A Special Session on “Severely affected patients in neurology and psychiatry: Detecting – Managing – Refining” was held as a virtual meeting on 24th May 2020.

Many commonalities exist in both neurology and psychiatry as regards to the management of patients living with severe neurological or mental diseases, conditions that can have a great impact on the lives of those affected. In light of this, the session brought together various perspectives on common aspects and challenges as regards the diagnosis, management and refinement of treatments and long-term specialist care of severely affected patients across the spectrum of brain diseases.



The session was chaired by Ms. Joke Jaarsma, President of the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) and Treasurer of EBC. Speakers included:

  • David B. Vodusek, European Academy of Neurology – The Perspective of Neurology
  • Philip Gorwood, European Psychiatric Association – Similarities in Psychiatry
  • Bruno Dubois, Salpétrière University Hospital – National plans against neurodegenerative diseases in France and management of severe patients