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Human Brain Proteome Project




The Human Brain Proteome Project (HBPP) is an initiative from and for neuroproteomics researchers working in the fields of neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, neurosurgery, and brain oncology. HBPP promotes large-scale and targeted state-of-the-art proteome studies on human brain, brain-related body fluids such as CSF, pre-clinical models, and follow up projects to decipher the role of proteins in brain development, health and disease.

Current lines of work:

  • Methodological approaches:
  • Brain tissue based neuroproteomic profiling
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) neuroproteomic profiling
  • Peripheral blood neuroproteomic profiling
  • Autoimmune profiling of CNS disorders

Clinical areas:

  • Neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. the dementias, movement disorders)
  • Psychiatric disorders (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depressive disorder)
  • CNS cancers
  • Traumatic brain injury

Initiative approach:

  • Connect neuroproteomic scientists and provide opportunities for new collaborations
  • Identify molecular mechanisms and biomarkers involved in neurodegeneration and psychiatry.
  • Understand the environment around the healthy human brain.
  • Develop new strategies and methodological approaches for neuroproteomics
  • Promote quality benchmarks for neuroproteomic research

    HBPP Steering Committee

    • Charlotte Teunissen (Chair) VU University Medical Center Amsterdam
    • Katrin Marcus (Co-Chair) Ruhr University, Bochum
    • Daniel Martins-de-Souza, University of Campinas, São Paulo 
    • Helmut E. Meyer, ISAS – Leibnitz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften, Dortmund 
    • Peter Nilsson, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm 
    • Oliver Schubert, University of Adelaide 

    Award For Prof. Daniel Martins-De-Souza

    Serrapilheira Institute is the first private nonprofit institution created to promote science and increase its visibility and impact in Brazil.

    Their first call was directed to identify and support the best young researchers in Brazil. According to its President, Dr. Hugo Aguilaniu, they looked for those who are posing the big questions in their fields.

    There were almost 2000 submitted projects, from which they selected 65. These will receive R$ 100,000.00 (near US$ 31,000.00) for one year. The Institute will selected 10 to 12 out of the 65 to receive R$

    1 million (near US$ 310,000.00) for additional three years.

    Daniel Martins-de-Souza, member of the HBPP steering committee, is one of the 65 awardees. His project uses neuroproteomics to understand the molecular basis of schizophrenia and to identify protein biomarkers in patients´ blood which could predict antipsychotic response.

    The Lab of Neuroproteomics (University of Campinas, Brazil) is a multidisciplinary group that bases their investigation on psychiatric disorders in proteomics. To explain their work to the general public, they created the following video. Lab of Neuroproteomics, UNICAMP, Brazil video

    Upcoming B/D-HPP Workshop

    29th Human Brain Poteome Project Workshop
    May 27-28, 2019
    Amersterdam, The Netherlands 

    Past Workshops

    26th HUPO Human Brain Proteome Project Workshop
    During the HUPO 2016 congress in Taipei, Taiwan

    25th HUPO Human Brain Proteome Project Workshop
    May 3-4, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden
    A summary of the HBPP workshop can be seen here.

    27th HUPO Human Brain Proteome Project Workshop
    May 9-10, 2017 in Bochum, Germany

    28th The Human Brain Proteome Project (HBPP) Workshop
    May 8-9, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. 

    The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) 

    For more information or participation opportunities please contact office(at)hupo.org.

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