News about EBRAINS, its community and its work
Interview of EBRAINS CEO Pawel Swieboda in MedNous22 November 2021
In an interview with MedNous, a European medical research publication, Paweł Świeboda highlights some key HBP scientific achievements and how EBRAINS will capitalize on those to further develop its Research Infrastructure.
Putting brain health at the centre of the European policy agenda4 November 2021
Remarks from Paweł Świeboda, CEO of EBRAINS and Director General of the Human Brain Project
Researchers in the Human Brain Project work on a new solution for sensitive medical data
Making brain health a priority in Europe: Brussels sees event packed with high-level brain scientists and policy-makers15 October 2021
On 12 October, representatives of the highest levels of research policy and brain science met in Brussels for the first European Brain Summit, carried out jointly with the European Brain Council (EBC) and in conjunction with the Brain Innovation Days.
Complete data package of Julich-Brain Atlas released13 October 2021
The full dataset of the Julich-Brain probabilistic maps has been published and can be freely downloaded. The data package comprises 148 probability maps in a three-dimensional reference space.
Brussels, October 8, 2021: The European Brain Council (EBC), an organization that is at the forefront of advocacy for brain research in Europe and EBRAINS, an association that supports science in the field of brain research, including as coordinator of the EU-funded Human Brain Project, are together organizing the first European Brain Summit in Brussels on October 12.
Volumetric rat brain atlas on EBRAINS now covers entire brain11 October 2021
Researchers from the Human Brain Project (HBP) have released version 4 of the Waxholm Space atlas of the Sprague Dawley rat brain, a volumetric open access atlas. The new atlas version contains both novel and revised subdivisions of the basal ganglia, cerebral cortex and thalamus, defined by domain experts. WHS rat brain atlas v4 will be integrated in EBRAINS tools and workflows, allowing researchers to navigate and analyse their data using the new anatomical subdivisions.
Registration for the European Brain Summit is open!21 September 2021
The first European Brain Summit will take place on 12th October 2021 in Brussels (Area 42 - Rue des Palais, 46, 1030 Brussels) from 13:15 to 21:00, in conjunction with the Brain Innovation Days and Human Brain Project Summit, co-organised by the European Brain Council and the EBRAINS Research Infrastructure.
EBRAINS, the new digital research infrastructure set up by the EU-funded Human Brain Project, has made available an enhanced brain simulation software, NEST 3, with wide practical use in fields such as neuroscience and robotics. NEST 3 enables a better representation of entire populations of neurons and offers an optimised simulator performance.
The first HBP innovation award went to the The Virtual Brain team and the next one is on its way!6 September 2021
One more step towards a highly personalised medicine in epilepsy with the Virtual Epileptic Patient (VEP). Viktor Jirsa, the scientific leader, shares with us some of the experiences gained in the exciting and challenging journey of this fantastic technology.
Join us online for the 8th Human Brain Project Summit!3 September 2021
The Human Brain Project and EBRAINS are excited to invite you to the first digital Summit of the Human Brain Project taking place 12-15 October 2021.
EBRAINS at the TICAL Conference 2021 - September 1st31 August 2021
Don't miss Paweł Świeboda's presentation at TICAL Conference 2021 on Sep 1st
Release of Julich-Brain Version 2.9 provides users with new insights into the cerebral cortex
It is our pleasure to announce that two well-known HBP/EBRAINS professors, Philippe Ryvlin and Viktor Jirsa, will take an active part in this year’s International Epilepsy Congress.
EBRAINS, the digital pan-European research infrastructure developed by the EU-funded Flagship Human Brain Project, announces that it has been included in the 2021 Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).
Brain models are helping to discover better robot navigation methods
A simulation of a robotic hand implemented on the EBRAINS research infrastructure is beginning to perform human-like digit configurations
Charité joins EBRAINS AISBL as associate member28 May 2021
EBRAINS is pleased to announce that Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin – one of the largest university hospitals in Europe – has joined the EBRAINS AISBL as an associate member.
Human Brain Project announces winners of third EBRAINS Voucher Call
Event Recap: INCF Neuroinformatics Assembly 202112 May 2021
And just like that we are closing the chapter of another successful online conference - which enables us to stay in touch with colleagues across the globe and keep the scientific exchange flowing, despite the ongoing restricted environment. Being the third largest INCF Assembly since its inception in 2006, the HBP & EBRAINS want to share a few highlights of its participation at this event.
The critical window for becoming a FAIR researcher26 April 2021
Heidi Kleven and Ingvild E. Bjerke are data curation scientists in the EBRAINS Data and Knowledge services. In this blog post, they discuss why it is important for young researchers to establish FAIR data sharing habits early on in their careers.
The Human Brain Project and its research infrastructure EBRAINS are looking for partners to help them offer state-of-the-art compliant data solutions to the scientific community.
The European research infrastructure EBRAINS powers a new approach to understand the brain mechanisms underlying consciousness
Ultra-high definition predictive brain tool seeks to give surgeons a sharp eye to spot epilepsy in a patient’s brain
The latest version of the EBRAINS Interactive Atlas Viewer brings a range of new features and updated versions of parcellation maps. The user interface has been significantly streamlined in response to user feedback.
