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Thomas Edison, one of the great minds of the second industrial revolution, once said that “the chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.”

Understanding the human brain – how it works and how it is afflicted by diseases and disorders – is an important frontier in science and society today.

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The Brain and The Machine

Is your brain a machine? Are machines intelligent? Can they think? Nowadays, we can connect our brains to technologies through artificial intelligence, robots and brain computer interfaces. But can they help to overcome our human limitations?

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United for Brain Innovation 

Costs of brain diseases are increasing. The brain is still a mystery and its complexity hinders the pace of innovation. How can partnerships accelerate the translation of our huge amounts of knowledge into novel interventions and improve the lives of millions of brain patients and of our society as a whole?

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Personalised Brain Care for all?

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to brain health. Considering the side effect of common brain health interventions, how can we provide more personalised healthcare? Is precision medicine the future of brain health?

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Creative Brain Interventions

From medication to meditation, new pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions are continuously popping up to treat brain diseases. How can they be combined? Novel technologies provide hope for more effective therapies.

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Societal and (Neuro)Ethical responsibilities 

Rapid advances in neuroscience, diagnosis and interventions of brain diseases raise critical questions.  How do we ensure that brain innovations will help and not harm society? How will they be accessible to those who need them? How to protect and use personal data collected by these technologies?