31 May 17. BRAINS position paper
Practical recommendations from the BRAINS (Brain Imaging in Normal Subjects) Expert Working Group
BRAINS Biobanking workshop position paper - free access
Improving data availability for brain image biobanking in healthy subjects: Practice-based suggestions from an international multidisciplinary working group
Brain Image Biobanking
Brain imaging is now ubiquitous in clinical practice and research. The case for bringing together large amounts of image data from well-characterised healthy subjects and those with a range of common brain diseases across the life course is now compelling. This report follows a meeting of international experts from multiple disciplines, all interested in brain image biobanking.
We now have a growing number of electronic databanks including brain imaging, that are available, either from dedicated cohorts e.g.
or collections of studies e.g.
The need for an international network
The aim is to maximise the benefit of the image data, provided voluntarily by research participants and funded by many organisations for human health; to ensure databanks are registered on a publicly accessible registration website and for an international registry for neuroimaging studies or databanks to be developed.
Truly global, inter-regional initiatives are achieveable, in order to make full use of neuroimaging to understand the brain across the life-course.
The group's ultimate vision would be that a federated network of brain image biobanks accessible for large studies of brain structure and function, is created.
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