The digital research infrastructure of the EU-funded "Human Brain Project" - EBRAINS - has been included in the Roadmap 2021 of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). EBRAINS aims to support the translation of scientific findings from brain research into neuro-inspired technologies and medicine using digital methods and techniques. For the platform, in which Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin is also involved, this important milestone is a recognition of its great scientific potential.
Charité joined EBRAINS in June 2021 as an associate member to help shape future steps of the digital research infrastructure. Together with the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH), Charité contributes the infrastructure of the simulation platform "The Virtual Brain". It provides privacy-compliant workflows for multiscale simulation of individual brain models in the EBRAINS cloud. This involves integrating radiological imaging data of the brain into computer models in automated processes and simulating them on high-performance computers. "We are pleased that by being included in the ESFRI roadmap, our developments will be made accessible to a broad scientific community throughout Europe in the long term," says Prof. Dr. Petra Ritter, BIH professor and head of the Brain Simulation Section at BIH and at the Department of Neurology with Experimental Neurology at Charité.
As the first research infrastructure of its kind worldwide, EBRAINS - part of the "Human Brain Project" under the scientific leadership of Forschungszentrum Jülich - provides access via a web portal to the most comprehensive database on the human brain to date, as well as to powerful digital tools, for example for simulation or Big Data analyses. More than 500 scientists at over 130 European partner institutions from 19 countries are involved in the development of EBRAINS. In this way, scientific collaboration across national borders is to be promoted and international cutting-edge research made possible.
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