this research rotation.
The rotation programme has turned out to foster stable cooperations which last even after the researchers have returned to their clinical employment and thus underpins the concept of the “clinician scientist”.
In the international graduate college “International Research Training Group (IRTG): Brain-behaviour relationship of normal and disturbed emotions in schizophrenia and autism”, PhD students of various disciplines conduct research into scientific issues regarding the psychological disorders of schizophrenia and autism.
The JARA-BRAIN researchers work in the specialist clinical centres of University Hospital RWTH Aachen, at Forschungszentrum Jülich and at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA).