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Name of Collaboratory :


BrainNet Europe


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 2001 End Date : Info Last Updated : Mon, Nov 1 2010 6:01pm PDT

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Data Systems  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Distributed Research Center  

Domain(s) :

  BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Biological Sciences >Biomedical Sciences, BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Biological Sciences >Pathology, Human and Animal  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


BrainNet Europe is a consortium of brain banks in mainland Europe and UK which commenced activities in 2001, expanding to the present grouping in 2004. Today, the network comprises 18 full member brain banks, two associated brain banks and the company GABO:mi, responsible for public relations. Individual brain banks within the BNE consortium focus on different CNS disorders. BNE is coordinated by the Centre for Neuropathology and Prion Research Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. It is divided into 25 workpackages.


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Access to Information Resources :

  BNE provides a forum for rapid spread of expertise relating to brain banking techniques, both within the consortium and to the wider neuroscience community.

BNE has an extensive stock of human CNS tissue samples registered in a modern database, which is only accessible to BNE Members.

Access to People as Resources :

  They had two international BNE conferences, one in 2006 and one in 2008.  

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

European Commission

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:
BrainNet Europe is a "Network of Excellence" funded by the European Commission in the 6th Framework Program "Life Science" (LSHM-CT-2004-503039).

Organizations with Funded Participants:
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
Aarhus University
Associated member (Aarhus Brain Collection)
University College London
   Department of Molecular Neuroscience (University College London)
Queen Square Brain Bank
Universit‡ di Bologna - University of Bologna
   Department of Neurological Sciences (University of Bologna)
Consortium member
Foundation of the Carlo Besta Neurological Institute, IRCCS
Consortium member
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Consortium member
Hospices Civils de LYON
Consortium Member
Imperial College London
Consortium Member (UK Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons Disease Tissue Banks)
King's College, London
   Institute of Psychiatry - King's College London
Consortium member
Karolinska Institutet
Consortium member (Brain Bank at Karolinska Instituet)
Medical University of Vienna
Consortium member (Institute of Neurology)
Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
   Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN)
Consortium member (Netherlands Brain Bank - NBB)
Semmelweis University
Consortium member (Human Brain Tissue Bank Budapest)
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie et Universite Denis Diderot
Consortium member
University of Athens
Consortium member
University of Barcelona
Consortium member; Associated member (Neurological Tissue Bank)
University of Edinburgh
Consortium member
University of Kuopio
Consortium member (Kuopio Brain Bank)
University of Würzburg
Consortium member
Ludwig Maximilians University (University of Munich)
   Zentrum für Neuropathologie und Prionforschung (University of Munich)
Project office; Brain Bank Munich

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
The Network Governing Board is the principal decision-making body of the Network and consists of all researchers and graduate students working for this Network.

The Network Area Boards are management groups for the work packages. The chairpersons manage the Network Areas and are members of the Network Co-ordination Committee.

The Network Co-ordination Committee is the supervisory body of the research activities which report to and are accountable to the Network Governing Board.

The IPR Council is the panel of arbitration with power to decide disputes amongst the Parties concerning Intellectual Property Rights.

The Co-ordinator is the intermediary to the Commission who is authorised to execute the Network management. He reports to and is accountable to the Network Co-ordination Committee.

The Project Office (=BrainNet Europe Office) is the central office of the BrainNet Europe II. The Project Office is based at the co-ordinator in Munich. It is concerned with organization and coordination, data handling, information of BrainNet Europe II members and the general public.

The Co-ordinating group is composed of five members of the network and shall support and advise the Co-ordinator in management related matters.

Associated Partners can join the BNEII Consortium, if they are approved by at least three quarters of the votes of the Network Governing Board. They do not receive funding and have no right to vote. They may attend meetings of the Network Governing Board at their own expense and they are invited to contribute to interlaboratory trials or other activities of BNEII. They have signed the BNE consortium agreement, the BNE Code of Conduct and abide by these provisions.


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