Brainy matters

Alastair Benbow on how he became head of the European Brain Council – and a world-record holder.

The European Brain Council (EBC) turns ten today (22 March), an anniversary that its executive director, Alastair Benbow, argues marks a crucial change in this field of medicine. “Before the EBC, the voice of the brain was very disparate,” is how he puts it. “The brain didn’t have an identity like cancer or the heart.” Depression, strokes and dementia were all issues that were discussed separately; with the creation of the EBC, patients, researchers, organisations and industry gained a single European advocate for policy changes related to brain diseases.

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