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Université de Bordeaux
LabEx BRAINBordeaux Region Aquitaine Initiative for Neurosciences
Cluster of excellence


BRAIN also aims at developing major collaborations and large scale projects with other communities to further build its multidisciplinary actions. BRAIN maintains close relations with several other LabEx in Bordeaux, including the medical imaging community TRAIL, the clusters laser&optics Laphia and computation CPU. Strong links are built with international communities, based on existing collaborations, International Laboratories Associates (Optinutribrain nutrition et santé du cerveau, NutriNeuro and Université Laval (Québec), the signature of a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with The Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Calgary, Canada and maintains close links with Bristol Neuroscience, the Neuroscience Department of the University of Bristol.


LabEx BRAIN’s reputation and excellence allow for the accumulation of c.a. 10M€ of co-funds per year from various sources. This is a direct consequence of the considerable increase in the number of collaborative projects seeded by the LabEx. Indeed, the LabEx BRAIN supports about 10 new projects each year, 61 having been financially supported in total. Thanks to the core facility program, high-end technical equipment and qualified services are available to a variety of research disciplines, from molecular and cellular biology and cellular imaging up to animal and rodent behavior.


In order to connect basic research to societal issues, the transfer strategy developed within the LabEx BRAIN encourages the creation of new start-ups based on results and technologies emerging from BRAIN laboratories.