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About the Program

Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health Program


The Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health program at GBHI provides innovative training, networking, and support to emerging leaders focused on improving brain health and reducing the impact of dementia in their local communities and on a global scale. It is one of seven global Atlantic Fellows programs to advance fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies.

Through the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health program, GBHI brings together a powerful mix of disciplines, professions, backgrounds, skill sets, perspectives, and approaches to develop new solutions. Atlantic Fellows come from many different professional backgrounds including clinical practice, social sciences, arts, economics, public health, research, policy, and education.

This program provides an unprecedented opportunity to train emerging leaders who will bring proven ideas more rapidly to the public.

— Ian Robertson, Co-Director, GBHI

The program is founded on GBHI’s values—Authenticity, Fairness, Openness, Respect, Courage, and Empathy (A FORCE)—and a commitment and ability to embody these values in practice and inspire them in others. The values are considered in every aspect of the program—from the curriculum to the clinical and lived experiences.

Atlantic Fellows at GBHI join the program for 12 months and are linked to either our University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) or Trinity College Dublin (Trinity) campus. Fellows engage in a broad base of content related to brain health, dementia, and health equity. Additionally, through observational and case-based learning they gain insight into the lived experience of people with dementia in clinical and community-based settings and engage in projects aimed at advancing brain health. Through intensive mentoring, fellows are guided in the development of their projects, career, and leadership. They also have the opportunity to apply for competitively awarded funding for pilot projects.

After the fellowship, Atlantic Fellows continue to have access to career-duration mentoring, funding opportunities, and an international network of colleagues collaborating to drive a common mission.

Read about our Program Experience to discover more about our transformative learning experience.

We’re now able to add to the conversation, and our voices are being heard.

Shamiel McFarlane
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
Atlantic Fellow Shamiel McFarlane