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1st HBP Curriculum workshop series, 21 June – 19 July 2017


From 21 June – 19 July, the Education Program Office of the Human Brain Project will organize its 1st HBP Curriculum workshop series. The HBP Education Programme offers various transdisciplinary educational opportunities, including workshops, advanced schools as well as an annual student conference. Please check this page regularly for programme news and updates, as well as further information about the HBP Education Programme.

The first workshop of the HBP series will be held from 21-23 June 2017 at The European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience (EITN) in Paris, France:

1) ICT for non-specialists

Working on the frontiers between neuroscience and ICT, or medicine and ICT requires basic knowledge in the field of computer science. This workshop complements the online course ICT for non-specialists and provides practical insights into ICT research for young investigators interested in the subject without an ICT background, who require some basics for their research. Lectures and seminars will be accompanied by practical work and open discussion rounds. Experts in various areas of ICT will be available on site.

Workshop Structure:  Lectures > Seminars > Practical work > Discussion sessions > Social event

For more information click here.

From 3-7 July 2017, two workshops will take place in Innsbruck, Austria:

2) Understanding the brain: Neurobiology for non-specialists

Taking place from 3-5 July 2017, at the Medical University Innsbruck, Austria, the aim of this interactive workshop is to provide practical insights into basic and translational neuroscience research for interested non-specialists. The topics addressed range from essential neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, over IPS cells, to networks and behaviour. Plasticity and modulation of networks and signal transmission under physiological (like learning and memory) and pathological situations (like addiction, epilepsy or neurodegeneration) will form an essential part.

Workshop Structure: Lectures > Discussion sessions > Hands-on tutorials > Lab visits > Social event

Lectures and tutorials will be accompanied by lab visits, practical work and an open discussion round. Experts in functional neuroanatomy, neurobiochemistry, neuropharmacology and psychiatry from Medical University Innsbruck (Austria), the Allen Institute for Brain Science (USA) and the Human Brain Project (HBP) will be available on site.

For more information click here.

3)  New horizons in clinical neuroscience: Brain medicine for non-specialists

Taking place from 5-7 July 2017, at the Medical University Innsbruck, Austria, the aim of this interactive workshop is to deepen and complete the online course on brain medicine for non-specialists with the most recent advances in research of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders. Lectures and tutorials by international experts will report the state of the art of research and treatment of brain diseases. Representatives of the Allen Institute for Brain Science (AI, USA) and the Human Brain Project (HBP, Europe) will present novel avenues for exploiting large biological data sets for future classification of brain diseases, which may lead to new strategies for developing therapeutics.

Workshop Structure: Lectures > Discussion sessions > Hands-on tutorials > Social event.

Hands-on examples for using the tools developed by the Allen Institute and the HBP will be made available.

For more information click here.

From 10-12 July 2017, the Education Program Office of the Human Brain Project will organise a further Curriculum workshop on Research, ethics and societal impact under the title:

4) Responsible research: How to deal with animals and ICT in science – an ethical approach

Taking place from 10-12 July 2017 at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, this Workshop aims to provide the participants with insights on ethical aspects of the use of ICT and animals in science and research. Designated discussion rounds will provide the possibility for participants to interact with faculty and deepen the understanding of the topics addressed.

Workshop Structure: Lectures > Discussion sessions > Team based learning – group works > Lab visits > Social event

For more information click here.

From 17-19 July 2017, the final workshop will be held at Villa Toskana in Leimen, Germany, titled:

5) Intellectual property rights, translation and exploitation of research: Entrepreneurship in Neuroscience

This “hackathon” style workshop completes and complements the online course on Intellectual Property Rights, Translation and Exploitation of Research. Students will work in small groups around joint applied research ideas in Neuroscience that the students will offer and conceive by themselves. The participants will study how to advance their ideas from the lab to market, understand the needs, the target population, patentability options and how to build a business model. Finally they will present their ideas to industry and academy experts. The workshop is a hands on unique experience of diving into the entrepreneurial world, learning how to advance the science into the next step…

Workshop Structure: Lectures > Mini-Workshops > Group presentations > Discussion sessions > Lab visit > Social event

For more information click here.


Application for the workshops:

This workshops are open to the whole student community and early post-docs upon application. Applications from young female investigators are highly encouraged. Application is required as space may be limited. Applicants selected for participation will be informed within two weeks after the application deadline. There is no registration fee. Seven travel grants will be available upon request (European students only). Accommodation can be provided for 30 students (first come, first served). Note: The workshop is a supplement to the online course ‘HBP Curriculum – Research, ethics and societal impact‘. It is recommended for workshop participants to attend the online course as a basis for the workshop. During the workshop, participants will have the possibility of taking an exam about the content of the HBP online course ‘HBP Curriculum – Research, ethics and societal impact‘. Application deadline: 1 June 2017


NEW VIDEO: Brain Awareness Week Outreach Event, Highlights

EBC has just released another video on its YouTube channel, a highlights video of the EBC outreach event held on 16th March 2017 at The European Parliament in Strasbourg. The outreach event was titled: “Expanding Brain Research in Europe: A Societal Need?” and was held in the framework of Brain Awareness Week 2017, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages.

Key speakers gave presentations on the topic of brain research from their individual standpoints. The speakers included: Monica Di Luca (Vice President of EBC, and President of FENS), Marion LeBoyer (Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Paris) and Ann Little (President of The European Federation of Neurological Associations, EFNA, deputising for Joke Jaarsma. MEPs Ann Sander and Momchil Nekov hosted the event.

The event was highly successful, with a good showing of MEPs, policymakers, researchers and the general public who openly interacted with each other and the speakers during the hour of open discussion following the presentations.

