Brain Talks

Brain Talks

Brain Talks is a podcast produced by Brain Innovation Days, the online community of key opinion leaders and stakeholders from the ever-growing brain innovation ecosystem. Find more on


September 11, 2023 16 mins
Brain Talks are back for a third season!

Join us in unveiling the highly anticipated 2023 edition of the Brain Innovation Days with Prof. Suzanne Dickson, President of the European Brain Council, and Frédéric Destrebecq, Executive Director of EBC.

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Tune in to the new podcast episode to hear Sam Pauly talk with two expert guests Professor Asgeir Jakola, Director of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) Research Fund & Dr Victor Staartjes, a neurosurgery resident at the University Hospital Zurich. They look at how the EANS Research Fund facilitates neurosurgical research across Europe.
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September 23, 2022 38 mins
In today's Brain Talk, we’ll be looking at the role technology currently plays in neurosurgery. We are joined by Dr Pieter Kubben, a neurosurgeon at Maastricht University Medical Center and the founder of the Neuromind App and Dr. Marike Broekman, a neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery at Leiden University Medical Center. She is the first female board member of the European Association of Neurosurgical Associations or EA...
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We're back from our summer break and our host, Sam Pauly, is delighted to be joined today by Dr Orla Galvin, Executive Director of the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) to discuss the important role patients play in guiding policy and leading advocacy in the brain space, particularly as the "experts" in their own brain conditions. A common phrase in the community always is, "nothing about us without us", a str...
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We're taking a short summer break! We leave you with a short interview with the Executive Director of the European Brain Council, Frédéric Destrebecq, led by host Sam Pauly. Sam exchanges with Fred on the history and mission behind the birth of the Brain Innovation Days and what to expect at the 2nd in-person event this coming 11-12 October 2022 in Brussels, Belgium.

Take a look at the programme now: https://www.braininnovationdays....
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July 28, 2022 38 mins
Today we turn the spotlight to neuroscience in Africa and discuss with leading researchers from the region how the African neuroscience community has come together to identify challenges and opportunities in the region, explore possible solutions, and discover unique and important avenues for research.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Mahmoud Bukar Maina, Research Fellow in Neuroscience at the University of Sussex and Professor Sadiq ...
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Today our host Sam Pauly speaks with a recent recipient of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN) Young Investigator Prize, awarded to early-career researchers in recognition of their outstanding scientific contributions to any area of neuroscience.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Nicolas Renier — who received the prize for his work in mapping neuronal and vascular networks in ...
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We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had repercussions far and wide, but what impact has it had on Mental Health Services and what work can be done to address some of those needs? That’s exactly what the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks-Europe (GAMIAN-Europe) has been researching through a focused survey.

The report has just been released and here to tell us more about the findings we have Nigel Olisa, Executiv...
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Today we’ll be looking at pioneering work that was recently recognised by the European Paediatric Neurology Society (EPNS) and awarded an EPNS Research Prize.

Beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration, commonly known as BPAN, is a rare, progressive and life-limiting neurological disorder beginning in infancy or early childhood. Dr Apostolos Papandreou, from University College London, is leading research into treatments fo...
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The new season of Brain Talks focuses on Brain in the Life Course, kicking off with a focus on pediatric neurology. We are joined by guest Dr David Gómez-Andrés, a specialist in Child Neurology at the University Hospital of Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona and part of the European Paediatric Neurology Society (EPNS), a society for physicians with a research or clinical interest in Paediatric Neurology.

Dr Gómez-Andrés was awarded the 2021...
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The second edition of the Brain Innovation Days will take place on 11-12 October 2022.

But you don't have to wait! Follow us during the second season of the Brain Talks where we will invite young researchers to talk about their projects and the future of brain research.

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In today's Brain Talk, we are joined by Professor Juan Lerma, Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience and Professor at the Alicante Neuroscience Insitute. We discuss a number of exciting, current topics within neuroscience, including brain computer interfaces, brain implant devices and the example of the mainstream news of Elon Musk's Neuralink.

Prof Lerma recently wrote a comment on the Neuralink announcement in Neuroscience, the flagship...
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In today’s Brain Talk we welcome back another speaker from our latest Brain Innovation Days Digital Session on 27 April, “Fast-Tracking Brain Innovation in Times of COVID-19” -- Dr Tomás Ryan, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the University at Trinity College Dublin and Chair of the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence.

During the last event, Tomás provided concluding remarks, sharing the perspective of an early to mid-career fu...
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vCreate Neuro is an NHS Trusted secure video messaging service that helps patients, families and clinical teams stay connected throughout their care journey.

Used in over 150 units globally, the vCreate service has so far helped support more than 20,000 families with separation anxiety, clinical diagnoses and care management.

We discuss the aims and the importance of this platform with Prof Sameer Zuberi, President of the European Pa...
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We speak with Padraic Ward, Head of Roche Pharma International, this week on Brain Talks, exploring healthcare innovation in Europe and how we can ensure Europe keeps its edge in healthcare as we watch Europe falling behind the US and a strongly growing and committed China over the past several years. This erosion of leadership applies to innovation, investment, and equal access to healthcare innovation for patients in the region. ...
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There is a wide consensus that the COVID-19 pandemic not only affects physical health, but also mental health and well-being. The current pandemic is changing priorities for the general population, but it is also challenging the agenda of health professionals, including that of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. Everywhere in the world, psychiatric clinics are modifying their practice in order to guarantee care an...
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Telemedicine is not a new invention but played a key role in the months of isolation during the pandemic. For many patients, it was the only way to continue their treatment and stay in touch with their doctors. The growth of telemedicine has been evident, but what will be left once people return to normal life? We discuss this with Professor Paul Boon, President Elect of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN).

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More and more studies are showing that COVID-19 also has long-term effects on the brain.

With Matilde Leonardi, Director of the Italian WHO-Collaborating Centre Research Branch "IRCCS Istituto Neurologico C. Besta", we take a look at the main points of the story that led researchers to identify the connections between the pandemic and its effects on the brain.

The discussion elaborates on the talk Matilde Leonardi had during the Brai...
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The first-ever Brain Innovation Days Pitch Competition took place during the 2nd digital session held on 26 January 2021. The audience was invited to vote on a winner for Brain Innovation Public Award for Best Pitch and this was rewarded to icompanion after over 1000 votes.

icompanion is a free app and web platform that helps people living with multiple sclerosis monitoring their condition. The main goal of icompanion is to give pat...
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During the digital event on 26 January 2021, Brain Innovation Days organised a pitch competition. PIPRA won the 1st Brain Innovation Jury Award for Best Pitch and today they tell us more about their work and their goals.

PIPRA's mission is to leverage cutting-edge AI and big data to provide clinicians with a reliable pre-op tool to assess patients’ risk of presenting a Post-Operative Delirium (POD) and a Post-Operative Cognitive Dec...
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