Umeå University has signed a cooperation agreement with the European research infrastructure EBRAINS, which offers digital tools and services for brain research.
Text: Ola Nilsson
The collaboration will give the university's researchers access to new digital technologies and cutting-edge resources, while helping to further develop the EU's neuroscience powerhouse. This includes access to resources for sharing, integrating and storing brain data, as well as software for brain simulation, analysis and modelling.
Umeå University will contribute to EBRAINS by making available molecular, cellular, morphological and physiological research data, including imaging data from PET and MRI, as well as developed analysis tools and computer models.
“We will seek to benefit from access to specialised and very powerful computational resources, help with data structuring and annotation," says Per Peterson of the Department of Integrative Medical Biology.
“My own group has just developed a new technique to annotate our physiological data with anatomical coordinates with high precision - this will probably be the first service that we now intend to integrate into EBRAINS," says Per Petersson.
EBRAINS is a new digital research infrastructure, created by an EU-funded project to promote brain-related research and to help translate the latest scientific discoveries into innovation in medicine and industry.
Based on cutting-edge neuroscience, it offers a comprehensive range of brain datasets, atlases, modelling and simulation tools, easy access to high-performance computing resources and to robotics and neuromorphic platforms.
All academic researchers have open access to EBRAINS's state-of-the-art services. Researchers from the private sector are also welcome to use the platform under specific agreements. EBRAINS is part of the roadmap of ESFRI, an organisation working strategically to strengthen European research infrastructures.