May 2013 will be the European Month of the Brain. The European Commission has organised a full programme of activities and conferences to raise awareness on the importance to keep supporting brain research. On 14/5 there will be a free conference in Brussels with four speakers on eHealth.

Month of the Brain

Understanding the human brain and its diseases has always been one of the greatest scientific and philosophical challenges. During the last decades, brain research has made great progress on all fronts but much more is still to be discovered.

Health ICT, or eHealth, plays a key role in this. It can help in understanding how the brain works, disease prevention, diagnosis and therapy of brain diseases. The Month of the Brain will showcase the benefits, added value and impact of EU-supported research in this area of research. And it will define the next scientific challenges for brain research.

14/5/2013 Free conference in Brussels: "European Brain Research, Successes and Next Challenges". More info here.

At this conference (open to the general public, free of charge, on a first-come-first-served basis) four speakers in particular will be addressing the brain from a ICT point of view. The projects they are part of were funded by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

  • Professor Henry Markram, EPFL, CH (Human Brain Project): "Modelling the brain in health and disease".
  • Prof. António Dourado, University of Coimbra, PT (Epilepsiae): "EEG-portable device for the prevention and management of epileptic crises".
  • Prof. Maria Teresa Arredondo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ES (PERFORM): "How technology can help Parkinson's disease patients". 
  • Mr. Felipe Miralles, Barcelona Digital Centre Tecnològic, ES (BrainAble): "Connecting the disabled to their physical and social world"

The European Commission invested heavily in brain research through its Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development. The period 2006-2012 saw an investment of almost EUR 2 billion, to fund 1.269 projects and 4.313 scientists.