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Brain Health and Sleep – ESRS Partnerships with the Brain Health Mission

For this Sleep Science Friday publication, we invite you to get acquainted with the Brain Health Mission (BHM). Sleep has been identified as a preventative element of brain health, hence, it made perfect sense for ESRS to join the 17+ other strategic partners of the Brain Health Mission. By working together, the partners can help raise awareness and bring great leaps in knowledge, through which new meaningful and impactful activities, ideas and treatments can be implemented, leading to a healthier and happier life.

Would you like to represent ESRS in the Brain Health Mission?

If you are interested in getting involved in the Brain Health Mission on behalf of ESRS, please send us an email to with the subject “Brain Health Mission and ESRS“.

Brain Health Mission - One Brain. One Life. One Mission.

The Brain Health Mission aims to develop a holistic approach to brain health which benefits society not just through a decreased healthcare burden due to neurological disorders but through improved quality of life and productivity throughout an individual’s life course. The European Academy of Neurology (EAN)’s vision is of a future in which individuals, populations, clinicians, and policymakers understand the benefits of good Brain Health and have the information and opportunities to preserve and recover Brain Health.

By adopting this ‘One Brain, One Life, One Mission‘ strategy in cooperation with partner societies, international organizations and policymakers, a significant number of neurological disorders may be prevented whilst the overall well-being of individuals is enhanced by maintaining brain health through the life course.

Brain Health is a state in which every individual can realize their own abilities and optimize their cognitive, emotional, psychological, and behavioural functioning to cope with life situations.

"Brain Health goes beyond the absence of disease to embrace all brain functions (cognitive, emotional, behavioural, creative) which are necessary to cope with life situations and for a happy, productive, and creative life. In fact, there is not health without brain health."

Brain Health Mission

With the Brain Health Mission we recognise that brain health goes beyond the absence of disease or treatment of disorders or rehabilitation. We encompass preventive measures to decrease the incidence of neurological disorders, enabling individuals to function and cope with life situations. Our vision is to create a brain-healthy environment in which everyone understands how to care for their brain health and nervous system and has the ability to do so.

From “Brain Health Mission”. EAN. Accessed 07 September 2023.

ESRS Involvement with the Brain Health Mission

The ESRS is a strategic partner of the Brain Health Mission, representing the medical and scientific sleep field. Check out more at the ESRS Advocacy page.

You can find next on this Sleep Science Friday, the EAN’s BHM video presentation, their Brain Health podcast with the special participation of Dr. Claudio Bassetti, and if you like to dig deeper into the Brain Health Mission, we invite you to visit the BHM website below.

Want to find out more? Listen to the Brain Health podcast with the special participation of former ESRS president Dr. Claudio Bassetti, and visit the BHM website below.

Brain Health Podcast

Prof. Dr. Claudio Bassetti

Prof. Dr. Claudio Bassetti

Professor of Neurology and Director of the Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Bern (Inselspital), Switzerland.

Dr. Claudio Bassetti is a former ESRS President from 2008 to 2012, and the Editor in Chief of the ESRS Sleep Medicine Textbook 2nd. ed.. He was also the previous EAN President and involved in the development of the Brain Heath Mission.

In this SSF, we bring to you a very interesting podcast released by EAN in which Dr. Bassetti participated. In this podcast episode, Prof. Barbara Tettenborn and Prof. Claudio Bassetti talk about the brain health strategy and the importance of brain health. You can listen to the full podcast episode in the link below (the play button links to EAN website). 

Listen to the Ep. 10: Brain Health podcast from eancast (in English)

Contributors: Prof. Barbara Tettenborn (moderator), Prof. Claudio Bassetti (guest), European Academy of Neurology.

"No health without brain health - this is the way we should think not only as neurologists but as a citizen of this world."

Recent publications from ESRS members

  1. Cesari et al. (2023). Improved automatic identification of isolated rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder with a 3D time-of-flight camera. Eur J Neurol.
  2. Cordi, Schreiner and Rasch (2023). Is prior knowledge essential? Additional training opportunities restore sleep-associated memory benefits under conditions of low prior knowledge. J Sleep Res.
  3. Balter et al. (2023). Intelligence predicts better cognitive performance after normal sleep but larger vulnerability to sleep deprivation. J Sleep Res.
  4. Beunders et al. (2023). Fetal and infant growth patterns, sleep, and 24-h activity rhythms: a population-based prospective cohort study in school-age children. J Sleep Res.
  5. Del Rosso et al. (2023). Periodic leg movements during sleep and iron status in infants with prematurity, Down syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome. J Sleep Res.
  6. Mijnster et al. (2023). Sleep disorders in a naturalistic cohort of Dutch psychiatric outpatients: prevalence rates and associations with psychopathology symptom severity and well-being. J Sleep Res.
  7. Šonka et al. (2023). Idiopathic hypersomnia years after the diagnosis. J Sleep Res.
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