The Leuven Brain Institute

Jun 4, 2021 | From Belgium

The Leuven Brain Institute unites all neuroscience research at KU Leuven, the University of Leuven in Belgium. The goal is to achieve excellence in neuroscience by joining forces to advance our understanding of the human nervous system, both normal and diseased. LBI strives to generate scientific, societal and clinical impact at an unprecedented scale. Scientifically, the LBI fosters new collaborations and research lines that span the entire scope of neuroscience, from molecules to behaviour and from in vitro systems to patients. The LBI wants to raise awareness for mental health and reduce stigma, combat misconceptions about mental health conditions and respond to common community challenges to promote brain healthy lifestyles. The LBI hosts several centres including the Alzheimer’s disease research centre. The LBI counts over 1500 members approximately, of which 120 Professors and 1400 postdocs & PhD students.

What are the organisation’s activities?

Over the past two years, the LBI participated in several science outreach activities. For instance this year in March, the LBI organised several activities such as lectures and workshops in the local community for Brain Awareness Week, an initiative from the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS). This global campaign wants to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science. The LBI was selected for funding by the DANA Foundation (USA) for these science outreach activities. In May 2021, the dedicated LBI running team that is composed of Professors, as well as Postdocs and PhDs, took part in several sportive events such as the Mind Matters Marathon, KULeuven Fund for mental health in children and adolescents) and Let’s Move for Parkinson (all profits go to Demoucelle Parkinson Charity for Parkinson research). In September 2021 for Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Week, the LBI will organise several activities including webinars and open lab tours.