EBC – European Brain Council
Setting the scene for discussion and raising awareness of neuroscience research in Europe.
EJN is publishing the 2011 version of Consensus Document on European Brain Research (European Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 33, pp. 768–818, 2011). The Consensus document on European Brain Research, prepared by European Brain Council - EBC in collaboration with more than 200 European scientists and patients organizations, contains both proposals for future research programmes and describes the needs and achievements of research in Europe.
The document highlights the need for strong basic research in neuroscience and the development of a strong European platform for brain research which is needed to address brain diseases, representing nowadays a societal emergency in European countries. The present document represents an update to the 2006 Consensus Document, reflecting changes in research priorities and advances in brain research that have taken place since 2006.
Multinational and multidisciplinary teams have once again come together to express their views, not only on what needs to be done, but also on the current strengths in European research, hoping that once again the Consensus document could inspire policy makers and stakeholders in directing funding for research in Europe.