On the occasion of the 78th United Nations General Assembly, the European Brain Council in collaboration with the Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Brain Capital Alliance, the Brain Health Nexus and supporting partners hosted a Brain Health & Research Day on 18 September 2023 at the Harvard Club of New York City as part of the Science Summit, bringing together over 150 key stakeholder organisations all committed to the same goal: fostering and enhancing global collaboration in the brain area, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of people living with brain conditions, neurological and mental alike.

In line with the Science Summit’s core focus of examining policy, regulatory and financial environments needed to implement and sustain the science mechanisms required to support global scientific collaborations, the Brain Day event highlighted the existing partnerships, roadmaps and potentials of extended global collaboration specifically in the brain area, in the case of neuroscience but also in addressing brain disorders, neurological and mental alike.

Across the globe, society is facing brain challenges like never before—improving the health and well-being of citizens has become the top priority for many governments and brain health should not be left behind. Brain disorders, neurological and mental alike, are pervasive and pernicious diseases that are often difficult to treat. Enhancing global brain research collaboration can spur innovation and quicken effective outcomes to the benefit of people living with brain conditions everywhere. Over the last few years, EBC has served as a convener for experts in the brain community to share best practices, exchange ongoing work and align priorities to forge a joint path forward to understand and address the brain rather than in silos across continents.

Monday’s event included panel discussions and presentations from speakers and attending guests representing brain-related organisations from all over the world, including the Dana Foundation, TReND in Africa Outreach Programme, European Academy of Neurology, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, American Heart Association, Simons Foundation, Michael J. Fox Foundation, AARP as well as representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), the NIH-National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (USA), Committee on Science, Innovation, and Technology of the Argentinian Parliament (Argentina), The Academy of Science (Malaysia), the EU Representation to the United States and a special video address from EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides – all to name a few of the important stakeholders in the room and part of the conversation.

In order to move past discussion and work towards explicit and tangible next steps in solidifying global efforts in brain research, EBC held this full day event in order to cover a number of important areas for action, with as many relevant actors involved, and to release a Call to Action on Putting Brain Health on the Global Agenda to guide national, regional and global policymakers towards better addressing brain health in the future, particularly as they prepare for the post-Sustainable Development Goals era with the Summit of the Future 2024 and the High Level Conference on the UN NCD Strategy 2025. The Call to Action, launched at the end of the event, reflects the urgent calls from the brain community – highlighting the priorities to address the burden of brain disease and improve brain health in the future and outlines a set of calls to the United Nations and Member States. Read it now and help spread the word within your network and Member State representatives.

On 19 September 2023, a second brain-focused event was held, Brain Capital Building @ UNGA: Brain Deals to Harness AI and Drive SDG Implementation by 2030, which EBC was happy to be part of. As The Lancet Neurology put it when they highlighted EBC’s event in an article marking the kick-off of the 78th United Nations General Assembly: “during the countdown to 2030, for countries to achieve the SDG to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”, more emphasis on brain health will be crucial,” and holding two brain-related events at the start of UNGA78 couldn’t have been more timely to argue this very important point. “Without solidarity with, and consideration for, the billions of people affected by brain diseases worldwide, it will be difficult to “rebuild trust” and accelerate action to achieve the SDGs.”

Official Aftermovie

Full Event Replay | Part 1

Full Event Replay | Part 2

Photos from the Brain Health & Research Day

Previous Events

Global Partnerships in Brain Research – Brain Awareness Week 2023

On 16 March 2023, the European Brain Council (EBC) held its annual Brain Awareness Week event, this time with a full-day programme focused around Global Partnerships in Brain Research, showcasing ongoing work to enable dialogue and foster further collaboration within the community. The event was a perfect opportunity for participants to learn from their peers located all over the world through panel discussions, presentations and networking opportunities throughout the day.

Enhancing global collaboration in the domain of research and innovation is key for effectively addressing today’s societal challenges and improving the health and well-being of citizens. This is particularly true for brain disorders, including both neurological and mental conditions, which are widespread and highly disabling diseases that are often difficult to treat. It is crucial to explore how global research collaboration can support brain research in a meaningful way, to the benefit of people living with brain conditions across the globe.

EBC holds roundtable on Global Partnerships in Brain Research at the Science Summit @ UNGA77

On 26 September 2022, in the framework of the Science Summit at the 77th United Nations General Assembly, the European Brain Council and Cohen Veterans Bioscience, in partnership with the Brain Capital Alliance and OECD Neuroscience-inspired Policy Initiative convened a meeting on Global Partnerships in Brain Research in New York, USA.

Bringing leaders in neuroscience around the table, the meeting highlighted existing global partnerships and aimed to explore collaboration and alignment in the brain research space for the future.

 EBC Sessions at Digitalscience@UNGA75

The sciencedigital@UNGA75 series of virtual side events organised within the context of the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA75) was held from 24 September to 2 October 2020. The central theme of these activities was to advance awareness of the role and contribution of science and digital technologies to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In this context, EBC hosted two side sessions, on the topic of “The Potentials of Increased Collaboration in Science: examples from the brain community” exploring how global research collaboration can support brain research in a meaningful way, to the benefit of patients across the globe. The second session that EBC coorganised with the European Federation of the Neurological Associations (EFNA) and the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) was entitled “Do the SDGs address the global burden of disease? A focus on regional health and research policies”. This session highlighted the importance of an integrated and all-encompassing approach to brain health.