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

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

Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway

Kristine Waldhoved and Anders Fjell 

Frisch Centre for Economic Research, Norway

Ole Rogeberg 

Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway

Gun Peggy Knudsen

Vitas, SME, Norway

Christian A Drevon and Thomas E. Gundersen


Center for Functional Brain Imaging, Umeå University, Sweden

Lars Nyberg


Dep. Of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain, UK

Klaus Ebmeierand Heidi Johansen-Berg

Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Medical Research Council & University of Cambridge, UK

Rik Henson and Lorraine Tyler 


Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

Ulman Lindeberger, Andreas Brandmaier, Simone Kühn

Lubeck Interdisciplinary Platform for Genome Analytics, University of Lübeck, Germany

Lars Bertram


Neuropsychology Research Group, University of Barcelona, Spain

David Bartrés Faz 

The Netherlands

Department of Psychiatry, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Brenda Penninx


Methodology and Data Analysis Group, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Paolo Ghisletta 

Work Packages

WP 1: Stakeholder engagement 

WP 2: Data management and integration

WP 3: Tool development

WP 4: Demonstration

WP 5: Dissemination, exploitation, & communication

WP 6: Project management

WP 7: Ethics requirements


National Collaborators

Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg Hospital 

Michael Kjær

Department of Public Health, Copenhagen University

Ellen Garde