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Europe spends 150 million euro on brain research

By Tim Sandle     May 3, 2013 in Health
For this May’s European Month of the Brain, Europe has announced funding of around 150 million euros for 20 new international brain research projects.
The projects are being directly funded by the European Commission (EC) and the funding adds considerable sums of money already spent on brain research, taking the total to 1.9 billion euros allocated since 2007.
The aim of the European Month of the Brain, according to an EC press release, is to highlight European research and innovation in the area of neuroscience, cognition and related areas. The EC will be hosting around fifty international events, designed to promote brain diseases and to encourage research.
According to European figures, around 165 million Europeans are likely to experience some form of brain-related diseases during their lifetime (this includes Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative or age-related mental disorders). The cost of treating those affected is also estimated to be .5 million euros every minute.
The events during the month include two major conferences. The first, in Brussels on May 14, will showcase European projects in the field and outline future scientific challenges, while a conference on European foresight policy for brain research and healthcare will be in Dublin, held jointly with the Irish EU Presidency, on May 27-28.
A detailed list of all projects and country-specific funding figures can be found in a new publication called Brain research supported by the European Union 2007-2012.
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