officers of EBC were elected from its founding members:
- European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS)
- European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA)
- European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP)
- Global Alliance of Mental Illness Association Networks
- European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)
- Allgemeine OrtsKrankenkasse (AOK).
The EBC Board of Directors is constituted as follows:
- president Jes Olesen (EFNS)
- vice-president Mary G. Baker (EFNA)
- secretary-general Julien Mendlewicz (ECNP)
- treasurer Peter Buschmann (AOK)
Two associate members were also elected to the Board of
Directors: Rodney Elgie (GAMIAN) and Lars Sundstrom (EANS). The EBC-Office will be located
at the EFNS Branch Office in Florence, Italy and Mrs. Evelyn M. Sipido was appointed
administrative officer to EBC. The address and contact details of the EFNS Branch office
can be found below.
The Board of Directors decided on the priorities and
working plan of the newly constituted European Brain Council. The priority areas of work
of EBC will be:
- Implementation of the already excellent collaboration with
the EC and with Mr. Busquins cabinet in particular, in order to secure the presence
of brain disorders as a research area within the 6th Framework Programme.
- Insist on the importance of a separate programme on
brain research within the forthcoming 7 th Framework Programme. EBC will ask
to be actively involved from the very beginning in the preparation of the working
documents for the 7th Framework Programme.
- Working together with the European Parliament on decisions
directly related to brain research through the constitution of a group of
Parliamentarians for Brain Diseases.
- Gather data on the cost of brain diseases through the
project Cost of Disorders of the Brain in Europe. This project wants to be the
response to the explicit request by the EC for such data as, up to date, no specifically
European data on the costs of brain disorders are available.
- Write a position paper describing the major brain diseases
and the importance of the contribution of basic research to the improvement of the quality
of life of those living with/affected by these conditions. This position paper will report
exclusively on European examples of research.
EBC will invite a permanent representative of the World
Health Organization (WHO) to its meetings and the possibilities of an official working
relationship with WHO will be explored.
EFNS Branch Office
c/o University of Florence
Dept. of Pharmacology
Viale Pieraccini 6
B I-50139 Florence
Phone: +39 055 43 62 098
Fax:+39 055 42 71 280