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The importance of coordination and collaboration in brain research

The European Brain Research Area project — EBRA — was created as a catalysing initiative for brain research stakeholders (researchers, clinicians, patients, governments, funders and public institutions) to streamline and better co-ordinate brain research across Europe while fostering global initiatives. The Consortium consists of the EBC membership, the Network of European funding for Neuroscience research (NEURON), Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) and the Human Brain Project (HBP). During the last 3 years, the EBRA partners worked to facilitate efficient collaboration, communication and operational synergies, including transparent procedures and setting up of governance mechanisms; foster alignment and better co-ordination of research strategies across European and global brain initiatives; facilitate the emergence of research projects in specific areas in active clusters, and provide them with support for effective collaboration; and increase the visibility of the brain research portfolio as a whole and promote the uptake of EBRA results to key stakeholders.

During this webinar, we will focus on the importance of such coordination and collaboration in the brain space highlighting the Shared European Brain Research Agenda (SEBRA). In addition, 2 EBRA clusters, the  Predictive Models Systems (PREMOS) cluster and the European Cluster for Imaging Biomarkers (ECIB), will be showcased as examples of how coordination and collaboration can increase the impact of their community. They will shortly share the objectives and activities with the audience. These talks will be followed by a panel discussion with all the speakers on collaboration and coordination in brain research. FENS President, Prof Jean-Antoine Girault, will moderate the discussion.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3oTEwGt

FENS Friday webinar – December 10th – mini programme


11:00:                                The importance of coordination and collaboration in brain research: The European Brain Council and the European Brain Research Area

M. Di Luca

Two examples of coordination and collaboration in brain research:


11:10:                                Introduction to the Predictive Models Systems (PREMOS) cluster

S. Holter-Koech

11:20:                                Introduction to the European Cluster for Imaging Biomarkers (ECIB)

Thilo Van Eimeren

11:30:                                Panel discussion on collaboration and coordination in brain research

Moderator: FENS representative: Jean-Antoine Girault, FENS President


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Monica Di Luca

Monica Di Luca, EBC President, is Professor of Pharmacology and Head of Laboratory of Pharmacology of Neurodegeneration – DiSFeB at the University of Milano.

Her primary research interest is related to synaptic plasticity in physiological and pathological conditions, with the primary aim to apply basic findings to the cure of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

She has been member of Council of several national and international scientific organizations including Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS, President 2014-2016), the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), EMBO and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB).

Sabine Hölter-Koch

Dr. Sabine Hölter-Koch is the Head of the Behavioural Unit at the German Mouse Clinic (GMC) at Helmholtz Munich, Germany. She is a trained behavioural pharmacologist with a habilitation in behavioural neuroscience and lecturer at Technical University Munich. She serves as Coordinator of the EBRA cluster PREMOS, co-lead of the Behaviour & Sensory Workgroup of the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) and as Scientific Communication Coordinator of the COST Action CA20135.

Her research focuses on the translational relevance of behavioural and brain phenotypes of genetic mouse models for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. Her group has worked on neurodevelopmental aspects of phenotypes that are relevant across disorders, phenotype progression over the life time, and on somatic comorbidities of brain disorders. These interests are uniquely supported by the comprehensive phenotyping approach, the focus on robust and reproducible science and the collaborative interdisciplinary work environment of the GMC and IMPC. Sabine Hölter-Koch is a review editor in methods and model organisms for Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience.

Thilo van Eimeren

Thilo van Eimeren is a Professor at the Department of Nuclear Medicine & at the Department of Neurology of the Cologne University Hospital. His scientific curiosity is directed at structural and molecular determinants of brain function in health and disease. He is particularly invested in applying and combining molecular and functional imaging methods to understand mechanisms of pathology in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinsonian Disorders and Alzheimer’s disease. He is also highly engaged in the translation of research in his field from basic to clinical science and the deployment of more advanced clinical standards of neuroimaging. For example, he coordinates national and international groups for the harmonization of imaging standards and organize a biannual symposium on translational multimodal imaging in neurodegeneration (MINC symposium).