Formation of the Brain Health Nexus
The Brain Health Nexus concept first emerged in 2019. Led by Magali Haas, MD, PhD, Founder & Senior Advisor of Cohen Veterans Bioscience, leaders in brain health policy and research were recruited to define the vision—how to make a meaningful contribution to catalyzing and accelerating local, country, and global efforts to optimize the brain health of every citizen. The deliberations of this Committee were complemented by an extensive literature review, individual interviews with thought leaders, and an open survey conducted throughout the ecosystem. The most important outcome was a commitment to a paradigm change from a siloed, late-stage approach to brain health at crisis points, to a collaborative model focused on prevention, wellness and even optimization of brain health across the lifespan.
Key themes emerged from our review of different efforts:
- Prevention is a top priority;
- There is growing collaboration around data sharing;
- There is a focus on building global cohorts;
- Open science principles are being adopted.
More broadly, the need to close the translational gap by optimizing our existing technologies and building new technologies for data capture and analysis.
As a nonprofit biomedical and technology research organization dedicated to advancing brain health, we recognize that the health consequences of the pandemic have normalized an understanding of global stress and trauma, escalating the urgency to galvanize individuals and institutions in the brain health ecosystem towards a shared mission. We know that now is the time to ensure brain health moves to the top of national and global agendas, with a clear plan for how resources will be deployed.
Over the past five years Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB) has laid the foundation for designing roadmaps for collective action, with innovative research to fast-track solutions for complex diseases, the development of tools and platforms that cut across brain health, and an advocacy agenda to drive brain health precision medicine. But we recognize that meaningful change across brain health will require a global collective movement that pools resources and expertise and incorporates diverse, driven leadership.
CVB is eager to catalyze this movement by joining forces with others to work towards a shared vision and purpose to move from ideation to action.