7.3.2017 NAI lead contributer to Inaugural Position Paper of the Irish Brain Council

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Brain conditions affect over 1.1 million people in Ireland but investment in research into these conditions remains behind cancer and cardiovascular research with a critical need for targeted funding to support research into brain conditions in this country.

This is the message of the Neurological Alliance of Ireland & Irish Brain Council conference "Brain Research in Ireland: Investing in All Our Futures" being held in the Science Gallery Dublin today as part of events to mark National Brain Awareness Week March 6th to 12th.

The event will see the launch of the inaugural position paper by the Irish Brain Council, outlining their agenda to advocate for and promote investment in research and improved access to services and treatments for Irish people with brain conditions.

Speaking at the event, the European Brain Council will call for Ireland to follow the lead of Poland in developing a brain strategy to bring the focus to brain conditions that national strategies have brought to conditions such as cancer.

Delivering the opening address, Mags Rogers Executive Director of the Neurological Alliance and Secretary of the Irish Brain Council said "Brain conditions are the greatest medical challenge of our time. With the Irish Brain Council, we have a united voice across basic and clinical research and including patient organisations to bring a national focus to brain conditions with the aim of promoting investment in research, treatment and services".

Mags Rogers is the lead author of the report being launched today "We've seen the sea change in outcomes for conditions here in Ireland because of a focused drive and investment in research and treatment. This is what we are calling for on behalf of Irish people with brain conditions".

You can download the inaugural position paper of the Irish Brain Council here

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