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Meet the 2020–21 Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health

This September, a new group of emerging interprofessional leaders joined a global movement to protect the world’s population from threats to brain health: the 2020–21 Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI).

Hailing from nineteen countries spanning Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe—and from various disciplines including the arts and humanities, medicine, cognitive science, public health, education and advocacy—the fellows reflect a truly diverse range of geographies, expertise and promise.

Meet the 2020–21 Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health (please use website year filter to see the 2020 cohort)

“We are excited for this new, distinguished cohort of fellows to join our community,” said Victor Valcour, executive director of GBHI. “I expect we will learn a lot from their unique perspectives and ambitions to advance brain health and dementia prevention on a global scale.” 

The incoming cohort expands the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health program’s geographic spread to include five new countries, including Germany, India, Italy, Nicaragua and Zimbabwe. The program now totals 146 fellows from 42 countries.

Since 2016, the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health program has trained a global community of emerging interprofessional leaders in brain health and dementia prevention through its 12-month residential program at both its founding sites at University of California, San Francisco and Trinity College Dublin. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of this year’s cohort will begin their fellowship remotely.

“In these challenging times, we are heartened by the character, courage and passion of this talented group of fellows that have committed themselves to help tackle the global challenge posed by dementia,” said Brian Lawlor, deputy executive director of GBHI.

Through their work, fellows will address local and global inequities in brain health and dementia around the world at a policy and practice level, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of people with dementia. 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.

Applications for 2021–22 cohort of Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health are open until October 15, 2020. Learn more and apply today. 

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