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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.

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FENS Friday webinar – December 10th – mini programme


12:00:                                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:


12:10:                                Introduction to the Predictive Models Systems (PREMOS) cluster

S. Holter-Koech

12:20:                                Introduction to the European Cluster for Imaging Biomarkers (ECIB)

Thilo Van Eimeren

12:30:                                Panel discussion on collaboration and coordination in brain research

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


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