The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) is an independent collaborative, created to provide trusted information on how you can maintain and improve your brain health. Its clear and dependable guidance is based on the foremost thinking from scientists, doctors, scholars and policy experts around the world. GCBH members debate the latest in brain health science to reach consensus on what works and what doesn’t. Our overriding goal is to help people apply the latest scientific insights to boost their cognitive health and live their best lives.
The GCBH inspires thought leaders to work together to translate critical scientific information on brain health into simple actions people can take every day. We are dedicated to improving people’s understanding of the steps they can take to help stay sharp throughout their lives. Brain health is vital to well-being across the lifespan, so the GCBH’s work aims to have a major impact.
The GCBH operates as a hub-and-spoke collaborative to address the many lifestyle factors that can impact brain health. A governance committee of approximately a dozen experts from around the world comprises the hub. The governance committee will lead issue specialists — “the spokes” — in examining priority areas, including physical exercise, cognitively stimulating activity, mental well being, diet, sleep, stress, social engagement, and supplements. Building on the Institute of Medicine’s Cognitive Aging report (April 2015), the GCBH will focus on issues of interest identified by scientists, the popular press and AARP surveys.
Members of the GCBH will work with a diverse array of outside experts to create useful, easy-to-comprehend materials that people can apply in their daily lives.
AARP founded the GCBH in collaboration with Age UK, which is the United Kingdom’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. AARP and Age UK are organizations with a large public reach and have strong track records in delivering information to the widest audiences. They have worked together on numerous public policy projects and will ensure that the council takes account of international expertise and that the messaging on brain health reaches more people around the world.
MARILYN ALBERT, Ph.D. (Chair)
Professor of Neurology; Director, Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
KAARIN ANSTEY, Ph.D.
Senior Principal Research Scientist, NeuRA; Professor of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Australia
LINDA CLARE, Ph.D. Sc.D (Vice Chair)
Professor of Clinical Psychology of Ageing and Dementia; Leader of Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH); University of Exeter (UK)
PEGGYE DILWORTH-ANDERSON, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
YVES JOANETTE, Ph.D.
Faculty of Medicine — School of Speech Therapy and Audiology, University of Montreal; Scientific Director, Institute on Aging, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
S. DUKE HAN, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Director of Neuropsychology; Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Neurology, and Psychology, USC Keck School of Medicine
JASON KARLAWISH, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
MIIA KIVIPELTO, M.D., Ph.D
Professor, Director of Research, Development and Education, Center for Alzheimer Research & Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet, Head of Clinical Trials, Karolinska University Hospital
JESSICA LANGBAUM, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist, Banner Alzheimer's Institute; Associate Director, Alzheimer's Prevention Initiative
JACOBO MINTZER, M.D.
Professor, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC); Director, Roper St. Francis Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute (CBRI)
RONALD C. PETERSEN, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging
KRISTINE YAFFE, M.D.
Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology, University of California San Francisco
KATE ZHONG, M.D.
Chief Strategy Officer, Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation
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