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Aims and scope

Fluids and Barriers of the CNS is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that considers manuscripts on all CNS fluids and barrier systems in health and disease.

Fluids and Barriers of the CNS is affiliated to the International Brain Barriers Society (IBBS) and the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders (ISHCSF). 


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Article collections

Thematic series
Brain barriers and their microenvironment: Emerging models and techniques
Edited by Danica Stanimirovic, Britta Engelhardt, Elizabeth de Lange

Thematic series
Hydrocephalus: Promoting research for improved outcomes

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Latest supplements

Hydrocephalus 2017 - The Ninth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders (Hydrocephalus Society)
Meeting abstracts
Kobe, Japan. 32-25 September 2017

20th International Symposium on Signal Transduction at the Blood-Brain Barrier
Meeting abstracts
Kraków, Poland. 13-15 September 2017

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About the Editors

Lester R Drewes, Editor-in-Chief

Lester Drewes is currently Professor  of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School, and past President of the International Brain Barriers Society. Read more

Hazel C Jones, Editor-in-Chief

Hazel Jones is Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, King's College London and lately Courtesy Research Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Florida. Read more

Richard F Keep, Editor-in-Chief

Richard Keep is currently Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan. He is also Director of the Crosby Neurosurgical Laboratories and Associate Chair for Research in Neurosurgery. Read more

Society affiliations

International Brain Barriers Society (IBBS)

Fluids and Barriers of the CNS is an official journal of the IBBS: a scientific and educational non-profit organisation advocating scientific and clinical research on the biological barriers in the central nervous system.

International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders (ISHCSF)

Fluids and Barriers of the CNS is an official journal of the ISHCSF: a non-profit organisation that aims to advance the art and science of clinical care and research into hydrocephalus and CSF disorders, and promote the best possible care for patients.

All IBBS and ISHCSF members are eligible for a 25% discount when publishing with Fluids and Barriers of the CNS.

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Lester R Drewes, University of Minnesota, USA
Hazel C Jones, King's College London, UK
Richard F Keep, University of Michigan, USA

New thematic series

Stephen B. Hladky and Margery A. Barrand, 2018

CNS Fluid and Solute Movement: Physiology, Modelling and Imaging.

Knowledge of the diverse routes and functions of fluid and solute movement in the CNS has implications for many devastating and currently incurable neurological diseases.  The subject has become an area of intense research and debate. This thematic series aims to bring together a collection of current papers on all aspects of fluid movement in the brain, helping to address current controversies.

Presubmission enquiries welcome.

Journal News

We are very pleased to announce that FBCNS has been accepted for indexing in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) database, one of the major databases of the Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) Web of Science. 

We expect that our first Impact Factor will be announced in summer 2019.

Latest Review

Comorbidity of diabetes mellitus in idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus: a systematic literature review

Miles Hudson, Caden Nowak, Richard J. Garling and Carolyn Harris

Featured Article

Effect of extradural constriction on CSF flow in rat spinal cord

Joel A. Berliner, Thomas Woodcock, Elmira Najafi, Sarah J. Hemley, Magdalena Lam, Shaokoon Cheng, Lynne E. Bilston and Marcus A. Stoodley

Scimago journal rank

FBCNS is ranked in the top quartile of the Developmental Neuroscience, Neurology and Neuroscience subject categories, by SCImago Journal Rank.

2018 Travel Bursary Awards

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the prizes for best oral or poster presentations awarded at Hydrocephalus 2018, Bologna, Italy.  

  • 1st: Saniya Mediratta (sponsored by ISHCSF)
  • 2nd: Simon Agerskov (sponsored by FBCNS)
  • 3rd joint: Anne Benninghaus (sponsored by FBCNS)
  • 3rd joint: Claudia L Craven (sponsored by FBCNS)

Find out more about the awards and this year's winners here.

Forthcoming meetings

1st Joint AAPS-IBBS Workshop: Novel Approaches Targeting Brain Barriers for Effective Delivery of Therapeutics

June 26-29, 2019
Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida

June 25-28, 2019
Cerebral Vascular Biology

September 11 – 13, 2019
22nd International Symposium on Signal Transduction at the Blood-Brain Barriers

September 13-16, 2019
Hydrocephalus 2019


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