Swedish Brain Power is a network of world-leading Swedish neuroscientist who work together in the fight against incurable dementia like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Swedish Brain Power’s research program covers the entire chain from basic biomedical research to diagnostics, treatment, health and social care. This unique multidisciplinary collaboration has made the Swedish Brain Power an international model for other research networks.
All research is conducted translational with the purpose to reach the patients as quickly as possible. To achieve this, the research network collaborate with health care and medicine industry.
Swedish Brain Power’s ultimate goal is to find a cure, until then, the targets are
- earlier diagnosis
- effective treatments
- improved care
- increased cooperation with health care and industry
Swedish Brain Power wants to spread the new knowledge that emerges from research. In particular to those who work in health care, but also to other researchers, patients, families and the public. The dissemination is done through lectures, conferences, symposia, exhibitions, scholarly articles, media, and on this website.
A comparison of the Swedish Brain Power’s scientific production 2005 – 2013 with some of the world’s top universities Swedish Brain Power ranks between Cambridge and Stanford in medicine and related sciences, and well over Sweden’s foremost medical university Karolinska Institutet. The comparison is made with so-called field normed citation (Cf) which shows the degree of scientific articles cited in other scholarly works in the same field. (Click image to enlarge.)
Today the Swedish Brain Power’s network extends far outside Sweden and has become a model for similar initiatives in other European countries. This picture shows how the collaboration of researchers has grown in less than 10 years and now extends over large parts of the world. (Click image to enlarge.)
The first part of the Swedish Brain Power’s research program started 1 July 2005 as a five-year project supported by Invest Sweden, the Knowledge Foundation, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, Vårdal Foundation, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and Vinnova.
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At halftime the program was evaluated by a group of international experts that called Swedish Brain Power “a success”. It was considered so valuable that the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation decided to continue its support with another SEK 100 million over five years from July 2010. The Swedish Brain Power network of researchers lives on and is seeking means to be able to continue this successful research collaboration.