What We Do
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.
How It Works
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.
Professor, Director of Research, Development and Education, Center for Alzheimer Research & Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet, Head of Clinical Trials, Karolinska University Hospital
For more information regarding the Global Council of Brain Health, you may contact our supporting staff members:
- Sarah Lenz Lock, JD, Senior Vice President for Policy, AARP, Executive Director of the GCBH, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lindsay Chura, Ph.D., Senior Policy and Research Advisor, AARP, Chief Scientific Officer of the GCBH, email@example.com
- Nicholas Barracca, Policy Analyst, AARP, Project Manager of the GCBH, firstname.lastname@example.org
- James Goodwin, Ph.D., Head of Research, Age UK, Age UK Lead of the GCBH, James.Goodwin@ageuk.org.uk