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A look to the future

Science! Technology! What will they do for brain health in years to come? From devices to help us live independently in older age to building a ‘virtual brain’ to understand how it works, researchers in Europe are on the case.

What will your life look like in 50 years?

More and more of us are living into older age. But what happens to our brains? Scientists are investigating why some people develop dementia and others don't. And what they are finding will hopefully help you enjoy a golden age of retirement.

Imagine that you spoke to a person in 1950 about what we can do as humans today. We can send a robot to Mars that tweets back pictures of itself, we can sequence (and write!) entire genetic codes and we can carry the equivalent of a 1950s supercomputer in our pocket (and use it to check those tweets of the robot on Mars). Would they be amazed? You bet they would.

In a way, it’s hard to know how exactly science and technology will help our brain health in the future. Ageing and neurodegenerative diseases, like dementia, present society with huge challenges and European scientists are looking for solutions. They are working on a wide array of projects to support our brains by understanding them better, by improving the quality of our life and by looking at how we can keep our brains healthy across the lifespan. So when we look back in 10, 30 or 50 years, you can bet that we will be amazed too.

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