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♥ for the brain

‘Regular exercise improves cognitive function, slows down the mental aging process and helps us process information more effectively.’


The health benefits of a regular run have long been known, and recently scientists have found why. Running stimulates the brain to grow fresh grey matter and it has a big impact on mental ability. A few days of running can lead to the growth of hundreds of thousands of new brain cells that improve the ability to recall memories without confusing them, a skill that is crucial for learning and other cognitive tasks. Jogging and other aerobic exercise can improve memory and learning, and potentially slow down the deterioration of mental ability that happens with old age*.

Professor Paul Boon MD, PhD, is a neurologist and the founding father of the 4Brain research team at Ghent University Hospital that aims at unraveling the complexity of brain mechanisms in order to identify new therapies for the most prevalent neurological disorders. Thanks to this research, Ghent University Hospital has been able to conduct groundbreaking international research trials. In this way, the brain research team wants to make a difference for the ever-growing group of one in three people who live with brain disorders.

Mrs. Vanessa Delacourt is partner at Schelstraete Delacourt Associates (InterSearch), an internationally renowned executive search company. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from Ghent University and was awarded a Business Administration Degree by the Vlerick Business School. She is confronted on a daily basis with both the complex and variable psychological aspects of human behavior that is determined by a close interaction between brain and environment. Also, in her personal life she has been coping with brain disease. Therefore, she has taken the initiative to support brain research in both a sportive and leisurely manner. You can support Vanessa by running with her and her team to keep your brain healthy or by financially supporting this sportive event.

Despite the fact that more than one in three people (35%) will eventually suffer from a brain disease, only 10% of scientific resources are spent on research of brain diseases. That is why there is a major gap that can only be filled by private initiatives such as Run4Brain. You can make the difference by supporting the Run4Brain initiative.

* Fernando Gomez‐Pinilla, Charles Hillman. The influence of exercise on cognitive abilities. Comprehensive Physiology 2013

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