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Press release04 Apr 2023

EBRAINS welcomes Fonds de Dotation Clinatec as new associate member

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The membership went into effect on 1 January 2023. It will give FDDC the opportunity to co-design future iterations of EBRAINS’ cutting-edge tools and services. These state-of-the-art capabilities – which cover data sharing, atlasing, modelling, simulation, high-performance computing, and neurorobotics – aim to help European researchers to address major challenges in brain health, benefiting from insights into data science, brain organization, and artificial intelligence gathered from the EU Flagship Human Brain Project.

Clinatec, the Edmond J. Safra Biomedical Research Center, was created in 2010 by CEA, Université Grenoble-Alpes and Inserm, both members of EBRAINS, together with Grenoble Alpes University Hospital. Its goal is to use technological research to improve the health of patients suffering from disabilities and neurological diseases affecting the brain. Clinatec brings together technologists, biologists, and clinicians to provide proof of concept and biocompatibility for medical devices and diagnostic tools based on CEA micro-nanotechnologies.

The Fonds de Dotation Clinatec (FDDC), created in 2014, operates on two levels: first, it acts as a fund that transfers the donations it receives from major donors to research organizations and mainly the CEA, and second, it acts as an operating fund that carries out research and development projects on its own behalf; these projects are selected by an international scientific board chaired by Prof. Magistretti, from EPFL, Lausanne. When acting as an operator, FDDC uses Clinatec's technological facilities and skills, which are built around three complementary platforms: (i) technological, (ii) biological and preclinical, and (iii) clinical, all of which are necessary to demonstrate the biocompatibility, robustness, and reliability required to establish proofs of concept and clinical protocols in the biomedical and medical device sectors.

The Fonds de Dotations Clinatec’s activities are bridging neurosciences and clinical applications through technologies. They are aimed at evaluating the value of physical stimulation of brain cells for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. The study of the modes of action at several scales of electrical stimulation, near-infrared illumination, and localized cooling, as well as the related medical devices, are currently under intensive investigation. The digital tools and services made available by EBRAINS will be carefully considered in this study.

Professor Pierre Magistretti

We're very pleased to welcome Fonds de Dotation Clinatec as an associate member at EBRAINS. It brings with it substantial experience in the initiation of research and development projects in the field of neuroscience and neurotechnology. Clinatec shows outstanding leadership in optimizing deep brain stimulation methods and the technique of photobiomodulation which uses light in the near infrared range to improve neuronal function and survival in a range of neurological conditions.

Paweł Świeboda


EBRAINS is a new digital research infrastructure (RI), created by the EU-funded Human Brain Project (HBP), to foster brain-related research and to help translate the latest scientific discoveries into innovation in medicine and industry, for the benefit of patients and society.

It draws on cutting-edge neuroscience and offers an extensive range of brain data sets, atlasesmodelling and simulation tools, easy access to high-performance computing resources and to robotics and neuromorphic platforms.

All academic researchers have open access to EBRAINS’ state-of-the art services. Industry researchers are also very welcome to use the platform under specific agreements. For more information about EBRAINS, please contact us at or visit

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About the Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is the largest brain science project in Europe and stands among the biggest research projects ever funded by the European Union. It is one of the three FET Flagship Projects of the EU. At the interface of neuroscience and information technology, the HBP investigates the brain and its diseases with the help of highly advanced methods from computing, neuroinformatics and artificial intelligence and drives innovation in fields like brain-inspired computing and neurorobotics.

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