Last month, the European Brain Council (EBC) was able to provide feedback and input to the European Commission on the draft of the “First Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022 of the Health Cluster”. An overarching first response to the draft Work Programme was composed, representing the views of the brain research community as a whole. The Horizon Europe Health cluster aims at improving the understanding of health and diseases, developing innovative methodological and technological solutions to better manage health and diseases and designing sustainable approaches for the digital transformation and delivery of integrated, person-centred and equitable health and care services. EBC generally welcomes the programme, which includes relevant areas that relate to neurological and mental diseases within several calls. However, though the document mentions “non-communicable diseases” and “mental health/illness”, there are very few references to neurological diseases and no further prioritization of brain disorders reflected within the calls, which we see as a worrying oversight.
The Consultation answer was discussed also in the framework of Share4Brain Translational Meeting that took place online on 28th and 29th September and provided the occasion to meet virtually not only all the partners of the project, including CVBF, but also the representatives of different Patient Associations of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Here you can find the letter from EBC and the summary of the Consultation answer.
“Sharing Good practices for Brain Education in Europe” (Share4Brain) is a Erasmus+ project, coordinated by the Belgian Brain Council, that will draw the attention of the academic and general public as well as relevant state institutions to the importance of the development of basic and clinical research in neuroscience to ensure better prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
The Share4Brain project aims to unite patients, brain researchers, scientists, clinicians and carers at a national level and to provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary to promote brain research and raise awareness about the societal impact of brain diseases.
CVBF is involved in the implementation of training activities and sharing of good practices through workshops and translational meetings. On October 2021, in occasion of the World Brain Day, CVBF will organise the final project meeting in Bari.
More information is available on the official Share4Brain website.