Neurology beyond big data — the ninth Congress of the EAN

Discover the future of neurology beyond big data at the ninth Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN; 1–4 July 2023, Budapest, Hungary). Join leading neurologists, neuroscientists, and experts as they explore how harnessing neurological data can revolutionize patient outcomes and brain health.


With the exponential growth of data in neurology and neuroscience, from genomics to wearables, the potential for groundbreaking insights is immense. However, unlocking this potential requires robust data management systems and secure environments like the European Union’s EBRAINS infrastructure. Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) will be crucial for analyzing vast data resources. Ensuring public consent and approval is paramount to address concerns over privacy and the intentions of “big tech” and “big pharma.”

The EAN Congress is the platform for clinical applications, focusing on personalized precision medicine approaches. By integrating data from multiple sources, we can advance our understanding of complex diseases, develop targeted treatments, and improve outcomes. Multiomic data and a multidisciplinary approach hold promise for diagnosing rare neurological diseases and even disaggregating common conditions into myriad rare diseases. Data integration is also vital for managing acute neurological presentations, such as stroke, enabling timely decision-making with AI-based tools. However, ethical, legal, and social issues must be addressed.

Rapidly developing digital technologies and wearable devices generate vast amounts of data that can enhance diagnosis, treatment monitoring, and patient safety. AI solutions can analyze video data to identify epileptic seizures, while wearables aid in managing conditions like Parkinson’s disease. Standardizing performance assessment paradigms for these devices is essential, moving away from relying solely on randomized controlled trials to embrace real-world evidence.

In embracing the potential of big data and AI in neurology, it is crucial to address ethical concerns, foster trust, engage the public, and establish effective governance. We must also ensure that these technologies bridge health inequalities, benefiting all individuals regardless of their economic standing. Join us in shaping a future where these innovations drive advancements in neurology for the betterment of all.

Author: Neurologica

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