PRACE and ICEI/FENIX join forces to service European researchers15 January 2021
PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, teamed up with the ICEI Project and the Fenix Research Infrastructure to deliver highly advanced computing services to European researchers.
Each year, editors and writers choose a top research achievement as Science’s Breakthrough of the Year. This year, that honor goes to the multiple COVID-19 vaccines that have succeeded in large human trials. Nine advances from all areas of research were chosen as the runners up. Among them are surprising similarities between brains of mammals and birds, discovered with the innovative microscopy method 3D-PLI, which is powered by EBRAINS services.
Human Brain Project and EBRAINS at SfN Global Connectome 202111 January 2021
From 11-13 January 2021, the Society for Neuroscience is hosting for the first time the virtual SfN Global Connectome - a cross-cutting neuroscience event, designed to facilitate scientific exchange across the globe and across the field, providing scientists at all career stages, of all disciplines, with opportunities to learn, collaborate, and connect.
New openMINDS metadata models enhance EBRAINS services14 December 2020
openMINDS develops and maintains a set of metadata models to facilitate access to neuroscience research.
Research Infrastructure Trainings in November11 December 2020
November was a busy month for the HBP Education Programme Team, as it supported not one, not two, but three EBRAINS Research Infrastructure Trainings.
One step closer to a brain prosthesis for the blind4 December 2020
Human Brain Project research has helped lay the foundation for a brain implant that could one day give blind people their sight back. Recent discoveries at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN) show that in monkeys, newly developed high-resolution implants in the visual cortex make it possible to recognize artificially induced images. The findings were published in Science on 3 December. For further development towards application in humans, the high-resolution 3D digital brain atlases of HBP’s EBRAINS Research Infrastructure will become instrumental.
A look inside Europe’s new platform for the brain30 November 2020
The publication Discover EBRAINS introduces the powerful EBRAINS research infrastructure to the world.
EBRAINS is proud to sponsor Politico's 'European Research and Innovation Beyond 2020' Online Event25 November 2020
EBRAINS' ambition is to enable a new era in brain research, which is why we are proud to sponsor this important panel on the future of European research and innovation.
EBRAINS makes bid to enter the European Research Infrastructure Roadmap with ten-country strong coalition and France as Lead Country9 September 2020
The EBRAINS infrastructure for neuroscience has officially submitted an application for inclusion in the ESFRI Roadmap 2021. EBRAINS offers researchers a comprehensive package of powerful tools, facilities and resources that have been jointly developed by scientists and engineers in the Human Brain Project, a ten-year European Flagship project running until 2023. ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, plays a central role in establishing shared infrastructures for Science in Europe and helps guide decisions in research policy. The application of EBRAINS to the ESFRI Roadmap is supported by a ten-country strong coalition, led by France as Lead Country. Additional backing is provided in over 90 letters of support from European scientific institutions, medical associations and industry.
Human Brain Project launches ‘Brain Matters’ webinar series9 September 2020
The next edition of Brain Matters, 'Brain Inspired Technology and Architectures' will take place on the 10th of December 2020 at 16:00 CET, and feature Steve Furber (University of Manchester), Rainer Goebel (Maastricht University) and Christopher Summerfield (University of Oxford).
"Julich-Brain" is the name of the first 3D-atlas of the human brain that reflects the variability of the brain’s structure with microscopic resolution.
Neural networks in both biological settings and artificial intelligence distribute computation across their neurons to solve complex tasks. New research now shows how so-called “critical states” can be used to optimize artificial neural networks running on brain-inspired neuromorphic hardware.
Founding CEO of EBRAINS appointed29 May 2020
Brussels, May 29, 2020 - The EBRAINS shared Research Infrastructure for brain research is pleased to announce a significant step forward with the appointment of its founding CEO Paweł Świeboda. The EBRAINS digital brain research infrastructure is a key outcome of the European Commission’s Flagship 10-year research initiative Human Brain Project. The newly formed EBRAINS AISBL is based in Brussels, Belgium.
EBRAINS services join the list of recommended repositories for neuroscience data.
Dendrite Activity May Boost Brain Processing Power11 February 2020
Single human neurons may be much more powerful computational devices than once thought, according to a new study that identifies previously unknown electrical activity in neural dendrites.
Call for Proposals for European Neuroscientists at Large for Using ICEI e-Infrastructure Resources22 January 2020
The Human Brain Project (HBP) offers in the context of the Interactive Computing E-Infrastructure (ICEI) project access to compute and storage resources of Fenix. With this call, European neuroscientists are invited to submit proposals for using these resources for research on topics in the broader scope of the HBP.
EBRAINS service powers breakthrough clinical trial for personalised brain simulations14 November 2019
The Virtual Brain, one of the EBRAINS services, has achieved a major milestone on the path to clinical applications based on brain simulation. A novel method to improve outcomes of Epilepsy surgery has now received approval for clinical testing in 13 French hospitals. The breakthrough paves the way for work on more clinical applications of personalised brain simulations derived from fMRI brain scan data. Through the Virtual Brain Services page you can access the pipeline services used to create personalised brain models.
The EBRAINS data curation teams prepare brain science data sets in a manner to make it FAIR, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. The data sets are then made available to scientists via the EBRAINS Find Data Service. This data curation work is technical and complicated and conducted by scientists. In this video, curators in the Oslo team answers the question: "How would you describe your work to your grandma?"