February 14, 2016 - Global Alliance on Women’s Brain Health at World Dementia Council
Leaders from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom announced Global Alliance on Women’s Brain Health to raise awareness of women’s brain health challenges, and significantly expand funding for sex-based, brain health research that benefits both men and women.
The Global Alliance on Women’s Brain Health will define a scientific agenda, drive new funding for research, and convene scientific leaders to assure the most rapid and effective scientific strategies in women’s brain health. With the population of the world aging and much of the increase in dementia taking place in low and middle-income countries, the Global Alliance on Women’s Brain Health also plans to expand to regions outside of North America and the UK, including Africa and Asia.
“Women have been looking into the wrong mirror when it comes to Alzheimer’s. We are either in denial or overwhelmed. It’s a disease that emotionally and financially jeopardizes families and makes us all ‘second-hand victims.’ It’s critical that what happens to us be factored into the data,” said Meryl Comer, President of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative and Co-Founder of the 21st Century BrainTrust. “The way to beat the odds is for women leaders globally to leverage their economic and political clout.”