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Brain Capital Dashboard highlighted at WHO meeting on early life brain health

Geneva, Switzerland, 3rd May, 2023: The World Health Organization hosted ‘TECHNICAL MEETING TO DISCUSS THE INTEGRATION OF BRAIN HEALTH MEASURES IN EARLY LIFE INTO POPULATION METRICS’ at their headquarters in Geneva on the 2nd and 3rd of May. Harris Eyre, advisor to EMEA and fellow with Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, was selected to attend. Eyre highlighted the Brain Capital Dashboard during the event and noted it as a leading approach to neuroscience-inspired policy across the lifespan. Brain capital is a productive and complex capital stock that accumulates over the lifecycle.

This technical meeting aims to bring together key stakeholders and subject matter experts with the goal to identify the key components of a measurement framework for brain health in early life that is robust and versatile and can be used in different scenarios and modelling efforts. Key objectives included outlining key components of a measurement framework for brain health; mapping current efforts to operationalize and measure brain health in early life; understanding requirements and modelling strategies for integrating individual brain health measures into population metrics; and identifying synergies of existing initiatives and datasets and discuss gaps and needs for future metrics development.

Participants converged on Geneva from around the world and included leaders from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the WHO, Harvard University and a range of global universities and NGOs.

Deliberations of this meeting will be summarized in a meeting report and peer-reviewed journal