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Reducing Dementia Worldwide: Meet the 2019–20 Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health

In September 2019, a new group of emerging leaders will join a global movement to protect the world’s aging population from threats to brain health: the 2019–20 Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI).

Hailing from twenty countries spanning Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia—and from various disciplines including the arts and humanities, medicine, cognitive science, public health, education and advocacy—the fellows represent a wide range of expertise, ambition and promise.

“We are thrilled to welcome this new, distinguished cohort of fellows to the Atlantic community,” said Victor Valcour, MD, executive director of GBHI. “They represent a tremendous opportunity to grow the global movement of brain health.”

The incoming cohort expands the Atlantic Fellows for Brain Equity program’s geographic spread to include seven new countries, including Bermuda, Chile, Ethiopia and Kenya. The program now totals 119 fellows from 36 countries.

Meet the new cohort of Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health.

Since 2016, the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health program has trained a global community of interprofessional emerging leaders in brain health, leadership, and dementia prevention through a 12-month residential program at one of its founding sites, University of California, San Francisco or Trinity College Dublin.

Through their work, fellows emphasize local and global inequities in brain health that need to be addressed by practitioners and policymakers, with the goal of reducing the scale and impact of dementia in local communities around the world. On completion of their training, fellows join a lifelong catalytic community of seven Atlantic Fellows programs working to advance fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies.

Atlantic Institute Announces Winners of the Inaugural Atlantic Senior Fellows Awards

Two projects emblematic of the vision and values of the Atlantic Fellows win £50 000 each

This story originally appeared on www.AtlanticFellows.org

OXFORD, UK – The Atlantic Institute has awarded the inaugural Atlantic Senior Fellows Awards to two projects that advance its mission to create fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies.

This year’s Atlantic Senior Fellows awards, worth £50 000 each and open to Fellows who have graduated their programs, were presented to two teams for their impactful work:

• The East Mediterranean Brain Health Initiative (EMBHI)

EMBHI is a joint project of three Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health: Hany Ibrahim of Cairo, Egypt, Elaine Howard of Kilkenny, Ireland, and Stelios Zygouris of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Designed primarily to help people with dementia in underserved populations, the EMBHI promotes information and expertise sharing among participating countries. Starting with Greece and Egypt, the aim is to create a vibrant community of expertise in the East Mediterranean that will work collaboratively to implement better brain health services.

• The Development of a Health Impact Assessment Framework for the Philippines

This is a joint initiative of two Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia: Somporn Pengkam of Thailand and Beverly Lorraine Chua Ho of the Philippines.

This project successfully introduces a new way of engaging deeply with local communities in the Philippines to understand and address the health impacts of large-scale industrial projects. Both Pengkam and Ho see rich potential for sharing their experience more broadly in the Southeast Asia region.

Atlantic Institute Executive Director, Dr Penelope Brook said the inaugural Senior Fellow Awards recognise, support and celebrate impactful work that is emblematic of the vision and values of the Atlantic Fellows global community.

Four projects in all were shortlisted for the Senior Fellow Awards: other finalists were Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity, Jane Sloane for her project: Framing Equality and comedian and monologuist, Josh Kornbluth, Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health for his project: Citizen Brain. Both awards were presented at a ceremony at Rhodes House in Oxford where the Atlantic Institute is based and which was attended by more than 130 Fellows from the seven global Atlantic Fellows programs. Next year will see four Atlantic Senior Fellow Awards presented, each worth £50 000 to align with the year on year increase in the number of Fellows.

The Atlantic Fellows is supported by Atlantic Philanthropies.

About the winners:

The East Mediterranean Brain Health Initiative

• Elaine Howard, Kilkenny, Ireland: Elaine holds a master’s of science in dementia from Trinity College Dublin. Working in both the private and NGO health care sectors, her expertise lies in developing and implementing personalized care for people with dementia, facilitating changes in practice, and sharing that knowledge to enable practice and policy change across the wider sector. She also has extensive experience in operational management and service model development and implementation within the financial services sector.

• Hany Ibrahim, Cairo, Egypt: Hany is a geriatrician in the Geriatric and Gerontology Department, Ain Shams University Hospital, Cairo, Egypt. He completed his residency in both geriatric medicine and internal medicine at Ain Shams University Hospital with clinical experience in a variety of elderly care programs, such as acute, sub-acute, long term care, home care, and critical care management. He holds a master’s of science degree in late onset depression and a doctorate degree in geriatric medicine from Ain Shams University. He also holds a diploma in hospital management. Currently, Ibrahim is a lecturer in geriatric medicine and director of the Geriatric Intensive Care Unit at Ain Shams University Hospital.

• Stelios Zygouris, Thessaloniki, Greece: Stelios is a neuropsychologist focusing on computerized cognitive testing and specializing in the use of serious games for cognitive screening. He created the first serious game-based cognitive screen and participated in the design and translation into Greek of various computerized cognitive tests. He is a PhD candidate in a joint program at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Network Aging Research at the University of Heidelberg, with a scholarship from the Robert Bosch Foundation Stuttgart. His PhD project focuses on the use of longitudinal performance data on a self-administered serious game to detect mild cognitive impairment.

The Development of a Health Impact Assessment Framework for the Philippines

• Beverly Ho, Manila Philippines: Beverly is Health Research Division Chief at the Philippines Department of Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau. She works on providing the Department of Health with evidence needed to support health systems reforms to improve the health of Filipinos equitably and efficiently.

• Somporn Pengkam: Somporn is a Community Health Impact Assessment Practitioner based in Udon Thani, Thailand. She works with rights litigators and academics to facilitate community health impact assessment learning in Thailand and Myanmar.

About the Atlantic Fellows

There are currently almost 400 Atlantic Fellows from 61 countries and that number is expected to rise to almost 3000 over the next decade.

https://www.atlanticfellows.org

About the Atlantic Institute

The Atlantic Institute, based at Rhodes House, University of Oxford, supports the global network of Atlantic Fellows to learn and work across programs, borders and disciplines to advance fairer, healthier more inclusive societies. It supports a lifelong community of action among Atlantic Fellows by providing them with access to long-term resources, wider networks and opportunities to connect, learn and collaborate to tackle inequities.

https://www.atlanticfellows.org/atlantic-institute

About Atlantic Philanthropies

The Atlantic Philanthropies have committed over $660M, alongside other partner organizations and governments, to support the work of a global network of thousands of Atlantic Fellows over the next two decades, and beyond.

This investment – in both the Atlantic Fellows and the institutions that will support and nurture them – is the foundation’s biggest bet ever. It is the culmination of Atlantic’s long history of investing in people and in their vision, opportunity and ability to realize a better world.

https://www.atlanticphilanthropies.org/

For more information about the Atlantic Senior Fellows Awards and Programs:

Visit:

https://atlanticfellows.org/news/2019/7/15/inaugural-atlantic-senior-fellow-awards

Contact:

Fionnuala Sweeney, Director of Communications, Atlantic Institute f.sweeney@atlanticfellows.org

For pictures of the winners: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1JCGP1CW5vB8i5NZoY5lEnUQpje6-R2Jh

Global Team to Fight Dementia Begins Pioneering Training Programme at Trinity

The four trainees from Ireland, Spain, and the Netherlands will be the first to graduate as Atlantic Fellows at GBHI in Ireland and will go on to be advocates and leaders in brain health, implementing programs throughout the globe to help prevent or lessen the impact of cognitive impairment. Their work spans key points across the prevention, diagnosis, assessment, and management arc of the dementia spectrum.