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  • 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 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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