Brain Health Summit

European Brain Health Summit

Tuesday May 31, 2022, 14.00 – 17.15 CEST

The European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Brain Health Strategy will greatly contribute to the resilience of Europe’s Healthcare system by not only reducing the burden of chronic neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, stroke, epilepsy, through a preventive medicine approach but by further enhancing treatment and rehabilitation through more neurology research. In collaboration with its 47 national neurological societies and its more than 45,000 members, it aims to integrate a ‘One brain, one life, one approach’ into neurology care across Europe. 
As COVID-19 continues to test the resilience of Europe’s healthcare systems, it is vital to ease the growing burden of neurological disorders.  The recent development of National Brain Health Plans in several EU members states has brought much needed political momentum to this issue, and with Brain Health being brought to the EU agenda via the 2022- 2023 Trio presidency, it is sure to feature as key component of healthcare strategy in the near future.

This event will address the following key questions:

  • What is brain health & how does it relate to neurology and other fields of healthcare?
  • How can an approach centred on Brain Health improve healthcare outcomes in Europe?
  • What is the current landscape of Brain Health initiatives in Europe?
  • What is the future for Brain Health in the EU?



14.00 Welcome

Claudio L.A. Bassetti, Switzerland, EAN President

14.05 Patients’/Caregiver’s view 

  • Epilepsy, Francesca Sofia, Italy

  • Long Covid, Anke Salmen, Switzerland

  • Multiple sclerosis, Julia Polai, Austria

14.30 Neurology 2022: Time for action 

  • The burden of neurological disorders in Europe
    Paul Boon, Belgium, EAN President-elect

  • The EAN brain Health Strategy
    Claudio L.A. Bassetti, Switzerland, EAN President

15.00 Brain Health and the European Union 2022-3

Moderator: Matilde Leonardi

  • Olivier Véran, Minister for Solidarity & Health, France

  • Vlastimil Válek, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Health, Czech Republic

15.30  Coffee Break

15.40  Brain Health: New Opportunities

John Ryan, Acting Deputy Director General Health, European Commission

16.00  National Plans for Brain Health

Moderator: Matilde Leonardi

  • Henrik Peersen, Secretary general Norwegian Brain Council, Norway

  • Claire Paquet and Joel Ankri, France

16.20 International collaborations for Brain Health (roundtable)

Joke Jaarsma, EFNA
Wolgang Grisold, WFN; Wolfgang Oertel, EBC
Paul Boon, EAN; Claudio Bassetti, EAN

17.00 Concluding Remarks

Claudio L.A. Bassetti, Switzerland, EAN President

European Brain Health Summit

Tuesday May 31, 2022, 14.00 – 17.15 CEST

Online Event -  Registration Required


  • Neurologists, EAN members
  • Public & patients 
  • Policymakers
  • All EAN partner societies 
  • All EAN National societies
  • Pharma companies

Participation is free-of-charge.­ 
Join this online event by registering above.