Finland is known for its high-quality neuroscience research. However, the fragmented nature of the field has made it difficult to effectively utilise all the opportunities available. The aim of the new national competence network, Neurocenter Finland, is to increase cooperation between research, practical patient work and the business world while enhancing the utilisation and commercialisation of Finnish neuroscientific research.
The purpose of the network is also to reduce the costs associated with brain-related diseases and to promote the brain health of the population.
“The societal cost burden of brain diseases and mental disorders is enormous, estimated at up to € 11 billion a year. Aging of the population also increases the incidence of diseases, so the need for new forms of prevention and treatments is obvious. Finnish research in the field of neuroscience is of high quality, so we have unique opportunities for revolutionary solutions,” says Mikael von und zu Fraunberg, Director of the Establishment Phase of Neurocenter Finland.