One in four people in the Netherlands has a neurological and/or a psychological disorder. Hoofdzaken is an initiative of the Dutch Brain Foundation (Hersenstiching), MIND, and the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) for research into solutions that will allow these patients to live longer in good health.

In the ‘Hoofdzaken’ Manifesto, the organizing parties have joined the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and the Top Sector Life Sciences and Health (Health-Holland) in calling for more collaboration between disciplines such as psychiatry, psychology, and neurology, as well as with patients and their families, care professionals, and research institutions, in pursuit of that objective.

Royal presence

On Thursday 30 September, Her Majesty Queen Máxima attended the launch of the Hoofdzaken Manifesto in De Remise in The Hague. Jeroen Geurts and Christiaan Vinkers were just some of the Amsterdam Neuroscience researchers that were present during that day. 

Living healthily for longer

Brain disorders and mental illnesses have a huge impact on the lives of those who suffer from them. The annual costs of caring for those patients come to more than € 25 billion, which is more than a quarter of the total healthcare costs in the Netherlands.

One common goal

‘Hoofdzaken’ is one of the initiatives that show how neuroscience and healthcare come together to understand, prevent, treat, and where possible cure, neurological and psychological disorders. All the involved parties have one goal: more knowledge about the brain and less suffering amongst patients. There is no doubt that many of the Amsterdam Neuroscience researchers will support and contribute to this program.

Read about the ‘Hoofdzaken’ Manifesto

Source: NWO