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FENS Forum 2022 – Special Interest Session & Networking Event: “Brain capital and the young generation” 

Tuesday 12 July 2022 at 18:45-20:30, Hall G

Session moderated by FENS President, Prof. Jean Antoine Girault, and EBC President, Prof. Wolfgang Oertel


Mental health disorders cannot be ignored, nor can their devastating impact on families, communities, and lives. The cost of not acting is tremendous. There is a need to improve the efficiency of brain health and care pathways, prevent avoidable deaths and implement cost-effective solutions. 

Youth is the future. However, recent studies underscore the severity of the mental health challenges children and adolescents face that can lead to disability, disease, and death. There are numerous unmet needs along the care pathway, although effective early detection and interventions exist. Navigating the mental health services system is often complex for families, due to services that are fragmented or disrupted. According to the OECD (2018), the total costs of mental ill-health are estimated at more than 4% of GDP – or over 600 billion€ – across the 28 EU countries. And the burden is increasing. The Covid-19 pandemics exacerbated the situation. Policies and programmes to prevent and mitigate the negative impacts on schooling, employment, mental health, and risky behaviors are therefore paramount. The accumulation of human and social capital must start at a young age as the brain develops rapidly during early childhood and adolescence. Moreover, early cognitive, and non-cognitive skills and health capabilities lead to enhanced effectiveness of later investment.  

As a result, by building a strong foundation, investing in optimal interventions tailored to the young generation advances socio-economic development. The EBC and FENS – in collaboration with the OECD, UNESCO, WHO – will convene a meeting at the FENS Forum 2022 in Paris, France to address these challenges. 


Topic  Speaker  Approximate time 
Introduction : neuroscience and brain development  Prof. Jean Antoine Girault, FENS President  5 mins 
EBC Brain Health Definition: overview challenges   Prof. Wolfgang Oertel, EBC President  5 mins 
Brain capital: accelerating responsible innovation  Prof. Harris Eyre, Co-Founder of the PRODEO Institute and Co-Lead of the OECD Neuroscience-inspired Policy Initiative  10 mins 
EBC Joint Value of Treatment Study on Mental Disorders  Ms Vinciane Quoidbach, EBC Research project manager  5 mins 
Anorexia Nervosa care pathway 

in Europe 

Prof. Philip Gorwood, Hôpital Sainte-Anne, GHU Paris Psychiatrie et Neurosciences, Université de Paris, France  5 mins 
Autism in children: economic analysis of promising interventions  Dr Michela Tinelli, London School of Economics, United Kingdom   5 mins 
Care pathways for people with 

major depressive disorder 

Prof. Allan Young, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, United Kingdom  5 mins 
Precision psychiatry  Dr. Joachim Scholpp, Global Head of Translation Medicine CNS & Emerging Areas, Boehringer Ingelheim  5 mins 
Mental disorders and youth, a WHO perspective  Dr Ledia Lazeri, Regional Advisor for Mental Health at WHO Regional Office for Europe   5 mins 
Education and the brain  Dr Anna Cristina d’Addio, Senior Policy Analyst (Thematic Lead) 

Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO  

5 mins  
Wrapping-up   Dr William Hynes, Head of the New Approaches to Economic Challenges Unit (NAEC), OECD   5 min 
Discussion moderated by Prof. Jean Antoine Girault, FENS President and Prof. Wolfgang Oertel EBC President (30’) 
Reception (30’) 


For more information on the Value of Treatment project: The Value of Treatment project on mental disorders have just released summaries of case study results and call to action on the occasion of Brain Awareness Week 2022 – Thematic: #Together4MentalHealth with a focus on youth, visit https://www.braincouncil.eu/value-of-treatment-project-releases-first-results-and-calls-to-action-on-the-occasion-of-brain-awareness-week-2022/ 

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