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Population Research: What Do You Think About Your Brain?

"Every adult in Germany is invited to take part in an anonymous survey and thus share their thoughts with the survey and provide them with important information," explains Prof. Alfons Schnitzler, a Düsseldorf neurologist and chairman of the German Brain Council (GBC).

Brain diseases represent about one third of all diseases in the world. Despite recent research advances, the most important human organ still raises many questions. "Although many new therapies are being developed, there is a lack of information on individual brain awareness: organ knowledge, interest in brain disease prevention, and understanding of the nervous system," says Prof. Schnitzler. It is these points that are recorded in the survey and scientifically evaluated. At the end of the project, policy recommendations should be formulated to support citizens in their daily lives in individual prevention of stroke.

Transparent and accessible research

The project will be funded by the European Union's Horizont2020 Framework Program, sponsored by the EU-funded Lifebrain Consortium. Here, more than 40 scientists from 13 mostly university institutions work to improve brain health. At the top is the University of Oslo, where a technical research platform is set up in accordance with the DSGVO. The anonymous online survey is available in nine languages ​​worldwide and consists mainly of multiple-choice questions that can be answered in about 15 minutes. By August 2020, any adult may participate with any device that has Internet access. The survey results are then divided into expert circles and scientifically exploited and published in widely understood online and print media.

German Brain Council: A Voice for the Brain

The German Voice of the European Brain Council (EBC) is the non-profit German Brain Council ( It integrates current knowledge of the human nervous system and advises on social, political and scientific issues; In addition to physician associations, patient organizations are also represented in the GBC. GBC is supported by an advisory committee consisting of Prof. Bernd Huber (President of LMU Munich), prof. Veronika von Messling (Head of the Department of Life Sciences at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research), prof. Bernd Sommer (CNS Research at Boehringer Ingelheim) and Ottmar Wiestler (President of the Helmholtz Association).

According to an internet survey, the German Brain Council, founded in 2018, is setting an exclamation point in the fight for brain health. The conference "Brain health through life" will be held in Berlin on November 6, 2019. It will be organized in collaboration with the Consortium Lifebrain and the French study of Silver Santé, taking into account the issue of brain health in old age.
"An important long-term national goal of the German Brain Council is to establish a national brain disease plan," says Prof. Schnitzler.

German Brain Council seeks participation or dissemination of online survey.

Press contact
Press Office of the German Brain Council
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Tel .: +49 (0) 89 46148614, Fax: +49 (0) 89 46148625

German Brain Council (GBC)
is an alliance against nervous system diseases. About every fourth German resident has at least one psychiatric or neurological illness. This puts a heavy burden on our country: the national economy and the healthcare system, patients and their families. As an umbrella organization, GBC brings together the expertise of all experts in brain and nervous system disorders. GBC is developing solutions for a smart future. The German Brain Council currently has 16 charities.

President: Univ.-Prof. Dr. honey. Alfons Schnitzler
Vice-President: Univ.-Prof. Dr. honey. Peter Falkai
Secretary: Prof. Dr. Med. honey. Thomas Mokrusch
Office: Reinhardtstr. 27 C, 10117 Berlin, E-Mail:

Scientific contact:
Univ. Dr. honey. Alfons Schnitzler
President of the German Brain Council

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