BRAINetwork: an Experiment in Transdisciplinarity
This paper attempts to present transdisciplinarity as a framework for research which progresses from the fundamental to the translational and finally to action research that benefits the community. I present a model developed in Universiti Sains Malaysia that transcends disciplines but is focused on a common goal. My own research involves the neurogenetics of analgesia and the roles of c-fos and DREAM protein in the central processing of pain. It has led me to a wider interest in the epigenetics of learning and memory and to coordinate the transdisciplinary BRAINetwork research cluster (described here) which focuses on the neuroplasticity of memory and learning.