Brain Health Summit 2024

From managing neurological disorders to promoting Brain Health in Europe

7 May 2024

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The European Brain Health Summit 2024 focuses on the holistic approach to brain health, addressing the management of neurological disorders, preventive strategies, and public awareness. The theme interlinks various discussions from understanding the high burden of neurological diseases in Europe, advocating for more research, to implementing proactive health measures. The programme will also cover the importance of mental health, as well as climate change impacts and gender, diversity, and inclusion issues.

We are pleased to announce the presence of Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians at this year’s Summit.

The event will highlight how collaboration among healthcare professionals, policymakers, and academics to improve brain health outcomes.

While in-person attendance is by invitation, a global audience can engage through a live stream available on social media and, facilitating widespread participation and discussion.


Moderator:  Jacqui Thornton

8:00Registration and Welcome Breakfast   

Networking opportunity with light breakfast

9:10Opening Session 

Opening words
Jacqui Thornton, Moderator 
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Welcome address
Paul Boon, President of European Academy of Neurology 
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A parent’s personal story
Gudrun Schumacher, Board Member of Swiss Dravet Syndrome Association
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9:30Keynote Talk 

Johan Van Overtveldt, Member of European Parliament
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9:50Brain Health: From Diagnosing and Treating Neurological Disease and Brain Research to Prevention and Promoting Brain Health  

The burden of neurological disease in Europe, why is it so high?
Claudio Bassetti, Past-President of European Academy of Neurology 
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The European Strategic Research Agenda 2024, why do we need more neurological research in Europe?
Elena Moro, President-Elect of European Academy of Neurology
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Brain Health and The Brain Health Mission, a roadmap to improved brain health in Europe
Paul Boon, President of European Academy of Neurology 
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10:40Networking, Coffee and Tea 
11:30Presidential Panel Discussion:  Global Neurology & Brain Health 

Paul Boon, President of European Academy of Neurology 

Riadh Gouider,Honorary President of Pan Arab Union of Neurological Societies, Founding and member of African Academy of Neurology

Carlayne Jackson, President of American Academy of Neurology

Wolfgang Grisold, President of World Federation of Neurology

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12:20Lunch break
13:30Brain Health, Mental Health & Society

Mental health and brain health, 2 sides of a coin
Peter Falkai, Past President of European Psychiatric Association
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How climate change impacts brain (neurological) health
Jacques Reis, Vice - Chair Environmental Neurology Specialty Group, World Federation of Neurology
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How gender, diversity and inclusion impact brain health
Marianne de Visser, Co-chair of Coordinating Panel on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, European Academy of Neurology
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Economic Costs of Neurological Disorders and the potential benefits of promoting brain health
Thomas Berger, Chair of Scientific Committee European Academy of Neurology
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Keep Calm and Study Neuroscience
Jan Schadrack, Therapeutic Area Head Neuroscience and Rare Diseases Roche
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14:45Voices of Resilience: Patient Perspectives on Brain Health

Kevin Quaid, Co-Founder of Lewy Body Ireland
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15:30Coffee Break 

Brain Health Policy Panel: Putting Brain Health at the Centre


Tarun Dua, Head of Brain Health Unit, World Health Organisation

Stephanie Kramer, Deputy Executive Director of European Brain Council

Claudio Bassetti, Chair of Swiss Brain Health Plan, Past President of European Academy of Neurology 

Mika Pyykkö, Executive Director of Finnish Brain Association

Matilde Leonardi, Board Member, Italian Society of Neurology, Chair of Communication Committee European Academy of Neurology

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16:30Closing Remarks and Future Directions

Paul Boon, President of European Academy of Neurology 

Elena Moro, President - Elect of European Academy of Neurology

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16:45Closing reception

Event Details

7 May 2024
9:10 – 16:45 CEST


Paleis der Academiën 
Auditorium of the Royal Academy of Medicine 
Brussel, Belgium 

Live Broadcast 

In-person Attendance is by invitation only

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