Love Your Brain - It’s about healthier brains!

ECNP’s reason for being – and the basis of everything we do – is to advance the science of the brain, in order to facilitate better treatments, so that we can improve human brain health. But it’s not just about treatments. Brain health also means the prevention of illness and the encouragement of active, healthy and brain-friendly lifestyles that optimise brain function and resilience.

At this year’s congress we have a range of sessions on nutrition and neuroscience, starting with our keynote speaker Gareth Leng, UK. But to complement the scientific programme, we’ve also launched a series of activities to put brain health at the centre of the ECNP Congress.

• Run with the president
It’s a run, not a race.
On Monday morning ECNP president Celso Arango will lead a recreational 5km run through Barcelona. All congress participants – of whatever sporting level – are invited to join.
Date: Monday 8 October
Time: 07.00-08.00
Start and end: Congress venue (CCIB)
Registration is required, via the button below.

Click here for a map of the route


• Yoga
Start your day in a relaxed way.
Every morning we’ll be running mindful wake-up sessions with yoga instructor Lezanne Swart of Uju Yoga. The sessions are for people of all levels. Yoga mats are provided.
The sessions are not intense workouts, but are intended to help you start your day as mindfully as possible.
Dates: Sunday 7 October, Monday 8 October and Tuesday 9 October
Time: 07.45-08.45
Location: Room 120
Max. 25 participants per session, first come first served.

• Brain food
A balanced diet is important for your brain.
In a special session Alejandro Arias-Vásquez will present New Brain Nutrition, an H2020 project to investigate how diet and lifestyle influence our health, brain function, and behaviour. Joining him, celebrity chef Sebastian Lege will show how good science can be turned into good food.
Date: Monday 8 October
Time: 12.45-13.30
Location: The Bubble
We’ll have healthier snacks on hand for busy congress participants, including fruit, nuts and muesli bars, as well as salads for lunch. Look out for the ‘Love Your Brain’ logo, indicating the brain-healthy options.

• Recharge zone
The ECNP Plaza has always been a place to relax, refresh and recharge. But now we’re adding a new dimension with sudoku and brain puzzlers for a gentle mental workout.

The ECNP mission: to advance the science of the brain, promote better treatment and enhance brain health