The Necessity of Diplomacy in Brain Health

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Aims• To influence the global policy environment for brain health and bridge different disciplines to improve brain health around the globe• To protect the world’s populations from threats to brain health throughout the life course particularly in later life• To collaborate in expanding prevention and treatment interventionsFoundational disciplinesHealth diplomacy; technology diplomacy; innovation diplomacy; science diplomacy; convergence scienceBrain health threats to be addressedMicro level—individualTrauma, unsafe living and working conditions, poor diet, inadequate access to health care, lack of broadly available care for mental illness, environmental exposures, and inadequate treatment of chronic often multimorbid conditions such as hypertension and diabetesMeso level—communitySocial isolation, low educational attainment, inconsistent health care coverage, low socioeconomic status, lack of economic opportunities, violent crime, chemical contaminants, and air pollutionMacro level—national and transnationalClimate change, population ageing, rising economic inequality, ongoing rural–urban migration and megacities with disrupted social safety nets, large-scale armed conflicts and resulting mass migration, and the mass digitalisation of lifeExemplars of brain health diplomacy• Alzheimer’s Disease International• European Brain Council• Global Council on Brain Health


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