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About ebrain

Welcome to the ebrain e-learning programme, a gold standard in interactive online learning for professionals in the neurosciences.

ebrain is a non-profit raising initiative and is brought to you by the Joint Neurosciences Council which is a registered charity. ebrain represents the world's largest, most comprehensive web-based training resource in clinical neuroscience.

    • Can be used by both trainees and trainers to support continuous professional development across all neuroscience specialties.
    • Certificates are provided that can be used within portfolios and to evidence self-directed CME.
    • CPD points can be claimed.
    • Incorporates 650+ interactive, multimedia-rich lessons in 24 modules, along with 100+ webinars, virtual case reports, practice examinations, learning paths and a bibliography.

Led by Dr Adrian Wills, Mr Nitin Mukerji, and Dr Amit Batla, the 500+ contributing clinicians form part of a multi-disciplinary team of expert authors and reviewers drawn from all areas of the neurosciences, both in the UK and across Europe.

European Academy of Neurology Joint Neurosciences Council Barrow Foundation UK
European Academy of Neurology Joint Neurosciences Council Barrow Foundation UK

History 

ebrain was developed in 2010/11 with enormous contributions from all the UK neuroscience specialties and the European Academy of Neurology. A list of contributors can be found here. The programme was launched in Nov 2011 with 550 elearning sessions. Subsequently, Neuroradiology and Spinal surgery have been added and there are now over 650 elearning sessions covering Neurology, Paediatric Neurology, Neurophysiology, Neurosurgery, Neuropsychiatry, Neuropathology, Neuroanaesthetics, Spinal surgery, Stroke medicine, Neuro-opthalmology, Neuro-otology, Neurorehabilitation, Primary Care Neurology and Spinal cord injury medicine. More recently, the team has been focussed on developing different ways to present the content including virtual patients, bibliographies, question banks and webinars. There has been an annual formative practice test in Neurosurgery since 2014, and the Neurology formative test began in 2017. In 2016, ebrain was recognised by the Royal College of Physicians as an awarder of CPD points. In 2017, we embarked on an updating programme and added formative tests in Neurology as well as Neurosurgery. We can also provide online components of residential courses and have developed the team with new members.

Charitable and not for profit

ebrain is wholly owned by the Joint Neurosciences Council. The Joint Neurosciences Council is a UK registered charity. Charities are legally barred from making a profit and all proceeds have to be reinvested in achieving the aims of the charity. No payments are made to authors, reviewers, module editors or clinical leads and there is no commercial sponsorship of this programme.


Supporting Organisations

ebrain is supported by all the partner organisations listed below.  Access to ebrain is provided to members of the partner organisations.
European Academy of Neurology 

Access via www.ean.org.

Detailed login instructions can be downloaded here.  

University College London 

Please visit the online prospectus page to apply for the MSc in Clinical Neurology via distance learning   

Joint Neurosciences Council  

Access via this link.

    • British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology
    • Association of British Neurologists
    • Society of British Neurological Surgeons
    • British Neuropsychological Society
    • British Association of Stroke Physicians
    • British Neuropsychiatry Association
    • Royal College of Psychiatrists
    • British Neuropathological Society
    • British Association of Audiovestibular Physicians
    • British Association of Spinal Cord Injury Specialists
    • British Society of Neuroradiologists 
    • Neuro Anaesthesia & Critical Care Society
    • Primary Care Neurology Society
    • Paediatric Neurology Association
    • British Neurooncology Society
    • The International League Against Epilepsy - British Chapter

Module editors

Functional Neuroanatomy

Mr Pragnesh Bhatt

Consultant Neurosurgeon at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. He takes a multidisciplinary team approach to degenerative spinal conditions.

Surgical Principles and Techniques

Mr Sanjeeva Jeyaretna

Consultant Neurosurgeon and Lead for the Oxford University Hospitals Skull Base Surgery Programme.

Core Radiology

Dr Stuart Currie

Consultant neuroradiologist at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust with interests in adult neurology and neuro-oncological imaging. 

Headache and Pain

Dr Andrew Dowson

Clinical Lead for the East Kent Headache Service and has clinics both at the Princess Royal University Hospital and in the Community in Bromley Kent as well as a private headache clinic in Guildford, Surrey. 

lschaemic Vascular Disease

Dr Thomas Gattringer

Assistant professor and consultant for neurology and neurointensive care at the University Hospital of the Medical University of Graz, Austria.

