Access to facilities

The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging is a joint initiative of the Amsterdam academic institutes to create an advanced MRI infrastructure. We welcome the use of the Centre’s facilities, in particular 3 and 7 Tesla MRI, by academic, as well as industry or commercial partners.As a facility, The Spinoza Centre follows guidelines set out by European Commission as set out in its ‘European Charter for Access to Research Institutions’ document.
There are different means to gain access to the facilities:

  • Research collaborations, where Spinoza Centre staff is actively involved in a project, with the goal of joint publications and other IP (defined in European Charter as ‘Excellence-driven access’ mode)
  • Market-driven access – as defined in the EC Charter – where a fee for equipment use and provided services is agreed upon between the Spinoza Centre and the other party. This form of access is primarily intended for commercially-sponsored research where the sponsor wishes to retain confidentiality in the results.
  • Establish role as Spinoza Centre partner, similar to established founding partners
  • Access to the facilities can be realized remotely or in a virtual collaboration, with Centre staff carrying out the project.

The Spinoza Centre actively supports access to the facilities by

  • providing skilled operators and/or training for independent use of the research equipment
  • providing expertise in all phases of a project: devising collaborative project plans, setting-up of experiments, data collection and subsequent analysis and reporting
  • providing permanent data storage (with remote access) as well as access to a computational infrastructure for analysis purposes

More information on how to obtain access, available services and pricing can be obtained by emailing:

Research collaborations

The Spinoza Centre for neuroimaging welcomes collaborations seeking imaging solutions to basic, diagnostic and translational breakthrough research in human neuroscience. Public-private partnerships in Neuroscience are to the mutual advantage of all partners involved as the brain is simply too complex to be investigated from a single vantage point. Rather, a combination of experts from various backgrounds and the use of complementary disciplines and technologies will help to advance neuroscience knowledge and its applications towards future CNS therapies.

The mission of the Spinoza Centre is to add value to the neuroscience community -academic, clinical and entrepreneurial neuroscience stakeholders- engaged in the study of the living human brain by offering easy access to state-of-the-art MRI equipment.

The Spinoza Centre hosts clinicians from the nearby academic hospitals involved in psychiatric and neurological disorders, neuroscientists interested in cognition and its disorders, sleep and its disorders, and consciousness as well as pharmacologists involved in the evaluation of pharmacodynamic efficacy in specific brain compartments.

The Spinoza Centre is supporting neuromarketing research, and will be of use to establish target engagement or proof-of-principle data for therapeutic practice or for existing and experimental drugs in healthy volunteers as well as in patient populations. Furthermore, the Spinoza infrastructure itself can be used to innovate data acquisition and data processing methods.

No restrictions

Collaborative opportunities with the Spinoza MRI infrastructure are not restricted to human neuroscience but  extend towards any and all relevant tissues and organs that could benefit from MRI imaging platforms. Last but not least, we also welcome technology-driven proposals for testing and optimizing devices that are to be compatible with strong magnetic fields, data capture and data interpretation solutions.

Academic Research collaborations

The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging is an initiative of the combined Amsterdam academic neuroscience community. These groups are the main users. However, we welcome any and all research collaborations seeking imaging solutions to basic, diagnostic and translational programs. For this, the Spinoza Centre provides easy access and is affordable for science programs.

For multi-modality in vivo research projects, the Spinoza Centre collaborates with the Amsterdam UMC Research Imaging Core Center (RICC). The aims of RICC are cooperation and facilitation of clinical and pre-clinical imaging research by organization and assurance of research processes and facilitation of research innovation. RICC offers a wide variety of imaging solutions based on top level expertise and state-of-the-art equipment.