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Five Nizhny Novgorod universities signed a cooperation agreement on March 29: Lobachevsky University, Privolzhsky Medical Research University, Kozma Minin State Pedagogical University, Dobrolyubov State Linguistic University and the Higher School of Economics in Nizhny Novgorod. The agreement is aimed to create an inter-university laboratory for neurophysiology and human cognitive development.

This laboratory will provide a platform for research in the following areas: studying cognitive functions in different age periods, studying mechanisms for human adaptation under increased digital load, developing methods for diagnosis, rehabilitation (habilitation) and support for children with intellectual disabilities. The establishment of the laboratory is part of the district-wide project "Mental Health", which is managed by the office of the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Volga Federal District. The new inter-university platform will function in the framework of the Nizhny Novgorod Research and Education Centre (REC). Igor Fedyushkin, REC Director, noted the importance of joint participation in the project of five Nizhny Novgorod universities, which decided to combine their efforts and scientific competence to create this laboratory.

Elena Zagaynova, Rector of Lobachevsky University: "Nizhny Novgorod universities have extensive experience in the field of cognitive technologies. In particular, at Lobachevsky University, the Faculty of Social Sciences has long been engaged in research into the adaptation of students with developmental disabilities, including autism. In addition, we have a lot of experience in fundamental neurophysiology, and we also have a dissertation council. So we will collaborate, because a qualitatively new result will only be achieved when we combine our efforts. I hope this informal association - a research and technology platform - will allow us to meet more often, to communicate, and to invite scientists from abroad. And, hopefully, we will already be talking about our outstanding results at a similar meeting next year".