The full presentations from each speaker will be available to watch soon.

* For more information about the Value of Treatment (VoT) for Brain Disorders research project, click here: http://bit.ly/2qhvsv4

* To read EBC’s Call to Action, click here: http://bit.ly/1mX7pPX


Belgian Brain Council Upcoming GA: 17 June

The Belgian Brain Council  will be having its General Assembly on 17th June 2017, with appointment of new President, new Secretary General, and new Pharma Industry delegate.

On the occasion of International Parkinson’s Day, 11 April 2017, the Belgian Brain Council released their National Brain Plan: A four paged document detailing the setting up of a Belgian National Brain Plan. The document states the importance of Brain Research as a guarantee of better quality of life and stressed the aim to reduce the burden of Brain disorders in terms of costs and impact/prevalence throughout society. The Belgian Brain Council presents itself as a unique platform gathering associations and societies working together to achieve these goals. For more than ten years, BBC has been organising various events on local/regional/national and European level in the movement of the European Brain Council. BBC is one of the most active National Brain Councils created within the movement of EBC, especially in coordinating the Brain Awareness Week and organising events to raise awareness among general public. BBC also takes part in EBC’s research project, “The Value of Treatment for Brain Disorders” (VoT). The Belgian Brain Council’s document concludes with a focus on the specific situation in Belgium towards Brain Research which is highlighted as poor in relation to public financing.

The goals of the National Brain Plan are:

1) Monitor Brain Research Activities and Initiatives
2) Prioritize measures aiming to improve healthcare effectiveness and efficiency
3) Promote new therapy(ies).

The full document can be read here.

The BBC’s March 2017 Newsletter can be read here.


EBC President Prof. David Nutt TEDx Talk now online

On 6th March 2017, EBC’s president, Professor David Nutt, delivered a presentation as one of this year’s speakers at the TEDx Brussels event, a full afternoon of live talks by world-class speakers on a diverse range of topics, held at BOZAR, Brussels.

In keeping with the TEDx theme “no limits”, Professor Nutt’s Talk, titled “No Limits: To the Brain?”, addressed the potential for psychedelic drugs such as LSD and Psilocybin to expand consciousness and heal dysfunctions of the brain. In the current context where brain disorders account for the largest burden of ill health of any organ system – more than cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes combined – and the treatment gap for brain disorders remains the largest, despite effective treatments. Against this backdrop, Professor Nutt’s TEDx Talk  proposed, especially for the sake of those who could be helped, that it’s time “to say there should be NO LIMITS to therapeutic research with these drugs”.

The full TEDx Talk is available to watch here:



EBC Board Meetings 8 – 9 February, 2017

EBC held the first Industry board meeting and board meeting of 2017 on the 8 – 9th of February.  On this occasion, delegates from EBC’s member organisations and industry partners discussed the ongoing activities of the organisation and plans for the year ahead.

The main outcomes that can be singled out include:

  • The Board of EBC unanimously approved the candidatures of the Dutch, the Norwegian and the Spanish Brain Councils as observers to EBC. The Board also validated the decision by the EANS to become associate member.
  • The first achievements on the proposed work plan for 2017 were discussed
  • The next milestones towards the closing conference of the « Value of Treatment » research project and the drafting of the white paper were discussed. It was agreed that a work plan would be elaborated in order to set clearly the focus, structure and responsibilities. A new discussion paper was released in order to pave the way to the white paper to be issued.
  • Further ideas were suggested such as EBC contribution in the framework of the World Health Day which shall this year focus on depression. For that purpose, a working group involving volunteering member organisations (including EPA, ECNP, GAMIAN-Europe) will be established in order to develop the message and position statement that EBC should disseminate on that occasion.
  • The report produced in collaboration with STOA (European Parliament’s scientific foresight unit) on the use of new technologies in the management of addiction was presented to the EP in Strasbourg on 19th January and the final version will be disseminated once released officially.
  • Report was given on EBC’s policy workshop on the prevention and early-detection of AF-related strokes. An invitation was launched to members and partners to organise similar events on other topics in the future.
  • The forthcoming launch of #ILoveMyBrain (organised on 14th February) was presented and supported.
  • The Lunch Debate and the Outreach Event (14th and 16th March) that EBC is co-hosting in the context of the Brain Awareness Week were presented. Members and Partners were invited to support EBC in these endeavours by attending, or possibly contributing financially to the organisation of these.
  • A working group on the prevention of suicide was officially established with the participation from representatives and experts from EPA, ECNP, GAMIAN-Europe, EUFAMI. A first meeting was convened after the Board Meeting.
  • A taskforce was set up to look into the revision of the declaration on good off-label use of medicines. Volunteers are kindly invited to express their interest to the EBC Brussels office.
  • Other developments with EBC projects (e.g. Not Myself Today, and project proposals under consideration) and advocacy campaigns (e.g. animal research) were also presented for information.
  • The Joint Statement on Mental Health in Europe, which was initiated by EUFAMI and Mental Health Europe, was officially endorsed by the Board of EBC.
  • The financial audit committee was set up, and will include members Alex Schubert (ECNP) on behalf of the Board, and Christoph von der Goltz (Lundbeck) on behalf of the Industry Board.

We would like to thank each one of you who contributed to these meetings – we look forward to continuing our work. Our thanks and appreciation also extend to our guest speakers: Stéphane Hogan (DG Research & Innovation), Marc Lange (EHTEL), Philippe Cupers (DG Research & Innovation) and Andrea Fiorillo (EPA) who kindly accepted our invitation to come and present at the Board Dinner and lunch.