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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 maintain brain health 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.
Director, UNSW Ageing Futures Institute and Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia
LISA L. BARNES, PHD
Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
ISAAC DDUMBA, MPH
Executive Director at African Research Center on Aging & Dementia (ARCAD)
PEGGYE DILWORTH-ANDERSON, Ph.D. — GCBH Equity Champion
Professor of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
S. DUKE HAN, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Director of Neuropsychology in Family Medicine, and Professor of Family Medicine, Neurology, Psychology, and Gerontology, USC Keck School of Medicine
JASON KARLAWISH, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology, University of Pennsylvania
JESSICA LANGBAUM, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
GILL LIVINGSTON, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry of Older People, University College London
STEFANIA MAGGI, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.
Research Director, CNR Aging Branch-Institute of Neuroscience, Padua, Italy
JACOBO MINTZER, M.D.
Director, South Carolina Institute for Brain Health, and Professor, Medical University of South Carolina
RONALD C. PETERSEN, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging
JANE RYLETT, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aging; Professor, University of Western Ontario and Scientist, Robarts Research Institute
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. — GCBH Communications and Outreach Champion
Adjunct Professor, Department of Brain Health, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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