The project aims to develop a decentralized, data protection-compliant research platform capable of simulating some of the brain’s complex neurobiological phenomena. As part of the project, researchers will collate an array of different types of information, including data from PET and MRI scans, EEG tests, behavioral studies and lifestyle surveys, as well as clinical data from thousands of patients and healthy controls. These will be combined with biological information from knowledge databases and made available for research purposes. The resultant digital ‘brain twins’ will enable large numbers of researchers to conduct innovative research within a powerful digital infrastructure.
Thanks to its transparent analytical pipelines, the new research infrastructure will also help to promote reproducible research.
Furthermore, complex, personalized brain simulations which take into account large quantities of data may be able to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying brain function and disorders. Virtual brain modeling may also improve diagnostics and disease prediction, in addition to enabling the optimization of treatment plans. The project consortium comprises 20 partners and operates in cooperation with EBRAINS AISBL, the coordinating entity of the EU-funded flagship ‘Human Brain Project’.
Project coordinator Professor Petra Ritter welcomes the funding from the European Commission's Infrastructure Programme: "We are delighted that our consortium has been given the confidence by the EC to develop a European infrastructure for health data. Not least, this decision expresses recognition for the successful coordinator role of Charité and BIH in the large-scale European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) project Virtual Brain Cloud, in which the platform architecture that is now to be rolled out at the European level was developed. Likewise, the approval of this new major project recognises our contribution to the EU Flagship Human Brain Project for the development of cloud services for sensitive health data. These developments will contribute to the establishment of the European Health Data Space - an important pillar of future health research in Europe".
Duration: 4 years, starting 1 July 2022
Total funding: approximately € 13 million
EBRAINS is a new digital research infrastructure created by the EU-funded Human Brain Project. The goal of EBRAINS is to foster brain-related research and to help translate the latest scientific discoveries into innovation in medicine and industry for the benefit of patients and society. It draws on cutting-edge neuroscience and offers an extensive range of brain data sets, a multilevel brain atlas, modelling and simulation tools, easy access to high-performance computing resources and robotics and neuromorphic platforms. All academic researchers have open access to EBRAINS’ state-of-the-art services. Industry researchers are also very welcome to use the platform under specific agreements. For more information about EBRAINS, visit www.ebrains.eu.
About the Human Brain Project
The Human Brain Project (HBP) is the largest brain science project in Europe and stands among the biggest research projects ever funded by the European Union. It is one of the three FET Flagship Projects of the EU. At the interface of neuroscience and information technology, the HBP investigates the brain and its diseases with the help of highly advanced methods from computing, neuroinformatics and artificial intelligence and drives innovation in fields like brain-inspired computing and neurorobotics.
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