EBC Executive

Monica Di Luca - EBC President

Prof. Monica Di Luca


Monica Di Luca, EBC President, is Professor of Pharmacology and Head of Laboratory of Pharmacology of Neurodegeneration – DiSFeB at the University of Milano.

Her primary research interest is related to synaptic plasticity in physiological and pathological conditions, with the primary aim to apply basic findings to the cure of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

She has been member of Council of several national and international scientific organizations including Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS, President 2014-2016), the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), EMBO and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB).

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Wolfgang H. Oertel - Vice President

Wolfgang H. Oertel, MD, PhD


Prof. Oertel is Hertie-Senior- Research-Professor (2014-2022), Professor for Neurology and former Chairman (1996-2014) at the Dept. Neurology, Philipps University Marburg, Germany.

Prof. Oertel has served as president (2007-2011) of the German Parkinson Society (DPG), as board member (2009-2014) and president (2011-2012) of the German Society for Neurology, treasurer (2001-2002) of the International Movement Disorder Society (MDS), chairperson (2007-2009) of the European section of MDS and president (2013-2015) of the International REM-Sleep Behaviour Disorder Study Group, an organization he founded in 2009. He is treasurer of the European Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Study group (2014-2017). He coordinates the European Affairs Sub-committee (EASC) of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN). Since 2015 he is member of the high level advisory group “Scientific Panel for Health (SPH)” to the European Commissioner for “Research and Innovation”.

Prof. Oertel’s main field of scientific interest are neurodégénérative disorders such as Alzheimer dementia, Parkinson’s disease (PD) and related disorders. In parallel he also keeps a strong interest in RLS. He has reviewed over 750 scientific publications.

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Patrice Boyer - Vice President

Prof. Patrice Boyer, MD, PhD


Prof. Patrice Boyer is a past President of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) and current Vice-President of the European Brain Council. He is Professor of Neurosciences and Psychiatry at the University Paris-Diderot (France) and Professor of Psychiatry and post graduate studies (geographical) at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is the Secretary General of the French Congress of Psychiatry, a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the main foundation for research in psychiatry in France (Fondamental) and a member of the editorial board of European Psychiatry. Prof. Boyer was previously the co-Chairman of the Master and Doctorate courses for neurobiology at the Universities of Paris 5 and Paris 7 and the advisor for psychiatry in the then newly created INSERM thematic institute (ITMO Neurosciences).

Joke Jaarsma - Treasurer

Joke Jaarsma


Joke Jaarsma is EBC Treasurer and President of the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA). In 2009 she started the European Alliance for Restless Legs Syndrome, an organization which now represents all major European patient groups for RLS. She still works with them as Director of External Relations. Furthermore, she also is a member of several scientific panels at the European Academy of Neurology.

In her working life, Joke Jaarsma was senior publisher at one of the major science publishers. She joined the Dutch Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) patient association in 1999, and she is still active as Vice President of the Dutch group.

Having finished full-time paid employment, she decided to spend her retirement in helping give neurology patients a strong and collective voice.

In Memoriam

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