About BRAINnet

The goal of BRAINnet is to expand our knowledge on what constitutes healthy development of the brain across all ages and what goes awry when brain disorders occur. To accomplish this goal BRAINnet has formed a global consortium of investigators, and provides them with access to multiple types of data acquired from the same individuals.  The immediate goal of access to each set of data is to write a specific paper for peer-reviewed publication. The topic of this paper is approved by the BRAINnet membership working in the same or related areas.

BRAINnet was established in 2003 as a global linkage of scientists, based in five founding sites. Since 2003, the member network has grown substantially. Publication output has reached an average of one paper per week, with many published in leading scientific journals such as Molecular Psychiatry, Journal of Neuroscience, Neuropsychopharmacology, American Journal of Psychiatry and Biological Psychiatry.

BRAINnet Foundation was set up in 2011 as a result of the global growth in membership and outcomes and the need to fully understand the brain. The goal of the BRAINnet Foundation is to accommodate the growth of BRAINnet as a transparent and independent network that facilitates scientific outcomes and their benefits to the wider community. The BRAINnet Foundation is an independent, non-profit entity providing the stewardship and governance of BRAINnet operating via this website.

The outcomes sought by BRAINnet are to understand the human brain in all its strengths and fragilities, and to apply this understanding to mental health problems: their causes, treatment, and ultimately their prevention.

Who can join BRAINnet?

In order to become a member of BRAINnet you must:

  1. Complete the online registration form, which includes name of existing member of BRAINnet who is nominating you.
  2. Acknowledge and accept the terms of BRAINnet on your own behalf and/or on behalf of your organization, and agree to comply with any changes that the BRAINnet Executive and membership may make to the terms from time to time.  Members will always have the capability to remove themselves from participation in BRAINnet, via written/emailed advice to the BRAINnet administrator

BRAINnet Membership: You may join BRAINnet as either an Individual member, or as a PhD/Student member. Further details on BRAINnet membership can be found on the page What to Expect as a Member.