Aix-Marseille Université joins EBRAINS AISBL as associate member

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.

The membership went into effect on 1st January 2022. It will give AMU the opportunity to co-design future iterations of EBRAINS’ cutting-edge tools and services. These state-of-the-art capabilities – which cover data sharing, atlasing, modelling, simulation, high-performance computing, and neurorobotics – aim to help European researchers to address major challenges in brain health, benefiting from insights into data science, brain organization, and artificial intelligence gathered from the EU Flagship Human Brain Project.

The membership is a natural step for AMU Prof. Viktor Jirsa, Director of the Systems Neuroscience Institute, who is using the EBRAINS research infrastructure to boost the accuracy of The Virtual Brain, a computational tool which allows scientists to locate the areas in a patient’s brain where epilepsy seizures emerge. Upon confirmation of the membership, Prof. Jirsa commented: "We are proud to be a member of the EBRAINS family. Digital Neuroscience is the most promising avenue nowadays to address pressing questions in brain health, notably epilepsy, mental health and neurodegeneration. As we want to go far with our ambitions, we need to go together. The EBRAINS ecosystem is the way of doing so."

“We are happy to welcome Aix-Marseille Université” said CEO of EBRAINS Paweł Świeboda. “It brings with it an impressive record of achievement in brain modelling and simulation which will help to take the EBRAINS services to a new level, to the benefit of the broader research community.”