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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
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)

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

Journal News

We are pleased to announce that FBCNS now has an official Impact Factor of 3.727. 

Call For Papers

© John J. Jamieson et al., 2019

FBCNS is now welcoming submissions to our latest thematic series, focused on Advances in in vitro modeling of the blood-brain barrier and neurovascular unit.

Submission deadline: December 1st, 2019.

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 need for mathematical modelling of spatial drug distribution within the brain

Esmée Vendel, Vivi Rottschäfer and Elizabeth C. M. de Lange

Featured Article

The endo-lysosomal system of bEnd.3 and hCMEC/D3 brain endothelial cells

Andrea E. Toth, Simone S. E. Nielsen, Weronika Tomaka, N. Joan Abbott and Morten S. Nielsen

Scimago journal rank

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

2019 Travel Bursary Awards

New Content Item

We are pleased to announce the winners of prizes for best presentations sponsored by FBCNS at the Cerebrovascular Biology Meeting in Miami, Florida, June 25-28, 2019.

  • Natasha O'Brown
  • Julia Schulz

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

Forthcoming meetings

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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