Brain Health Summit 2022

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

15.14 Brain Health on All Levels

Moderator: Matilde Leonardi

  • Brain Health: Importance of Prevention and European Cooperation
    Vlastimil Válek, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Health, Czech Republic

15.23  Coffee Break

15.34  Brain Health on All Levels (continued)

  • Brain Health: New Opportunities
    John Ryan, Acting Deputy Director General Health, European Commission

  • Tarun Dua, The World Health Organization’s (WHO) – Head of Brain Health Unit: Department of Mental Health and Substance Use

16.01  National Plans for Brain Health

Moderator: Matilde Leonardi

  • Henrik Peersen, Secretary general Norwegian Brain Council, Norway,
    Brain Health Strategy: Experiences from Norway

  • Claire Paquet and Joel Ankri, France

16.24 International collaborations for Brain Health (roundtable)

Joke Jaarsma, President European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA)
Wolfgang Grisold, President World Federation of Neurology (WFN)
Wolfgang Oertel, President European Brain Council (EBC)
Paul Boon, EAN President-Elect
Claudio Bassetti, EAN President

16.59 Concluding Remarks

Claudio L.A. Bassetti, Switzerland, EAN President

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European Brain Health Summit

Tuesday May 31, 2022, 14.00 – 17.15 CEST

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