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Neuroinformatics and personalized health care

Tentative data: Thursday November 26, Nijmegen.
Most brain diseases have multifactorial underlying causes of small-effect size and often result in a large variability in the patient group. Therefore, individuals with a brain disease will benefit from personalized health care, whose aim is to improve the accuracy of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment based on personal qualitative and quantitative traits. Recent technological advances, such as genetic profiling, brain scans and smart wearable devices yield large and complex data sets. They allow novel ways of measuring and monitoring patients, but remain underutilized. During this symposium we discuss how these technologies can be integrated and used for personalized health care. Business and science will meet to see if these technologies can be applied to achieve predictive value that is beyond the existing diagnostic and prognostic testing methods.

Workshop Promoting data sharing in dementia research

A joint INCF-OECD workshop "Promoting data sharing in dementia research" will be held 20 – 21 September 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. The aim of this workshop is to bring together policy-makers, funders, and leading scientists to consider the barriers to data sharing in relation to dementia research and to begin to identify practical steps that can be taken to advance data sharing in this field.

XNAT Neuroimaging Data Management meeting, August 22-23 2015

XNAT is an open source web-based system to manage neuroimaging and related study data. Data providers can upload data (from local files or from a PAC system) into XNAT, and share it with collaborators with various access levels. XNAT is actively developed as part of the Human Connectome Project, and is widely used in research centers that process MRI data.

Neuroinformatics congress 2015 in Cairns, Australia

INCF presents: Neuroinformatics 2015 in tropical Cairns, Australia, August 20-22!
Topics include neuroimaging, workshops on small- and large-scale brain initiatives and neuromorphic computing, posters, and demos of tools for neuroscience research.
Confirmed keynote speakers are Teiichi Furuichi, Thomas Lippert, Miguel Nicolelis, John Reynolds and Angela Sirigu.
Submit your abstract by May 31 here:
Register at

Functional Source Imaging and Clinical Multimodal Imaging meeting in Utrecht

10th International Symposium on Noninvasive Functional Source Imaging of the Brain and Heart
2nd International Conference on Basic and Clinical Multimodal Imaging
September 1- 5, 2015, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Submit abstracts and register at the congress website

Keynote lectures will be delivered by:
Jean Gotman
Sabine van Huffel
Christoph Michel
Risto Ilmoniemi.

FLAG-ERA funding opportunities

FLAG-ERA is a European initiative to streamline the matching funding
that is made available by local funding bodies to support the
Graphene and Human Brain Project (HBP) flagship projects.

This offers both current and new partners the opportunity to apply for
funding in the context of the HBP. Some of the rules:

Atlas infrastructure and registration tools workshop

Whether you work in brain imaging, EEG, or with slice preparations, establishing the position of your measurements involves the use of brain atlases. In this workshop, we look at progress that has been made in this field, with a particular emphasis on infrastructure and workflows that allow individual researchers to establish the location of their measurements and compare them with publicly available data. The workshop consists of two parts. In the morning session, atlasing experts present their work, tools and outlook. In the afternoon session, neuroscientists are invited to meet up with the atlasing experts to test and discuss whether the tools meet their requirements.

Neurovation symposium October 6-7 in Utrecht

The 4th Neurovation symposium ( will be held on October 6-7, 2014 in the conference center of het Muntgebouw in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The theme of Neurovation 2014 is “Technological applications in neurocognition” and it concerns the measurement and influencing of the brain using non-invasive or invasive technologies.

Tell FENS what course you would like them to organize

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) is in the process of revamping and extending its training program for (post)graduates in Neurosciences. In addition to having two seasonal schools each year, a brand-new CAJAL FENS-IBRO training program will start in 2015. This high level program of hands-on training will make use of two training sites, one in Lisbon, Portugal (Champalimaud) and one in Bordeaux, France (University of Bordeaux/hospital, CNRS, INSERM, INRA).

Role of Dutch researchers in the Human Brain Project

The recently launched European Human Brain Project (HBP) aims to have a full computer simulation of a functioning human brain ready in ten years. In the ramp-up phase, which covers a 30 month period, three Dutch groups are active. A considerable amount of funding for the HBP is available through open calls, and we are happy to announce that the HBP recently increased its footprint in The Netherlands by adding five members to the consortium (Leiden UMC, KNAW, Synaptologics BV, Univ. Maastricht, UvA).