Think Brain Health Global newsletter – November 2021

Dear supporters

  • European Health Forum Gastein: watch the session in full
  • New endorsers!
  • Recommended articles: new ‘brain health’ report summary
  • Spread the word

European Health Forum Gastein 2021: watch the session in full

We were very pleased to deliver a session at the European Health Forum Gastein 2021 conference in October that built on the findings of the evidence-based report Time matters: a call to prioritize brain health. The key message was the necessity of communicating the risk of brain disease to people during the ‘window of opportunity’ in mid-life and supporting them in leading a brain-healthy lifestyle to improve outcomes in later life. From the management of those at risk of developing neurodegenerative disease to insights from patient experience, the session highlighted the importance of healthy brain lifestyles.

Watch the session on our website to hear the expert speakers discuss how to increase public understanding of brain disease prevention and share the message that “what’s good for the heart is good for the brain.”

Speakers & panellists

  • Daniel Gibbs, retired neurologist and author living with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Alastair Noyce, Reader in Neurology and Consultant Neurologist, Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health
  • Ruth Trout, Senior Lecturer, Buckinghamshire New University and member of the European Association of Neuroscience Nurses
  • Wiesje van der Flier, Professor of Neurology, Amsterdam University Medical Centers
  • Paweł Świeboda, CEO, EBRAINS


  • Anya Sitaram, Founding Director and Executive Producer, Rockhopper TV

New endorsers!

We are delighted to announce that we have five new endorsers:

  • The Drake Foundation
  • Turkish Alzheimer Association
  • Alzheimer Bulgaria Association
  • Panhellenic Federation of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
  • International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research.

You can find a full list of our endorsers on our website and please get in touch if you’d be interested in supporting us and promoting the recommendations of the policy report, Time matters: a call to prioritize brain health. Endorsing this publication provides a great opportunity to demonstrate publicly the position of your organization as a leader in preventive neurology and to collaborate with a network of other leading neurodegenerative disease stakeholders.

Recommended articles: new ‘brain health’ report summary

Alzheimer’s Research UK published their ‘Brain health policy report in January 2021 as part of a wider cross-charity series of activities. The report details the findings of their joint investigation with the Royal Society for Public Health into the potential of reframing the risk reduction conversation around brain health. Through a national survey and a series of focus groups, they found there is considerable public appetite to engage with the positive potential of looking after our brains. Notably, the research shows 69% of UK adults believe they can influence their brain health, whereas only 34% believe they can reduce their risk of developing dementia. Alzheimer’s Research UK also found that the term ‘brain health’ resonates with people of all ages and that it is a stronger driver of health-conscious behaviour than the concept of dementia risk reduction. 

Spread the word

Please show your support for the Think Brain Health Global initiative by sharing this newsletter and our website with your colleagues and friends directly and via your social media feeds. They can find out more about Think Brain Health Global and sign up to receive updates by going to the foot of any page here or find us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thank you for your continuing support!

As always, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch at:
Best wishes,

Dr Alastair Noyce
Chair of the Think Brain Health Global Steering Committee

On behalf of the Think Brain Health Global Steering Committee: Kris Dierickx, Giovanni Frisoni, Gavin Giovannoni, Karl Heilbron, Susan Mitchell, Ingrid Roesner, Ruth Trout, Wiesje van der Flier, Charlotte Warren-Gash.