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Why investment in brain research is an intelligent investment

human-brainHealthy Brain: Healthy Europe Con­fer­ence (speech by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner for Research, Inno­va­tion and Science):

…Brain research and inno­va­tion con­tribute to Europe 2020‘s, aims not just by improv­ing qual­ity of life and help­ing inte­grate patients back into their social and work­ing lives, but also by cre­at­ing jobs and increas­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness through inno­v­a­tive new prod­ucts such as med­i­cines, diag­nos­tics, nan­otech­nolo­gies and robotics.

As the title of this con­fer­ence, ‘Healthy Brain: Healthy Europe’, implies, healthy brains are essen­tial for happy indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies, for an effi­cient work force, for inno­v­a­tive prod­ucts and ser­vices – in short for a healthy Euro­pean society.

There­fore, invest­ment in brain research is an intel­li­gent invest­ment, espe­cially in times of scares (sic) resources, as it can help avoid even higher costs to soci­ety in the future.

At present brain-related dis­eases present one of the biggest soci­etal chal­lenges we are fac­ing, for sev­eral reasons…”

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