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As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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
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

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 25% discount when publishing with Fluids and Barriers of the CNS.

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Brain Barriers Virtual 2020 (BBV2020) Seminar Series

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The Brain Barriers Virtual 2020 (BBV2020) seminar series provides a forum for all brain barrier scientists world-wide to come together online during the current global crisis. The seminar series is free for anyone to attend, and we are excited to provide a platform for speakers to present their work and for the community to participate and discuss brain barriers science from the safety of their home offices.

Seminars will be held via
ZOOM each Wednesday at:
· 12:00 PM EDT
· 9:00 AM PDT
· 6:00 PM CEDT

Free Participation.
Please sign up for updates by sending your name, email
address, career stage, and affiliation to

Organizers: Bjoern Bauer, Anika Hartz, and Brandon Kim


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

Journal News

We are pleased to announce that the official impact factor of FBCNS increased from 3.727 in 2019 to 4.470 in 2020.

2019 thematic series

© John J. Jamieson et al., 2019

Advances in in vitro modeling of the blood-brain barrier and neurovascular unit.

Our latest series address advances in in vitro modeling, including original research, reviews and commentaries (e.g. on future directions). Papers address the utility and limitations of such models in relation to BBB physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology.

2018 thematic series

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

This series brings together papers focusing on all aspects of fluid movement in the brain, helping to address current controversies in an area of intense research and debate.

Latest Review

The potential role of microvascular pathology in the neurological manifestations of coronavirus infection

M. A. MacLean, L. Kamintsky, E. D. Leck & A. Friedman 

Featured Article

Non-invasive measurement of choroid plexus apparent blood flow with arterial spin labeling

Li Zhao, Manuel Taso, Weiying Dai, Daniel Z. Press & David C. Alsop 

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

Fluids and Barriers of the CNS Young Investigator Awards have been suspended for 2020 and will return in 2021 when international conferences resume.

Forthcoming Conferences

26th Annual Blood-Brain Barrier Consortium Meeting; Portland, Oregon, USA on March 12-13, 2020. Rescheduled - the new dates will be March 11-12, 2021. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Barriers of the CNS Gordon Research Conference; Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire, USA on June 14-19, 2020. Withdrawn and rescheduled for 2022. 

12th Meeting of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders; Hydrocephalus 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden September 11-14, 2020. Postponed until September 10-13 2021.  In the meantime, the Society has scheduled a series of 6 Global Webinars on hydrocephalus starting November 20th 2020, with accreditation. 

Hydrocephalus Society Global Webinar Series Program

International Symposium on Signal Transduction at the Blood-Brain Barriers; Bari, Italy, September 23-25, 2020. This conference has been re-scheduled for 22-23 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.

Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida; 64th Annual Meeting 2020 – Doha, Qatar, November 4 – 7.

Cerebral Vascular Biology meeting Uppsala, Sweden, 2021, June 20-24.

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