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Public and professionals gather for Berlin brain health conference

People from all over Europe gathered in Berlin on November 30th to hear leading European brain health experts discuss the latest scientific evidence on mental health.

The ‘Brain health across the lifespan’ public conference – which was jointly organised by the Silver Santé Study, Lifebrain and the German Brain Council – brought together more than 200 people from as far afield as the Republic of Ireland, France and Switzerland to hear presentations and discussions on a range of brain health topics.

These included the impact of video gaming on the brain, whether styles of thinking can affect dementia risk, how lifestyles shape the brain in health ageing and disease, and the impact of meditation-based interventions.

Dr Gaël Chételat, Silver Santé Study Project Coordinator, and keynote speaker at the conference, said: “This was a rare opportunity for patients, health NGOs, health professionals and researchers to hear about the latest scientific evidence on mental health directly from some of Europe’s leading experts.

“It was a fantastic event which included lots of interesting questions and discussion on a variety of topical points – from video gaming to personalised brain health – and we’ve had excellent feedback from those who attended.”

Speakers at the one-day conference included Silver Santé Study senior researchers, Dr Antoine Lutz, of Inserm, and Dr Natalie Marchant of UCL, as well as Lifebrain researchers such as Professor Ulman Lindenberger of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Professor Lars Nyberg of Umeå University, Sweden.

Professor Ulman Lindenberger of MPI welcomes audience to Brain Health Across the Lifespan public conference at Harnack House, Berlin.

The Silver Santé Study had three speakers at the conference, pictured left to right, Dr Antoine Lutz, of Inserm, Dr Gaël Chételat (Project Coordinator), of Inserm, and Dr Natalie Marchant, of UCL.

Join us for the Brain health across the lifespan public conference – last few tickets remaining

Are you interested in hearing from some of Europe’s leading brain health experts on mental health and well-being?

Then book one of the last remaining  free tickets to our ‘Brain health across the lifespan’ public conference aimed at healthcare specialists, researchers, patient groups, professional societies and patients with an interest in brain health before registration ends on 8th October.

Jointly organised by the EU-funded Silver Santé Study and Lifebrain Project as well as the German Brain Council, the event will take place in Berlin on Wednesday 6th November and will cover topics such as promoting healthy brain ageing, styles of thinking and how they affect dementia risk, and whether video gaming affects the brain.

Experts from the Silver Santé Study, Lifebrain and the German Brain Council will discuss the latest experimental approaches and evidence from these two major European research consortia regarding the impact of socioeconomic factors, physical activity, nutrition, and mental training on cognitive function, mental health, and well-being throughout life.

These results will also be explored in light of prevention and intervention strategies for brain disorders. The conference will gather European speakers from different research areas including psychology, neurology, neuroimaging, psychiatry, genetics, epidemiology, molecular biology, and medicine. Click here to download the full conference programme.

Anyone wishing to attend the conference must register via our Eventbrite page before 8th October 2019. A maximum of 180 places are available on a first come, first served basis.

Silver Santé Study leads the way in student communication

Postgraduate students working on the Silver Santé Study in five different countries have formed a group to enable them to learn from each other’s work.

The initiative, one of the first of its kind in European research consortia, brings together master’s, Phd and postdoctorate students  to exchange information, practice presentations, and keep each other informed across all areas of the project’s work.

Dr Gaël Chételat, Coordinator of the Silver Santé Study, says: “I’m delighted to support this initiative to help all our students flourish and gain as much knowledge and experience as possible while they are working on this project.

“It provides the ideal opportunity for our students to get to know each other, share information, and form their own peer-to-peer networks –- all of which are beneficial not only to our project but to the individual students and to the wider research community.”

The group – which is chaired by PhD student Sophie Dautricourt of the University of Caen, France, and Harriet Demnitz-King of UCL, UK – will continue to meet every two of three months until the end of the project.

Some of the postgraduate students who have formed a peer group in the Silver Santé Study.

Project research presented to European medical students

Medical students from all over Europe got to hear about the Silver Santé Study when Project Coordinator, Dr Gaël Chételat, presented an overview of the project at the 30th European Students’ Conference.

The event, which took place at Charité-Universitätsmedizin in Berlin from 25-28th September, saw more than 400 medical students from 40 countries gather to hear presentations on the theme of “Future Aging – Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Medicine”.

Other guest speakers included Prof. Dr. Michael Heneka, of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, and Professor Akiko Maeda, of the Kobe Eye Center, Japan.

Project Coordinator Dr Gaël Chételat speaking at the 2019 European Students’ Conference in Berlin.

French Ministry of Health invites project to meeting on mindfulness meditation

(first posted July 2019)

Silver Santé Study Coordinator, Dr Gaël Chételat, was invited to take part in a conference on mindfulness meditation organised by the French Ministry of Health and Public Health France in Paris.

The event, which took place on 20th June at the Ministry of Solidarity and Health, focused on the development of health and well-being interventions based on mindfulness and brought together experts from a variety of fields to discuss and question how mindfulness can be applied in society.

Dr Chételat presented the scope and aims of the Silver Santé Study as part of a roundtable session on the application of mindfulness interventions in different environments, which included ageing, justice, education, health and work.

“I was very pleased to take part in the meeting,” says Dr Chételat. “I think it helped dispel some of the misconceptions that exist about mindfulness meditation and made clear that it is a secular activity that is accessible to all in society.

“It also explored the potential for meditation to be used in a variety of environments – whether it’s at work, in education or in healthy ageing so the Silver Santé Study’s work investigating the impact of mental training techniques, like meditation and language-learning, was highly relevant.”

Dr Chételat was one of a number of scientists invited to speak at the meeting including Professor Jean-Gérard Bloch of the University of Strasbourg and Judson Brewer, Director of Research and the Mindfulness Centre at Brown University, US.  The meeting, facilitated by health journalist Elisabeth Marshall, was opened by the Director General of the French health department, Jerome Salomon.

For further information about the event visit the French Ministry of Health website here.

Caption: Dr Gaël Chételat (centre) taking part in a panel discussion with health journalist, Elisabeth Marshall (left), andDominique Steiler, Chair of “Economic Peace, Mindfulness and Well-being at Work” at Grenoble Ecole de Management.

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