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VirtualBrainCloud project holds kick-off meeting in Berlin

Friday 25 January 2019

The representatives of the Horizon2020 funded VirtualBrainCloud project met in Berlin for its kick-off meeting. The four-year project is coordinated by Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and brings together experts in computational neuroscience and systems biology. Alzheimer Europe contributes to the work packages dedicated to ethical and legal issues and to dissemination and coordination.

TheVirtualBrainCloud not only integrates existing software tools, it also merges the efforts of big EU initiatives, such as the Virtual Brain large scale simulation platform of the EU Flagship Human Brain Project. VirtualBrainCloud will develop and validate a decision support system that provides access to high quality multi-disciplinary data for clinical practice. The result will be a cloud-based brain simulation platform to support personalised diagnostics and treatments in Neurodegenerative Diseases.

The EU PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) initiative, will provide the required computing infrastructure. The VirtualBrainCloud will develop robust solutions for legal and ethical matters by interacting with EU projects such as European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), ‘cloud4health’, Alzheimer Europe and ELIXIR, an organisation that manages and safeguards EU research data.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 826421