Press release
Lausanne, 11 janvier 2022

Swiss Memory Centers establish a brain health register

The Memory Centers of seven Swiss hospitals and one Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centerhave created a national online registry for Alzheimer's research. Called BHR for Brain Health Registry, it creates a research network throughout Switzerland to facilitate the enrolment of participants in studies and access to a database of volunteers for researchers.

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The Swiss online Brain Health Registry was designed by the University Hospitals of Geneva and seven other Hospitals/Research Centers throughout Switzerland. Inspired by other registries of this type set up in the USA, the United Kingdom, Scotland and the Netherlands, it contributes to the creation of a global database of research partners who wish to contribute to research on neurodegenerative diseases and more particularly on Alzheimer's disease.

Volunteers who join the register provide a certain amount of information and become potential research partners. Researchers can then select a panel from them according to the selection and exclusion criteria of their studies, contact them and include them in their studies.

Facilitating the recruitment phase for studies in this field is essential. Improved living conditions and medical advances mean that more and more people are reaching old age. The incidence of neurodegenerative diseases is increasing accordingly. The aim of this scientific partnership between volunteers and researchers is to advance research on neurodegenerative diseases, in particular by developing preventive therapeutic approaches and early diagnosis techniques.To achieve this, the BHR seeks to reach a relatively young target population (50 years and older) who would not normally have the opportunity to come into contact with a memory clinic. At the same time, the research partners have the opportunity to access state-of-the-art technologies and innovative treatments and drugs.

The University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), the University Hospital of Vaud (CHUV), the Cantonal Hospital of Fribourg (HFR), the University Hospital of Bern (UPD), the University Hospital of Basel (Felix Platter), the Center for Prevention and Dementia Therapy of the University of Zurich,, the University Hospital of St. Gallen (KSSG), the Regional Hospital of Lugano (EOC) have thus formed a national network that allows for optimal coordination to develop research for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. This Swiss network is an additional tool that is part of the synergy of European and global networks in Alzheimer's research. Their cooperation and coordination should lead to significant advances in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease in particular

Contact
HUG : presse-hug(at)hcuge.ch / +41 22 372 37 37
CHUV : medias(at)chuv.ch / +41 79 556 60 00

 

BHR's website
The site www.bhr-suisse.org/en is available in four languages (French, German, Italian and English). It allows you to join the registry, get the latest news on Alzheimer's research and offers various tips for keeping your brain healthy.

About Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV)

CHUV is one of Switzerland’s five university hospitals, alongside Geneva, Bern, Basel and Zurich. It is tasked with three basic missions by the public authorities, namely care, teaching and research. It provides care in all areas of medicine, including physical disorders and psychiatric illnesses, medical and surgical disciplines, outpatient and inpatient treatment.

In 2021, CHUV’s 12,228 employees cared for 51,205 inpatients, accounting for over 500,374 days of hospitalisation. It dealt with 80,261 emergencies, provided 1,451,300 outpatient consultations and welcomed 3,177 new babies into the world. Its annual budget is 1.832 billion Swiss francs.

CHUV works closely with the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne to provide undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education for doctors. It also works with other higher education institutions in the Lake Geneva area (including EPFL, ISREC, the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the University of Geneva), with the University Hospitals of Geneva and other hospitals, health care providers and institutions, such as the Federation of Vaud Hospitals and the Vaud Society of Medicine.

Since 2019, CHUV has been ranked as one of the best hospitals in the world according to Newsweek magazine.