Paradise was an EU funded project under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The objective of PARADISE was to develop and test an innovative approach to collect clinical data on the psychosocial difficulties that people experience when they suffer from brain disorders. The key to this approach — which we call ‘horizontal epidemiology — is that the problems people have to deal with are not linked to the specific diagnosis of the condition they have but are actually problems that people with very different brain conditions — we look at dementia, depression, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson´s Disease, schizophrenia, stroke and substance use disorders — have in common. If we are right about this, this way of collecting information would profoundly change how we organize and deliver services to people with brain disorders across Europe, improving their lives and life opportunities.

The European Brain Council was responsible for the project dissemination, creating and maintaining its website and organizing the final PARADISE conference on 20 February 2013.