Ten priorities for national brain plans

2019.07.18 | MITT

Dear Colleagues, 

We are writing to you further to the meeting of the NBC Academy that was held in Dubrovnik (Croatia) on 9th-10th May 2019. On that occasion, the outcome of a survey held amongst the NBCs, highlighting “Ten priorities for national brain plans”, was presented. 

This document, published in the Croatian Medical Journal (CMJ, April 2019), introduces 10 priorities presented as the basis for developing National Brain Plans in Europe. The drafting was coordinated by the delegates and deputies of the Academy of NBCs to the Board of EBC: Prof. Pavle Andjus, Prof. François Mauguière, Prof. Roland Pochet and Prof. Jose Luis Trejo. The publication builds on the results of the “Questionnaire on the state of national brain health care” that was held during the first half of 2018.

The results are based on a limited number of responses and therefore, in agreement with members of the NBCs Academy, we decided to broaden the consultation by spreading through the capillary network of EBC members.

In this view, the proposed 10 priorities represent an excellent starting point to engage the discussion with a larger audience merging all the components  of brain research at large.  

The  questionnaire that was originally used can be accessed here and we kindly ask you to spread it as much as possible in order to collect the highest number of answers who will allow us to have a comprehensive vision of need of the community. This will be fundamental to provide accurate input for policy recommendations applicable across European countries. 

We would be grateful to you for sharing any feedback that you might have on the document by 31st August 2019.

Thank you very much in anticipation. We remain at your disposal should you require any further information. 

With kind regards,

On behalf of Monica Di Luca and Frédéric Destrebecq 

Marijn Scholte