The Global Preclinical Data Forum provides a communication (and technological) platform for a dialog related to modern issues in preclinical research with the goal of enhancing the data utility for clinical research and development.

Strategic Objectives

The goal of the Global Preclinical Data Forum is to address the reproducibility challenge by identifying what is needed from preclinical models for clinical trials to succeed.

This is facilitated by encouraging a global collaboration of preclinical researchers to systematically advance the status of preclinical research through the identification and sharing of best research practices, the development and implementation of novel data quality standards and providing training to the neuroscience community. 

To achieve this goal, we will:

  • Engage the committed community of preclinical scientists from academia and industry
  • Establish a community forum that enables the exchange, collaboration, development and dissemination of best preclinical research practices
  • Focus on the interplay of preclinical data robustness and methodology (e.g., study design and statistical methods)
  • Contribute to formalizing the science of translatability
  • Build a data exchange and information repository


Global PDF — Core Steering Committee:

Anton Bespalov, MD, PhD 
Co-Founder of Partnership for Assessment and Accreditation of Scientific Practice

Thomas Steckler, MD 
Associate Director, Bioresearch Quality Compliance, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV

Magali Haas, MD, PhD 
President and CEO, Cohen Veterans Bioscience

Chantelle Ferland-Beckham, PhD 
Senior Director, External Affairs, Cohen Veterans Bioscience

Elena Koustova, PhD, MBA 
Director, Office of Translational Initiatives and Program Innovations (OTIPI), National Institutes of Health

Sabine Hölter-Koch, PhD
Head, Behavioral Neuroscience Team, Helmholtz Zentrum München

Martien Kas, PhD 
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Groningen

European Preclinical Data Forum:

Chair, Sabine Hölter-Koch, PhD

Co-Chair, Chantelle Ferland-Beckham, PhD 

U.S. Preclinical Data Forum:

Chair, Magali Haas, MD, PhD

Co-Chair, Chantelle Ferland-Beckham, PhD

Co-Chair, Elena Koustova, PhD, MBA