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.