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The Neurological Institute of Athens was established in 2013 under the vision of a healthy society in which healthcare for brain disorders, neurological education, and neuroscience research are pursued through humanistic and scientific principles. Its mission within this vision is to serve as an Institute of Excellence towards improving brain health in Greece and worldwide. The NIA pursues its mission through specific goals in which all members of the Institute are creative forces through collaboration and shared expertise.

The primary goal of the NIA is the provision of the best possible care to patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders and support to their caregivers, abiding to modern scientific principles and guidelines. We strongly believe that best care is achieved by healing the person rather than curing a disease and helping their loved ones care for the patient and have support for themselves. We are a team of experts in our respective fields of neurological disorders who practice through empathy and a philosophy of service towards our patients.

We further believe that, as an organic element of our community, our duty is to disseminate our combined knowledge through educational activities to both healthcare professionals and the public. We have regular educational activities for healthcare professionals, including annual conferences and workshops. We are also committed to promote subspecialty fellowship training to healthcare professionals who are passionate in providing the best possible care to their patients and who aim to advance the field of brain health. Equally important is our goal of educating the public towards recognizing the impact and identifying early signs of brain disorders in achieving earlier and better clinical and social outcomes, as well as developing the skills to care for patients and continue to live a healthy and creative life for themselves.

As a team of experts in our field, we view our duty to be a force of positive change for brain health by promoting novel and innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches through research. To that end, we have received independent funding for research projects and are also part of collaborative multinational projects. We are dedicated to identify novel diagnostic techniques, conduct clinical trials, and advance our understanding of brain function through neuroscience projects. We deeply believe that effective and quality research requires following ethical principles of patient autonomy, equity, beneficence and non-maleficence, while respecting personal information through data privacy and security. And although there is ample evidence that participation in research opportunities leads to better outcomes for patients and caregivers, participation starts from a patient’s desire and priorities.​ 

Finally, we firmly believe that we can maximize our social impact by reaching every person in our community by actively promoting healthcare policies that support equitable and excellent brain health. We pursue this larger goal by leveraging our expertise from health provision, brain research, and neuroscience knowledge, to engage and lobby with key stakeholders, including policymakers, patients and their caregivers, professional societies, health industry, and health economy stakeholders.​

 

 

Our Principles

The provision of exceptionally high expertise and related resources in Neurology, delivering healthcare in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary fashion to achieve the best clinical and social outcomes possible to patients and their caregivers
The ability of individuals and organizations to adapt their actions over time in a constantly changing environment of knowledge and resources, towards achieving their mission and goals
A philosophical stance of serving people towards living a purposeful, creative, and fulfilling life by following scientific reasoning, empathizing, and recognizing agency in each person
A set of beliefs that people belong to the community, matter to each other and the larger community, share an emotional connection, and that their needs will be fulfilled through their commitment to actively participate in the community
A set of structured logical processes that serve to draw conclusions by combining preconditions and consequences, as well as the rules that define their relationships, following deductive, inductive and abductive reasoning
Patients are informed and allowed to make decisions about their care without their healthcare provider trying to influence their decision
Fair and impartial access and distribution of health resources
Health providers try to promote the well-being of their patients while acting in their best interest
Any action by healthcare providers aims to promote more good than harm