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  • On 14th June, EBRAINS AISBL CEO, Paweł Świeboda, met with the representatives of nine Belgian universities to celebrate the creation of a nation-wide consortium in view of the establishment of an EBRAINS Belgian node. Today, the creation of the Belgian consortium materialises with the full membership of University Hasselt in EBRAINS AISBL. The associate memberships of the 8 remaining universities are expected to be announced in the next couple of months.

  • EBRAINS is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Viktor Jirsa as Chief Science Officer as of 28 June 2022.

  • Understanding consciousness is one of the greatest challenges of neuroscience. Is it possible to develop brain-based measures of consciousness? Why does it fade and recover during transitions across brain states? Researchers at the Human Brain Project (HBP) are addressing this challenge by merging new clinical methods and advanced brain modelling on the EBRAINS research infrastructure. Over the past years, they used a novel approach to investigate brain activity in conscious and unconscious states from the micro-level to the whole brain.

  • The eBRAIN-Health project is led by BIH Johanna Quandt Professor of Brain Simulation Prof. Dr. Petra Ritter, who is also Head of the Brain Simulation research group at the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH) and Head of Charité’s Department of Neurology and Experimental Neurology.

  • EBRAINS is pleased to announce that the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) – a leading-edge multidisciplinary research centre based in Barcelona – has joined the EBRAINS AISBL as an associate member.

  • Towards Step Change in Access to Health Data - Report from the 2nd OECD-EBRAINS-HBP Round Table

  • EBRAINS and the Human Brain Project, together with the University of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen University Hospital, invite the entire scientific community, in particular early career researchers, to join the forthcoming Young Researchers Event, taking place on 16 May at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • The images will be an important resource for researchers studying the increased vulnerability to mental disorders observed during adolescence

  • The areas play different roles in visual-spatial orientation and associative memory

  • Experimental investigation combining open data and brain atlases on EBRAINS improves understanding of patients with developmental coordination disorders

  • A new, high-resolution 3D map of the metathalamus was reconstructed by a team of researchers as part of the Human Brain Project and is now accessible to anyone via EBRAINS.

  • EBRAINS continues to expand its roster of members and is proud to welcome FIVE new associate members from Spain.

  • Arbor v0.6 boasts a range of new features, improvements, and bug fixes.

  • A large brain tumor bank from the Medical University of Vienna has been digitized and added to the EBRAINS research infrastructure.

  • The mass adoption of cloud computing makes it a technological certainty across industries. Scientific research is no exception. EBRAINS now offers cloud services for brain simulation to its users.

  • To help celebrate International Epilepsy Day, we talked with neurologists and computational scientists Petra Ritter and Leon Stefanovski from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin about their work on The Virtual Brain (TVB) and how it can be used to locate the areas in a patient’s brain where epilepsy seizures emerge.

  • The EU-funded European Brain Research Area project has released its long-awaited European Research Inventory and Mapping Report, providing insight into the brain research activities funded at the European level within the EU framework programmes FP7 and Horizon 2020, as well as the funding initiatives of the EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), ERA-NET NEURON and the Human Brain Project.

  • On 7 February 2022, George Freeman MP, UK Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, visited the EBRAINS Swiss Branch in Geneva.

  • On 28 January, the OECD’s New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) group, in a joint initiative with EBRAINS, the Coordinator of the Human Brain Project (HBP) and Research Infrastructure for the study of the brain, hosted an online discussion to articulate the vision and key elements of the future European brain research and brain health agenda. The meeting brought together representatives from the French EU Presidency, European Commission, World Health Organisation, scientific societies, patient organizations, health professionals, as well as leading brain researchers.

  • EBRAINS is pleased to announce that Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) – the largest French-speaking university in the world – has joined the EBRAINS AISBL as an associate member.

  • EBRAINS is proud to support the PHRASE project which has been selected for the first-ever European Innovation Council (EIC) Transition call for proposals. The project aims to deliver prognosis and intervention protocols for AI-based stroke rehabilitation.

  • Learn about how Human Brain Project scientists are conducting cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research with the tools and services offered by EBRAINS.

  • On 24 January 2022, EBRAINS hosted an international consultation designed to shape its Ethics and Society Vision.

  • An EBRAINS AISBL General Assembly meeting took place on Wednesday October 27.

  • In a recently published paper in Neuron, a group of renowned brain researchers – which includes the Human Brain Project’s Damien Eke and Jan Bjaalie - looks at how an international data governance framework could facilitate international collaboration and accelerate scientific discovery.

  • The ‘Ecosystem of innovation in neurotechnology’ event – which takes place tomorrow at the Ministry of Science and Innovation in Madrid, Spain – will provide EBRAINS with an opportunity to interact with a selection of promising brain health and technology start-ups.

  • Paweł Świeboda, CEO of EBRAINS AISBL and Director General of the Human Brain Project, on the inclusion of EBRAINS in the ESFRI Roadmap 2021, which will be launched this week

  • NEST Desktop has been presented to the scientific community in a publication in eNeuro, the open access journal of the American Society for Neuroscience.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Don't miss Paweł Świeboda's presentation at TICAL Conference 2021 on Sep 1st

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • openMINDS develops and maintains a set of metadata models to facilitate access to neuroscience research.

  • November was a busy month for the HBP Education Programme Team, as it supported not one, not two, but three EBRAINS Research Infrastructure Trainings.

  • 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.

  • The publication Discover EBRAINS introduces the powerful EBRAINS research infrastructure to the world.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?"

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