Dr Sreeman Andole

Divisional Director and Clinical Lead in Stroke Neurosciences Specialist Medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Haemorrhagic Vascular Disease

Mr Mario Teo

Consultant Neurosurgeon and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Bristol Institute of Clinical Neuroscience, North Bristol University Hospital, 

Head Injury                                                             

Mr Kevin Tsang

Consultant neurosurgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Major Trauma Surgeon at the Major Trauma Centre of St Mary's Hospital and also as a General Neurosurgeon at Charing Cross Hospital. 

Transient Loss of Consciousness and Epilepsy

Professor Rob Powell

Consultant Neurologist in Morriston Hospital, Swansea and Honorary Chair at Swansea University Medical School.

Dr Antonio Gil-Nagel

Director of the Epilepsy Program at Hospital Ruber Internacional, in Madrid, an international referral centre for epilepsy, specialized in diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy in adults and children.

Dr Laura Mantoan

Adult epileptologist at King’s College Hospital. 

Neurological Infections

Professor Tom Solomon

Chair of Neurological Science at the University of Liverpool and Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections.

Neuro-inflammatory Diseases

Dr Declan Chard

Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, with a specialist interest in multiple sclerosis (MS) and other inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system.

Professor Tom Berger

Head of MedUni Vienna’s Department of Neurology and President of the Austrian Society of Neurology (ÖGN) for the next two years. Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN).

Neurodegeneration

Alexander Foulkes

Consultant Neurologist running a cognitive disorders clinic at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and general neurology clinic at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, as well as general neurology clinics at Watford General Hospital and St Albans City Hospital.

Catherine Pennington

Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at The University of Edinburgh.

Movement Disorders

Professor Kailash Bhatia

Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Clinical and Movement Neuroscience Department at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, London and an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the affiliated National Hospital for Neurology.

Dr Anna Sadnicka

Trainee Neurologist at St George’s University of London with an interest in neural control of movement and how this is disturbed in movement disorders. 

Coma and Sleep

Dr Guy Leschziner

Consultant neurologist within the Department of Neurology and Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, and at London Bridge Hospital, the Cromwell Hospital.

Dr Sofia Eriksson

Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery with a special interest in sleep disorders.

Neuro-ophthalmology

Zhaleh Khaleeli

Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology, UCLH where she runs specialist clinics in both MS and Neuro-ophthalmology. At Watford General Hospital she sees general neurology patients in clinic and on the wards.

Neuro-otology

Dr Diego Kaski

Consultant Neurologist at the University College London Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. 

Diseases of the Autonomic Nervous System

Dr Ellen Merete Hagen

Consultant neurologist in the autonomic unit at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Dr Valeria Iodice

Honorary Associate Professor in Neurology at University College London and Clinical and Academic lead at the autonomic unit at the National hospital for neurology and neurosurgery.

Spinal Trauma

Mr Simon Tizzard

Spine Surgeon of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesbrough. 

Spinal Tumours

Mr Nikolay Peev

Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital regional Neuroscience unit in Belfast trust.

Elective Spinal Disease

Mr Navneet Singh

Consultant neurosurgeon at St George’s NHS Foundation Trust and has clinical interests in neuro-oncology and paediatric neurosurgery as well as general neurosurgery including spine and trauma.

Tumours and Cysts

Professor Sebastian Brandner

Professor of Neuropathology at the Division of Neuropathology, Institute of Neurology, University College London and Honorary Consultant Neuropathologist at University College London Hospitals.

Mr Andy Brodbelt

Consultant neurosurgeon and the lead for neurooncology at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation trust, and an honorary senior clinical lecturer at Liverpool University.

Professor Riccardo Soffietti

Professor of Neurology and Neuro-Oncology at University of Turin, Italy. 

Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Pathologies

Mr Greg James

Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Neuro-rehabilitation and Spinal Injury Rehabilitation

Professor Steven Laureys

Professor of Neurology & Director at Coma Science Group, University of Liège, Belgium.

Dr Fahim Anwar

Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.

Neuropsychiatry

Dr Alasdair Rooney

Consultant neuropsychiatrist, NHS Lothian and Principal Investigator, CCBS, University of Edinburgh.

Neuropsychology

Prof. Dr. Christoph Helmstaedter

Psychologist and professor for clinical neuropsychology at the University of Bonn Medical Center, Germany. Head neuropsychologist in the Department of Epileptology and the Mauritius neurorehabilitation center in Meerbusch, Germany.

Dr Juri-Alexander Witt

Clinical neuropsychologist and researcher in the Department of Epileptology at the University of Bonn Medical Center.

Neuropaediatrics

Dr Daniela Pohl

Paediatric neurologist and associate professor of paediatric neurology at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.