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.

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