The conference objective is to bring stakeholders together to discuss major brain diseases, i.e. stroke and Alzheimer disease in the societal context in order to highlight the imbalance between the societal and individual costs of brain disease, and the resources allocated to dealing with the problem, and to help build a more coordinated European research strategy to tackle it better in future.
An analysis of the burden and cost of the disease in question will take place, and will then allow patients, policymakers, scientists and doctors to have their say.
As a result, conference conclusions will be developed to make recommendations to the Member States to better tackle issues that are at stake.
Giving priority to studies on brain diseases will enable focusing on their importance, both in Poland and in the entire Europe. Giving priority to brain diseases should also result in improved understanding and greater public awareness of brain diseases, and consequently in decreased stigmatization, marginalization and social exclusion of sick people.
Implementing this priority supports the EU in the delivery of objectives of both health and social policies, and it should contribute to the delivery of the objectives stipulated in the Europe 2020 Strategy by supporting the employed in staying on the labour market, stimulating funds allocated to research and development, and measures addressing the inequalities in health.
Conference conclusions will be prepared and will give a list of very concrete suggestions of measures that will be aligned with conference goals such as suggesting year 2014 to be made the European Year of the Brain. Conclusions will be presented at the EPSCO Council in December 2011.
The main target participants will be politicians at a local and European level.
A number of EC Commissioners was invited as well as the President of the European Parliament and representatives of other EU bodies.
Member State governments were invited with a particular attention given to Poland, Denmark and Cyprus that are in the upcoming Presidential trio.
Apart from policy makers, other participants will include academia - scientists and clinicians, patients organisations in the field of ageing and brain disorders as well as non governmental organizations and civil society.
The conference will also aim at attracting Polish and European media.
Preliminary version of the program
Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union
1st European Day of the Brain
Ageing, Stroke, and Alzheimer�s Disease - Finding Innovative Solutions
Warsaw, Poland Friday, 18 November 2011
09.00am to 12.00pm Setting the Scene Chair: Dr. M. Baker and Prof. G. Opala
Opening & Welcome Ewa Kopacz, Polish Minister of Health
9.00am � 9.15am Dr. M. G. Baker, MBE President of EBC
9.15am � 9.30 am Polish President or Prime Minister (to be confirmed)
09.30am � 10.00am Prof. J. Buzek, President European Parliament
10.00am � 10.30am Mrs. M. Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research of the EC
10.30am � 11.00am EC - DG SANCO delegate - tbc
11.00am � 11.30am Prof. J. Olesen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Cost of Disorders of the Brain in Europe
11.30am � 12.00 J. Bowis, OBE (London, UK) Introduced by Dr. M. G. Baker
Ageing, Stroke, and Alzheimer�s disease � challenges for Europe
Lunch � 12.00 to 1.00pm
1.00pm to 4.00pm Science Meets Society Chair: M. Di Luca and D. Gauci
1.00pm � 1.20pm Societal lecture
Alicja Sadowska - (Warszawa PL) The role and significance of patient associations and carers � 20 min
1.20pm � 1.55pm
Ageing Martin Rossor ( London, UK) (Chapter I � Theme 5) From normal ageing to basic mechanisms of longevity (tbc) � 20 min
Leszek Kaczmarek (Warszawa PL) "Neurodegeneration from the basic research to the disease understanding and treatment: A case study" - 15 min
1.55pm � 2.45pm
Stroke D. Pellegrini (Florence, Italy) (Chapter III � Theme 5) From stroke to basic mechanisms of post-ischaemic neuronal death- 20 min
Anna Czlonkowska � (Warszawa PL )Primary and secondary prevention in stroke - 10 min
Danuta Ryglewicz - (Warszawa PL )National programmes, organization and development of neurological intervention in treating stroke - a need of time - 10 min
Marek Harat � (Bydgoszcz PL) Modern neurosurgical treatments in acute vascular incidents and neurodegenerative diseases. - 10 min
2.45pm � 3.30pm
Alzheimer G. Waldemar (Copenhagen, Denmark) (Chapter III � Theme 1) From Alzheimer�s Disease and other dementias to the basic mechanism of neuro-degeneration - 20 min
Ryszard Frackowiak � (Lausanne, Swizerland) Prospects for imaging of cerebral neurodegenerative diseases - 15 min
Tadeusz Parnowski � (Warszawa PL ) Dementias - physician, caregiver, patient and society. - 10 min
3.30pm � 4.00pm Conference conclusions & Warsaw Declaration
Closure M. G. Baker, MBE and Prof. G. Opala (Katowice, Poland)