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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). 


Article collections

Thematic Series
Advances in in vitro modeling of the blood-brain barrier and neurovascular unit
Fluids and Barriers of the CNS

Thematic series
CNS Fluid and Solute Movement: Physiology, Modelling and Imaging
Fluids and Barriers of the CNS

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

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Latest supplements

Abstracts from the 13th International Conference on Cerebral Vascular Biology (CVB 2019)
Meeting abstracts
Miami, FL, USA. 25-28 June 2019

Hydrocephalus 2018 - The Tenth Meeting of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders
Meeting abstracts
Bologna, Italy. 19-22 October 2018

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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


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

Society affiliations

International Brain Barriers Society (IBBS)

New Content ItemFluids 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 15% discount when publishing with Fluids and Barriers of the CNS.

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Journal News

We are pleased to announce that the official 2-year impact factor of FBCNS increased from 4.470 (2019 impact factor) to 7.662 (2020 impact factor).

New Thematic Series - Open for Submission

Genetic disorders and genetic manipulation at the blood-brain barriers

This series addresses how genetic mutations in humans can impact barrier and NVU function leading to pathology, how experimental gene deletion and overexpression studies provide insights into the barriers and NVU, and how model systems have advanced the field.

Latest Review

Exploring mechanisms of ventricular enlargement in idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus: a role of cerebrospinal fluid dynamics and motile cilia

Shigeki Yamada, Masatsune Ishikawa & Kazuhiko Nozaki 

Featured Article

Brain pharmacokinetics of two BBB penetrating bispecific antibodies of different size

Rebecca Faresjö, Gillian Bonvicini, Xiaotian T. Fang, Ximena Aguilar, Dag Sehlin & Stina Syvänen 

Scimago journal rank

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

Young Investigator Awards

2021 Young Investigator Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of the awards for best presentations sponsored by FBCNS for young investigators at Hydrocephalus 2021, the 13th meeting of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders (Hydrocephalus Society), 10-13 September virtual meeting.

•    Angel Enriquez (sponsored  by ISHCSF)
•    Kaito Kawamura
•    Abdel-Hameed Dabbour

Find out more about the winners here 

Forthcoming Conferences

Barriers of the CNS Gordon Research Conference; Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire, USA, June 12-17, 2022.

13th Meeting of the Hydrocephalus Society (International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders); Hydrocephalus 2021, Gothenburg,  Sweden,  Virtual meeting September 10-13, 2021. 

Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida; 65th Virtual Annual Meeting 2021 – Doha, Qatar, November 12.

Cerebral Vascular Biology meeting Uppsala, Sweden 2021 has been withdrawn and rescheduled for June 18 – 22, 2023 in Uppsala.

23rd International Symposium on Signal Transduction at the Blood-Brain Barriers; Bari, Italy, September 22-24 September 2021.

11th International Symposium on Neuroprotection and Neurorepair (ISN&N) and the 18th International Conference on Brain Edema and Cellular Injury (BEM); Berlin, Germany, October 5-7, 2020 This conference has been postponed until 2022.

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