Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brain Health Nexus Summit had to be re-scheduled from its original date in 2021. In place of being able to gather world leaders in brain health at one event, a Founding Steering Committee has been working behind the scenes to make progress on focusing our vision and defining the pillars of a Science & Technology Roadmap. The discussions were further informed by the results of an open survey and series of individual interviews, and an ecosystem mapping of other brain initiatives underway around the world.
Given the momentum we have achieved, we have made the decision to delay holding a Summit. We will be organizing several smaller meetings over the course of this year, in order to target expertise in areas aligned with the Roadmap pillars, and to determine the initial Brain Health Nexus projects.
Please contact us to follow the developments of the effort and participate in working groups.
Look out for updates over the coming months; we are excited about the unique contribution Nexus will bring to the brain health ecosystem, and look forward to your engagement!
The pandemic has put a spotlight on brain health.
The growing mental health consequences of the pandemic have spotlighted a need for a renewed emphasis on brain health. The stress and psychological trauma wrought by COVID-19 is just the tip of the iceberg of the public health crisis that brain diseases as a whole represent for our societies. Just as the world came together to drive vaccine development, we must forge a new collaborative community that will collectively recognize the need to prioritize brain health according to its societal burden and take bold action to effect meaningful change.
Brain Health Nexus Goals
- Setting goals that transform the paradigm from focus on disease to brain health
- Establishing a roadmap that unleashes the potential of science & technology for solutions
- Sparking partner and funder engagement to execute the roadmap
A Global Call to Action
For many brain diseases, there aren’t enough objective diagnostics and precision therapeutics available.
In the current research landscape, each brain disease is addressed separately. But these diseases do not exist in isolation. This is the moment for us to recognize the need for coordinated action in response to this public health crisis. It will take one interconnected community to break down barriers and borders, share data and insights, and bridge capital and opportunity.
The Brain Health Nexus
The mission is bigger than one researcher, one organization or one country.
The Nexus will convene world leaders in brain health policy, patient advocacy, clinical care models, research and innovation to design and launch a science and technology roadmap for collective action to combat the growing global burden of brain disease.
Finding solutions begins here, together.
Special Guest Speaker & Artist Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams, a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, designer and television host, joins us at Brain Health Nexus. Ms. Williams will discuss her new memoir, Checking In: How Getting Real About Depression Saved My Life–and Can Save Yours, and will share a musical performance.