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  • 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.

  • Science and Technology

    New openMINDS metadata models enhance EBRAINS services

    14 December 2020

    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.

  • Science and Technology

    One step closer to a brain prosthesis for the blind

    4 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.

  • 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).

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