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Who we are

Who we are

The European Brain Council (EBC) is a network of key players in the “Brain Area”, with a membership encompassing scientific societies, patient organisations, professional societies and industry partners.

A non-profit organisation based in Brussels, its main mission is to promote brain research with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of the estimated 179 million Europeans living with brain conditions, mental and neurological alike.

With the aim to speak with one voice, EBC stands as the platform to foster cooperation between its member organisations and other stakeholders, consistently promoting dialogue between scientists, industry and society. As showcased by its growing portfolio of projects, research and policy papers, as well as events, EBC emphasizes the importance of continued interaction with the European Institutions to build strong European health policies, raising awareness and encouraging education on the brain and the repercussions of neurological and mental health conditions on society as a whole.


EBC Executive


Prof. Monica Di Luca

Monica Di Luca, EBC President, is Professor of Pharmacology, Director of NeuroNest (Center of Neuroscience) 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). Full bio here


Vice President

Pedro Manuel Palma Leal Ortiz de Montellano

It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the sudden death of our dear colleague Pedro Montellano who unexpectedly passed away on 2 October, 2015. Pedro was the Vice-President of the European Brain Council and President of Gamian-Europe, the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Network. He was also a Board member, Executive Director and Treasurer of ADEB – Associação de apoio aos doentes depressivos e bipolares (Association for support of patients with depression and bipolar disease Portugal). Pedro was not only a colleague within delegations to EBC; he was for all of us a person full of dedication to the cause that he defended, and to many a true friend. We shall sorely miss his wisdom, knowledge and warm enthusiasm.

EBC Secretariat

Executive Director

Frédéric Destrebecq

Frédéric Destrebecq is the Executive Director of the European Brain Council since October 2014. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership while managing the day to day operations of EBC and its ongoing relationships with its member associations and other stakeholders, as well as representing the organisation in various European and national forums.

Prior to this position, Fred served the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) as Chief Executive Officer, and previously as Director for European Affairs. Fred holds a Master Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). He also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris) and University of Wales College (Cardiff), in the framework of the former EU Socrates exchange programme.

Honorary members

The European Brain Council is honoured and delighted that the following prominent European politicians, who have provided exceptional support and encouragement to the EBC since it was founded, have accepted Honorary Membership of our organisation and have expressed the wish to continue to support its aims and objectives in the years to come.

John Bowis, OBE
United Kingdom

Philippe Busquin

Jerzy Buzek
Professor, Poland

Octavi Quintana-Trias