A healthy brain is essential to enjoy a productive human life. Many environmental, social, occupational, and lifestyle factors influence brain health. The Lifebrain project aims to identify these factors and understand how they influence brain development, cognitive function and mental health at different stages of life. Increased knowledge about risk and protective factors influencing brain health will enable better prevention of mental diseases and neurodegenerative disorders in Europe and worldwide. Better brain health means improved cognitive function in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, and delayed onset of dementia. Better brain health also means reduced need for health care and improved working ability.
Lifebrain integrates data from 6000 European research participants collected in 11 European brain-imaging studies in 7 countries, including the NESDA cohort from the Netherlands. A particular focus is on longitudinal neuroimaging data. Lifebrain also collects additional data and biological samples from some participants in the cohorts.
We invite the public to influence the research process by actively engaging patient organizations, policy makers, clinical and research centers. The project will provide the evidence base for prevention and intervention, improving clinical practice and public health policy for brain, cognitive function and mental Health.