A project on optimising the use of European brain imaging cohorts – Healthy minds for 0-100 years 

  • Funded by: EU/H2020

DRCMR is partner in the EU Horizon 2020 funded Lifebrain project ( Lifebrain is realized through close collaboration of major European brain research centers (see figure) and a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME: VITAS). Lifebrain will integrate 11 longitudinal and seven cross-sectional European, mostly population based cohort studies from 8 centers, investigating cognitive and mental health across the life-span. The main goal of Lifebrain is to identify determinants of brain, cognitive and mental health at different stages of life and to establish a solid foundation of knowledge for understanding how brain, cognitive and mental health can be optimized through the lifespan.

Lifebrain intends to link existing cohorts to national registries, biobanks and data from other large studies, and enrich them with new online data collection.

Working with stakeholders and health authorities, the project will provide the evidence base for policy strategies for prevention and intervention, improving clinical practice and public health policy for brain, cognitive and mental Health. 

Senior Researcher William Baaré from DRCMR is work package leader of work package 2: data management and integration.

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Lifebrain Partners

Norway - Lifebrain Coordinator   
Kristine Waldhoved                     Department of Psychology, University of Norway
Anders Fjell

Ole Rogeberg Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Gun Peggy Knudsen Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Christian A. Drevon Vitas, SME
Thomas E. Gundersen   

Lars Nyberg Center for Functional Brain Imaging, Umeå University

Klaus Ebmeier Dep. of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain

Rik Henson Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Medical Research Council & University of Cambridge
Lorraine Tyler  
Rogier Kievit  

Ulman Lindeberger Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Andreas Brandmaier  
Simone Kühn  

Lars Bertram Lübeck Interdisciplinary Platform for Genome Analytics, University of Lübeck

David Bartrés Faz Neuropsychology Research Group, University of Barcelona

The Netherlands  
Brenda Penninx Department of Psychiatry, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam

Paolo Ghisletta Methodology and Data Analysis Group, University of Geneva



Associated Publications

Walhovd KB, Fjell AM, Westerhausen R, Nyberg L, Ebmeier KP, Lindenberger U, Bartres-Faz D, Baare WFC, Siebner HR, Henson R, Drevon CA, Stromstad Knudsen GP, Ljosne IB, Penninx B, Ghisletta P, Rogeberg O, Tyler L, Bertram L. (2018). Healthy minds 0-100 years: Optimising the use of European brain imaging cohorts ("Lifebrain"). Eur Psychiatry. 50, 47-56.


William Frans Christiaan Baaré

Group Leader

Karam Sidaros

Louise Baruël Johansen

Hartwig R. Siebner

Lene Cividanes

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National Collaborators

Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg Hospital 

Michael Kjær

Department of Public Health, Copenhagen University

Ellen Garde

Erik Lykke Mortensen