The Brain Health Initiative (BHI) is a cutting-edge, new approach to studying brain health that’s set to revolutionize neuroscience research and position the Florida Gulf Coast as a global leader in scientific innovation. Through a groundbreaking collective impact framework that seeks to engage community members in the full research and innovation process – from study design to evaluation – the BHI will draw on some of the brightest minds of our time to address what experts say may be the biggest medical priority of the 21st century: brain health.
Featuring collaborative leadership from Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital, and the Academy for Brain Health and Performance, the BHI will focus on the science, application, and innovation of brain health promotion, prevention, early identification, evidence-based intervention, and performance optimization across the lifespan.
This pioneering goal will be accomplished through three distinct components:
Collective impact approach: “Collective impact” is defined as the commitment of a group of cross-sector stakeholders to a common agenda to solve a complex social problem at scale. Instead of simply learning about the community, the BHI aspires to learn with it.
Longitudinal research: A multi-generational, epidemiological study that will follow Florida Gulf Coast residents, visitors, and workforce for decades to identify risk and protective factors associated with brain health, illness, and performance at every stage of life.
Innovation lab: A “living laboratory” set to attract global scholars, clinicians, innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors to conduct clinical trials and test the scalability of innovative brain health solutions.
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